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Dance, Bachelor

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
South Hadley, MA, United States
A dance student will investigate physical, cultural and aesthetic principles of dance and embody the skillful practice of different dance traditions. The Bachelor in Dance from Mount Holyoke College has a curriculum of core courses and areas of concentration emphasize technical training, performance, creative practice and critical/theoretical understanding.
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Bachelor in Dance from Mount Holyoke College offers a comprehensive curriculum emphasizing technical training, creative experimentation, and critical/theoretical understanding. The department is renowned for its extensive studio offerings in ballet technique, contemporary/modern technique, and repertory/performance, as well as its rotating offerings in West African dance, hip hop, tap, jazz, Indian classical dance, Tango, contact improvisation and musical theatre. Theory courses range from Scientific Foundations in Dance to Studies in Dance History, Analysis of Rhythm and Choreography.

The dance major offers the opportunity to investigate these and other questions through a curriculum of core courses and areas of concentration emphasizing technical training, creative practice and critical/theoretical understanding. 

The major is designed to prepare students for dance careers in:

  • choreography and performance; 
  • science, 
  • somatics and arts therapies;
  •  education and community engagement 
  • and history 
  • theory and criticism.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    48 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses Included:
  • Studies in Dance History
  • Scientific Foundations
  • Elementary Composition
  • Dance and Culture
  • Analysis of Rhythm from a Dancer’s Perspective
  • Senior Seminar

Choreography and Performance:

  • Intermediate Composition
  • Repertory and Theory or Classical Ballet Variations
  • Advanced Composition
  • Rhythmic Analysis II

Dance Science, Somatics and Arts Therapies

  • Laban Movement Analysis
  • The Sustainable Self: Resources for Body and Mind
  • Advanced Scientific Foundations of Dance
  • Advanced Studies, Special Topics

History, Theory and Criticism

  • Dance Studies
  • Writing About Dance
  • Advanced Studies: Special Topics
  • The Round Table: Research in Dance

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

General Requirements

  • Submit the Common Application
  • SAT I, SAT II, and ACT test scores are optional, though you are welcome to submit them
  • If you are applying for financial aid, it is important to know the deadlines and what forms are required
  • Mount Holyoke strongly recommends scheduling an interview with an admission counselor or alumna representative prior to applying
  • If you have athletic talents, Mount Holyoke is happy to receive portfolios, tapes, slides, or videos that showcase your talent
    • If you have devoted a significant amount of time to art, dance, film, music, or theatre and you plan to continue it at Mount Holyoke as a major, you may submit examples of your work as a supplement to your application
    • Transcript Evaluation

Tuition Fee

  • International

    52040 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 52040 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    52040 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 52040 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for South Hadley

  • 1068 - 2220 USD/month
    Living Costs

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