• Application Deadline
  • 48 months
Salem, IL, United States
The bachelor of arts in Dance offered by Salem State University provides students with a comprehensive liberal arts education in the field of dance. Students learn a diverse range of dance techniques: modern, ballet, improvisation, mind-body awareness, as well as rotating topics in dance technique (hip-hop, tap, jazz, flamenco, tango, etc.). 
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The Bachelor of Arts - Dance degree offers a well-balanced program that prepares students to have an understanding of the field of dance including performance, dance making, arts administration, teaching, and dance writing (criticism and scholarship).

Dance composition and performance are a primary focus throughout the student’s studies; through composition and performance classes, students learn about the art of dance making and develop a personal artistic voice. Additionally, students have many opportunities to choreograph and perform in Salem Dance Ensemble, a faculty-run dance group.

Through ongoing studio practice in class, students will develop proficiency in various dance techniques and somatic practices: modern, ballet, improvisation, yoga, mind-body awareness. Rotating topics in dance technique (i.e., hip-hop, tap, jazz, flamenco, tango) enrich the student’s ongoing studies, providing opportunities to study dance styles from a breadth of diverse cultures.

Studies in dance history and theory will give students a strong foundation in critical and creative thinking. Students will gain skills in creative problem-solving and develop detailed observation, listening, and introspective skills. The capstone seminar offers a culminating experience for students to further research an area of personal interest.

Dance pedagogy examines the methodology, learning styles, and the art of teaching the dance form and provide students with a solid foundation for dance instruction. Courses in dance production combined with hands-on production experience develop the student’s administrative and leadership skills.

Visiting artists from varied backgrounds teach master classes and perform throughout the academic year. These applied experiences with professional artists expose students to current trends in the dance field and enhance the educational experience. Students participate in the American College Dance Association each year and exemplary students can be initiated into the National Honor Society for Dance Arts.

The dance major degree program encourages experimentation, risk-taking, and interdisciplinary approaches in the student’s development as a dance artist. The dance curriculum cultivates a healthy respect and awareness in the body’s ability to communicate ideas, allowing students to create connections between their lives and the larger society.

Our Mission

Salem State University's mission is to provide a high quality, student-centered education that prepares a diverse community of learners to contribute responsibly and creatively to a global society, and serve as a resource to advance the region's cultural, social and economic development.

Detailed Programme Facts

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

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Introduction to Dance 
  • Special Topics in Dance (Rotating Topics, four required)
  • Ballet I 
  • Modern Dance I 
  • Dance Improvisation 
  • Dance Ensemble I 
  • Dance Composition I 
  • Dance Composition II 
  • The Dancing Body 
  • Dance Entrepreneurship 
  • Dance: Context and Cultures 
  • Teaching Dance 
  • Senior Capstone in Dance 
  • Dance Electives

For more information please visit the program website.

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.

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    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks.

General Requirements

  • Complete the online application
  • Send us your transcripts
  • Submit your standardized test scores
  • Submit Proof of English Language Proficiency

Tuition Fee

  • International

    18480 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 18480 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    18480 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 18480 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • In-State

    11675 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 11675 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Salem

  • 1100 - 1500 USD/month
    Living Costs

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