Dance Major

The Duke Dance Program curriculum is designed to encourage the exploration of dance from interdisciplinary perspectives: historical, cultural, aesthetic, literary, technological, musical, scientific and creative. Students are able to customize their undergraduate dance curriculum by choosing one of the three study concentrations.

Bachelor of Arts in Dance Requirements:

  • 10 academic course credits
  • 4 half-credit technique and performance credits
  • 20 hours of crew and production support

Download: Dance Major Worksheet

Academic Course Credits: 10 Course Credits

NOTE: Students cannot select a course that is also listed under their chosen concentration.

Technique and Performance Credits: 4 half-credit courses

  • Two half-credit courses in dance technique at the second level or above (e.g. Modern Dance II, African Dance II, Ballet II, Jazz II). Choose one from two different dance forms. Students majoring in Dance are expected to attain and/or maintain the high intermediate level of modern dance or ballet or African dance technique.
  • Two half-credit courses in repertory. Students must audition for repertory courses, and schedules are announced each semester.

Crew and Production Support

  • 20 hours total of crew and production work are required of each student. This may be completed at any time during the four-year undergraduate experience.

Course Substitutions

You may petition that courses offered in other departments and programs be counted as coursework toward the major, as long as there is clear documentation of their intellectual value to the overall goals of the major. No courses may be used to substitute for DANCE101, DANCE105S, DANCE375, DANCE487S and DANCE489T. One course credit earned at the American Dance Festival may be counted toward the requirements for the major.  Appropriate courses taken through the Duke in New York Arts Program and during study away may fulfill requirements for the major.