The list of the top ten dance colleges

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The list of the top ten dance colleges
Instruction in ballet and other forms of dance is offered at numerous colleges in the United States. (vor dem tanz image by Michael Stüning from

Collegiate-level programs in dance train students in a myriad of different dance styles, training techniques, and performance methods. In addition to theatrical training, the majority of university dance degree programs are also inclusive of classroom lecture instruction on the cultural history and development of dance throughout the world, as well as contemporary trends in performance writing, staging, and business. "U.S. News & World Report" ranks the top dance programs in the United States annually.

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Barnard College / Columbia University

Columbia University's Barnard College offers major and minor degree programs in dance. Courses span a broad spectrum of academic and technical subjects, including biomechanical theory, world dance history, dance criticism, and modern ballet.

Columbia University

Barnard College

3009 Broadway

New York, NY 10027


Northwestern University

The Northwestern University School of Communication offers an undergraduate degree program in dance. The school's faculty consists of award-winning professional dancers, choreographers, and dance scholars from around the word. The program is buttressed by a liberal arts education to foster professional growth and capability as well as dance skills.

Northwestern University

School of Communication

2240 Campus Dr.

Evanston IL 60208


Washington University in St. Louis

The Arts & Science Department at Washington University in St. Louis offers a wide variety of dance degree programs. Areas of concentration include dance, ballet, modern dance, world music, and theatre. Students have the opportunity to perform in plays and choreographed works written by both faculty and guests artists.

Washington University

Performing Arts Department

One Brookings Dr.

St. Louis, MO 63130


Cornell University

Cornell University's Department of Theater, Film, and Dance offers undergraduate and graduate level instruction in dance. Coursework includes exploratory dance labs and techno soma kinetics. The school also offers a wide variety of dance research courses at its satellite campuses in Europe.

Cornell University

Department of Theatre, Film, and Dance

410 Thurston Ave.

Cornell University

Ithaca, NY 14850


Emory University

Emory University offers major and minor programs in dance and movement studies. The program is grounded in coursework exploring the emotional, intellectual, and kinesthetic aspects of dance through technical and research studies. Students are encouraged to join the Emory Dance Company, which features works created by Emory students each spring.

Emory University

Dance Program

1602 Fishburne Dr.

Atlanta, GA 30322


University of California at Berkeley

The dance and performance studies major at the University of California at Berkeley pairs goals-oriented feedback mechanisms with a foundational course load in dance technique and choreography. Students are required to complete a senior capstone project inclusive of a research assistantship, performance project, or independent study.

University of California at Berkeley

Theatre Dance & Performing Studies

101 Dwinelle Annex

Berkeley, CA 94720



University of Michigan

The dance department at the University of Michigan offers both a bachelor of fine arts and a master of fine arts degree in dance. The school's undergraduate program places emphasis on modern dance with coursework including dance repertory, composition, and technique. Graduate-level coursework includes music theory and musicology.

University of Michigan

School of Music, Theater, and Dance

1100 Baits Dr.

Ann Arbor, MI 48109


New York University

Master's and bachelor's degree programs in dance are offered at New York University's Tisch School for the Arts. Students in both programs are eligible to study abroad at one of the schools numerous overseas locations, including South Africa and England. Coursework includes production crew studies, acting, and dance improvisation.

New York University

Tisch School of the Arts

721 Broadway

New York, NY 10003


University of Illinois

The undergraduate dance degree program at the University of Illinois places emphasis on physical awareness and social communication. Workshops are grounded in creative problem-solving through choreography and group interactions. Coursework includes dance therapy, Pilates, and dance history.

University of Illinois

Dance Administration

907 1/2 West Nevada St.

Urbana, IL 61801-3810


University of Wisconson

The University of Wisconsin's dance program is grounded in the development of practical dance skills complemented by rigorous lab work in theoretical performance and knowledge. Founded in 1926, the program is one of the oldest collegiate dance programs in the United States. Biannual performances are created in collaboration between students and faculty.

University of Wisconsin

Dance Program

Lathrop Hall, 1050 University Ave.

Madison, WI 53706


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