Students entering the program should have a strong background and interest in dance. This should include experience in at least two dance styles (ballet, modern, or jazz).

Admission into the Major

Admission to the dance major is by audition only. For information on the audition process, contact The University of Alabama, Department of Theatre and Dance, Box 870239, Tuscaloosa, AL 35487-0239; or visit

Special Opportunities

The dance program, accredited by the National Association of Schools of Dance (NASD), adheres to professional standards for technique in classical ballet and modern and jazz dance. The department presents two dance concerts each semester: the Alabama Repertory Dance Theatre (ARDT) and Dance Alabama! concerts. Alabama Repertory Dance Theatre is the pre-professional student dance company that performs classical repertoire as well as contemporary and jazz choreography. Acceptance into the company is by audition only. Dance Alabama! concerts are comprised of student works that are chosen by dance faculty adjudication. Dance Alabama! is a theatrical venue designed to showcase serious choreography that is conceptually original, technically proficient, and well crafted. Participation in ARDT and Dance Alabama! is open to dance majors and non-majors. 

Students earning the bachelor of arts (BA) degree with a major in dance must complete all University, College and departmental degree requirements. These include the general education requirements, the following major requirements, all requirements for an approved minor and other sufficient credits to total a minimum of 120 applicable semester hours.

More InformationHours
Major Courses
DN 105Freshman Seminar for DN Majors1
DN 211 or Modern Dance II-A3
DN 212 Modern Dance II-B
DN 251 or Jazz Technique II-A3
DN 252 Jazz Technique II-B
Select one of the following:3
Ballet Technique I-A
Ballet Technique I-B
Ballet Technique II-A
Ballet Technique II-B
Credit Hours Subtotal: 10
Select 11 hours of DN courses at 300/400 level11
Select nine hours of DN or DNCA electives 19
Credit Hours Subtotal: 20
Ancillary Courses
Grades in ancillary courses are not computed into the major GPA. The major in dance requires the successful completion of the following course outside the major:
DNCA 240Choreography I3
DNCA 265Introduction to Anatomy and Kinesiology For Dance3
DNCA 470History Of Dance I3
DNCA 471History of Dance II3
TH 324Lighting and Sound for Dance3
Credit Hours Subtotal: 15
Total Hours45

Grade Point Average

A 2.0 grade point average in the major is required for completion of the degree. Please see the Grades and Grade Points section of this catalog for an explanation on grade point average calculations.

Upper-level Residency

A minimum of 12 hours in 300- and 400-level courses in the major must be earned on this campus.

Required Minor

This major requires the completion of a minor. A minor in theatre or business is recommended.

Additional Major Requirements

Dance majors must reach a proficiency level of 300 in the major technique (modern, ballet or jazz) and 200 in the secondary technique (modern, ballet or jazz) before graduation. Dance majors must participate in all program auditions. Students are responsible for ensuring that they have met all University, College, major and minor requirements. However, each student must meet with an adviser in the major department for academic planning and to be approved for registration each semester. College advisers are also available for additional assistance with minor, College and University requirements.

Career opportunities include performing with professional dance companies (ballet, modern and/or jazz), Broadway/off Broadway/touring productions, cruise lines, commercial/television, teaching/running a private dance studio and freelance choreography. Students are also prepared to enter graduate programs in dance for the purpose of teaching at colleges and universities.

Types of Jobs Accepted

Graduates of the University of Alabama dance program have accepted jobs in dance performance, choreography, dance instruction and administration.

Jobs of Experienced Alumni

Our alumni have worked in professional venues such as the Radio City Rockettes, Gus Giordano, Alabama Ballet, Complexions, Disney Productions, national Broadway tours, cruise lines, freelance choreography and top graduate schools, as well as running their own private studios.

Learn more about opportunities in this field at the Career Center