The Bachelor of Arts in Dance provides thorough professional preparation while allowing the greatest curricular space for electives or a second major. Through balanced and integrated curriculum, you'll learn the cultural, theatrical and performing aspects of dance. Develop working methods that are both safe and correct as you explore your personal artistry. An audition is required after being admitted to the university.

The Nebraska Difference


Participate in workshops with Lied Center performers


Over $1 million in scholarships offered to fine and performing arts students each year


Study in professional $2.5 million dance studios

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Program Features

Study in State-of-the-Art Dance Studios 

Dance students have 24-hour access to dance studios that feature classrooms, rehearsal and recital spaces, locker rooms, ice machines and costume storage. 

Tailor Your Degree to Your Interests 

The Bachelor of Arts in Dance allows you to customize your learning at Nebraska with a variety of minors or a double-major.  

Collaborate With the Hixson-Lied Community 

Take advantage of our vibrant community inside the Hixson-Lied College of Fine and Performing Arts. Collaborate on student projects in emerging media arts, theatre or other ensembles inside the Glenn Korff School of Music. 

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Notable Courses

Beginning Modern Dance (DANC 112)

Introductory phase of studio training in modern dance. Emphasis is placed on mastering the fundamentals of movement, including style, phrasing, musicality, personal interpretation and improvisation.

Ballet I (DANC 111)

Classical ballet technique leading to an exact and proper application of the fundamentals and principles of ballet movement and vocabulary.

Pilates (DANC 171)

Theory and practice of Pilates through the lens of various philosophies of instruction.

Dance Composition (DANC 300)

Structural organization of the elements of movement. Theory and practice in the craft of dance composition. Concepts, content and their perceptual validity through movement.

Dance Kinesiology and Injury Prevention (DANC 338)

Biomechanical principles affecting the structure and function of the musculoskeletal system. Causes, treatment methods and prevention of dance-related injuries. Body conditioning programs for injury prevention.

Dance, Culture and Politics (DANC 349)

Focuses on understanding how dance practices are embodied enactments of specific historical, cultural and political developments.

Huskers Do Big Things


  • Performer, We Are Nebraska
  • Intern, Lied Center
  • Student LIEDer, Lied Center


  • Dancer, Denver Nuggets
  • Owner, Pure Movement Dance Institute
  • Professor of Dance, Red Rocks Community College

Graduate Schools

  • MFA in Dance, New York University
  • MFA in Dance Choreography, California Institute of the Arts
  • MFA in Dance, University of Michigan
  • MFA in Dance, University of Iowa

Have Questions? We're Here to Help

If you have questions about the Dance major or navigating the application process, contact us.

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Contact Name
Chris Watson
Contact Title
Director of Recruitment