Why Iowa?

Iowa Dance is a close-knit creative community, nestled in the heart of a major university, in a vibrant small city that loves the arts and ideas. Guided by nationally respected artist-professors, you'll dance, study, and perform as part of a well-rounded liberal arts and sciences education.

Prepare for any career

Earn your MFA in choreography or performance

Extraordinary artists, scholars, and teachers

Join the Iowa Dance Family

We're a welcoming and supportive community of creators on a campus full of friendly people doing fascinating things. We invite you to train and perform with professors and fellow students who are as passionate about dance as you–and to develop your artistry, your career, and your knowledge of the world.

Write Your Story

You have lots of interests–and we want you to explore them all as part of our Iowa Dance family. As an undergraduate, we'll encourage you to double-major, to transcend disciplinary boundaries, and to build your unique life and career.

Earn your Masters of Fine Arts in Dance

Your MFA in Dance prepares you to take the next step in your professional journey. If you're an expressive, curious, and passionate dancer seeking an immersive education in a creative community through supportive, comprehensive training, we invite you to experience our graduate program.

Apply to the graduate program
undergraduate students practicing ballet at barres in Halsey Hall gym

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university to award MFA degree in the U.S.

undergraduate student Ellie Daley dressed in black dancing on the steps of Catlett Hall. she is linging forward with her arms stretched over her head in the opposite direction and looking back at the camera

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student-led dance concerts and performances each year


The only comprehensive Dance Program in Iowa

dancer in Intermediate Jazz dance class. Primary Instructor, Lovar Kidd

64 %

of BA students are double majors

a group of BFA dancers performing a student-choreographed piece during their 2023 program concert in Space Place Theatre

News and announcements

Hancher's Infinite Dream festival (2023)

Tuesday, November 7, 2023
Through the lens of the arts, Infinite Dream explores the complex fabric of the American Story—our grand accomplishments, disruptive failures, and remarkable potential for excellence. Presented October 11–21, 2023 across the University of Iowa campus and in the Iowa City community. Featuring over the 30 artists and thinkers from around the world as well as faculty and students from the University of Iowa. This is our #InfiniteDream Video credit: Jason Smith


Grad Event

Saturday, December 2, 2023 8:00pm
Space Place Theater

Grad/Undergrad Concert

Thursday, December 7, 2023 8:00pm
Space Place Theater

Grad/Undergrad Concert

Friday, December 8, 2023 8:00pm
Space Place Theater

Grad/Undergrad Concert

Saturday, December 9, 2023 8:00pm
Space Place Theater
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