Think. Make. Dance.
You’re looking for a place that will challenge you as a thinker and mover. You’re looking for a dance community that will support your growth as a creative, dynamic, conscious dance artist. You’re ready to immerse yourself daily in rigorous practice in the studio, the classroom, and beyond. It’s all waiting for you in the heart of the midwest.
The University of Iowa offers three undergraduate programs in dance: a Bachelor of Arts (BA), Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA), and minor in dance. We are also home to one of the top graduate MFA programs in dance in the country. All students have ample opportunities to work on the front lines of innovation in dance by performing in work by faculty, graduate students, guest artists, and in producing their own choreography.
BFA in Dance - For students with advanced technique, exceptional creativity, and professional promise. Immersion in performance/technique + choice of choreography, pedagogy, or dance studies. Culminates with senior project in choreography, performance, or research. (120 s.h. // 85 in the major)
BA in Dance - For students who want rigorous studio practice paired with a strong liberal arts education. Performance + choreography emphases, plus theory, history, kinesiology, and production. (120 s.h. // 58 in the major)
Dance Minor - 15 s.h. minor for students who wish to continue their dance studies while pursuing other degrees.
An audition is required for all programs.
Why Dance at Iowa?
The Department of Dance is a close-knit, supportive dance community with a culture that facilitates academic and artistic growth. Our faculty are deeply invested in students’ development, and they challenge our students to innovate and push boundaries, while prioritizing the well-being of each individual.
We create ample opportunities for students to perform in works by faculty, graduate students, guest artists, and to produce their own choreography. Students are valuable partners in the creative process, which reflects the work being done in the professional dance field. UI Dance alumni are so successful because the curriculum nurtures the dancer as a whole person— intellectually, physically, and artistically.
Auditions are required for all prospective dance majors and minors, and are held in the fall and spring. Be sure to complete your supplemental dance application in MyUI. This is also where you will select your audition date. Visit our Undergraduate Auditions page to learn more about the audition process!
Fall: November 12, 2021 (application deadline Nov. 5)
Spring: February 24 + 25, 2022 (application deadline Feb. 18)
The University of Iowa and Iowa City
The UI Department of Dance benefits from being located in Iowa City, Iowa; a diverse community and a supportive environment for the arts! Arts organizations, events, and performance venues of all sizes make this a great place to get an education. Here are some links to explore further:
- Arts Iowa Calendar
- Summer of the Arts
- Iowa City Downtown District
- Cultural Corridor
- University of Iowa Division of Performing Arts
We can't wait to welcome you to the UI Dance family! As you consider your options and make an informed choice about a college or university dance program, we encourage you to call or write us to arrange a campus visit. If you have any questions, please contact:
Undergraduate Audition and Recruitment Coordinator