About Dance

Dancers use movement to tell stories, express themselves, provide entertainment and inspire others. There are numerous styles of dance, including ballet, tap, jazz and modern dance. The Valdosta State University dance program, one of only a handful of colleges in the state to offer a major in the field, fosters excellence in these areas of dance and prepares students to succeed as professional artists. 

Dance at Valdosta State University

Students are accepted into the Valdosta State dance program by audition. Classes are small, with an average of 15 students per class, and students enjoy a close-knit relationship with faculty. Dance students collaborate in several productions with the Valdosta State theatre department and have the opportunity to become involved with the Peach State Summer Theatre, a nine-week summer program that takes place on campus each summer. In addition to study abroad trips to Europe, the department regularly sponsors trips to New York and Los Angeles to visit companies and network with alumni. Students can gain practical experience on campus by working in box office assistantships. Student organizations geared toward dance majors include the VSU Repertory Dance Club and the VSU Ballroom Dance Club.


  • Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.)


  • Dance

About the Degree Curriculum


Students in the Bachelor of Fine Arts program in dance receive expert instruction in technique, performance, choreography, dance teaching and theoretical studies. In addition to building a strong foundation in these areas, students learn how to succeed as professional artists, articulate aesthetic values and handle the practical demands of a career in dance. Students graduating with a degree in dance are prepared to enter the profession as performers, choreographers and educators or may choose to pursue graduate study in dance.

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The dance minor is designed for students who want to enhance their skills in and knowledge of dance. Any student may minor in dance, and auditions are not required. The minor is especially beneficial for theatre majors who want to broaden their horizons. 18 hours of coursework are required.


  • Aerobics instructor
  • Arts administrator
  • Ballet teacher
  • Choreographer
  • Company dancer
  • Dance company manager
  • Dance notator
  • Dance therapist
  • Dance/arts journalist
  • Jazz teacher
  • Modern dance teacher
  • Pilates instructor
  • Professional ballerina
  • Professional dancer
  • Tap teacher
  • Yoga instructor

*Some career possibilities may require additional degrees or certifications.

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