Dance

Bachelor of Arts (BA)
Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA)

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What you will learn in this program

Dance scholars ask such questions as: What frames our experience of dance? What political and historical events have shaped specific dance forms? How do our choreographic choices impact an audience? How does kinesthetic awareness prevent injury? How can dance embody politics?

Dance enables you to fully experience yourself and your place in the world by heightening your senses, sharpening your perceptions, honing your physical capacity, and drawing attention to issues of representation and identity. In this program, you will transform your knowledge of dance by engaging with dance history, pedagogy, choreography, critical theory, dance for the camera, dance science, improvisation, dance production, and various dance techniques. During the course of your studies you will gain creative thinking skills, research and analytical capabilities, written and verbal communication skills, as well as a rigorous practical and theoretical training in dance.

You can earn both a Bachelor of Arts in Dance and a Bachelor of Kinesiology in just five years through our combined degree program.

Career opportunities

As a Dance graduate, you will be prepared for career opportunities in such areas as dance performance, choreography, dance teaching, dance administration, and dance science. An Arts degree can also be used as a stepping-stone to graduate studies or other professional degrees in such areas as law, medicine, education, architecture, journalism, arts administration, business, or environmental design.

Courses you'll take:

Modern and Contemporary Dance HIstory, Dance Aesthetics, Criticism and Analysis, Safe Dance Practice and Complementary, Dance Psychology, ​Elementary Contemporary Dance I

Admission requirements and information

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Program Highlights

Hands-on opportunities

Study abroad opportunities - Cultural and academic experiences at destinations around the world.

Program enhancements

Arts and Science Honours Academy (ASHA) - A six-course interdisciplinary program with a second language aspect and travel components.

Consider UCalgary dance a four-year audition with opportunities to perform, exposure to a world of dance you never knew existed and important career connections to Calgary’s dance community. In my first year alone I had four internationally recognized guest instructors. There’s a world of research, enhancing versatility. And performing—I successfully auditioned for Dance Mainstage giving me the chance to perform for large audiences, work in a professional environment, and get credit for time!

Maggie M., dance student

Did you know? You can earn two degrees in five years. Learn more about combined degree program options.

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Faculty Information

Faculty of Arts (Fine Arts)
Social Sciences Building, Room 102
2500 University Drive NW
Calgary, Alberta T2N 1N4
403.220.3580