Thank you for your interest in the Texas A&M University Dance Program. The TAMU Dance Program focuses on the health and well-being of the dancer while finding a balance between one’s structural limitations and the aesthetics of dance. Students study anatomy, injury prevention, nutrition, psychological aspects of the dancer, dance research, and proper biomechanical principles of dance technique. Additional coursework includes dance production, dance composition, Pilates, dance history, partnering, improvisation, and dance pedagogy.
Students enrolled in the dance science program move on to gain entrance into professional schools to study for careers in physical therapy and dance therapy, attend graduate school for their MFA in dance, become teachers with an anatomical approach to teaching dance technique, and become performers with an understanding on how to dance longer and healthier. We offer three different degree tracks for students to choose from. Students enrolled in the B.S. in Kinesiology: Dance Science have 18 hours of elective in the degree to tailor the degree towards their ultimate career goals. Students interested in the medical field can use the 18 hours towards pre-requisites for professional school. Students interested in dancing professionally can use the 18 hours for additional technique classes, choreography classes, improvisation, partnering, and other dance courses. Students interested in teaching will be required to add the SEED minor and can use the 18 hours of electives to enhance their dance or teaching education. Visit our website, dance.tamu.edu, for more information about the SEED minor.
Through our guest artist program, students have the opportunity to work with guest artists in masterclasses, performances, and rehearsals. This allows students to work with a variety of professionals in the field whether it is a guest artist in ballet, modern dance, or dance science. Past guests have included Katherine Duke (Erick Hawkins Foundation), Liz Lerman Dance Exchange, Gary Galbraith (former Martha Graham Principal Dancer), Ballet Hispanico, Hubbard Street Chicago, Jenny Hill Barlow, ClancyWorks Dance Company, Kathy Dunn Hamrick Dance Company, Jane Weiner (Hopestone Dance/Houston), Core Performance Dance Company, Millicent Johnnie, and Terry Duncan among others.