UA Theatre & Dance offers a BA in dance. The dance program offers coursework in ballet, modern, jazz, dance performance and choreography.
Admission to the dance program is by audition only. Once admitted, students will take a variety of dance performance courses along with dance history, choreography, and light and sound for dance. For a complete list of courses, see the UA Course Catalog.
Students also have three chances to perform on stage each semester in UA Theatre & Dance produced productions. Concerts include Alabama Repertory Dance Theatre (ARDT), Dance Alabama! and Dance Collection. ARDT is a concert of faculty and guest artist-choreographed pieces while Dance Alabama! is a concert of student-choreographed pieces. Dance Collection is combination of student and faculty-choreographed pieces, and this concert gives underclassmen another opportunity to perform onstage.
UA Theatre & Dance also hosts one of the American Ballet Theatre’s Summer Intensive workshops. ABT selected The University of Alabama to host the first Summer Ballet Intensive outside of New York City in 1997. In that first year, 189 of America’s most talented dancers who represented 30 states, Bermuda and Puerto Rico attended. Visit the ABT page for more information about the ABT Summer Intensive.
Dance alumni work in professional companies such as the Radio City Rockettes, Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Company, Dayton Contemporary, Philidanco, Gus Giordano, Alabama Ballet, Complexions, Atlanta Ballet, STREB Dance Company, Jeanne Ruddy Dance, Disney Productions, national Broadway tours and cruise lines. They also attend top graduate schools and manage their own private studios. Recently, the dance program was ranked 15th in the nation among private and public universities.
Admission to the dance program is by audition only. An auditionee must achieve and maintain a 3.0 GPA and show proficiency in movement techniques. Students must demonstrate technical ability at the intermediate or advanced level of technique in ballet, modern or jazz (includes tap) to be considered. For more information on the audition process, visit the auditions tab. If you are interested in a facilities tour with a current dance student, please fill out the form below.