• A dancer finishes a pose on the stage floor
  • Dance students take a running leap across the stage
  • A dance student performs a unique contemporary routine
  • Dance students leap in the air
  • Dance students perform in a ballet performance
  • Dance students perform a romantic duet
Department of Dance
Training Artists, Transforming Lives

Department of Dance

The nationally accredited Department of Dance provides students with the tools to become well-rounded, versatile independent artists who excel in careers of teaching, choreography, and dance performance. While earning their degree in dance, students perform and choreograph in numerous on-campus productions as well as outside venues, such as Palm Desert’s Dance Under the Stars Choreography Festival.

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»Welcome to the Department of Dance

As dance majors at Chapman, students participate in a strong professional training program with high quality productions while still enjoying the benefits of a small university.  Students may choose from a pre-professional Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Dance Performance or from the more broad based Bachelor of Arts degree in Dance. Both degrees provide excellent preparation for those who plan to attend graduate school.

The curriculum for dance majors includes course work in choreography, dance history, dance production, dance performance, acting, music for dancers, kinesiology for dancers, dance teaching methods, ballroom, hip-hop, tap, and beginning through advanced levels of modern, jazz and ballet technique.

The Department of Dance is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Dance.