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BA in Dance

» BA in Dance

Virtually Tour the Department of Dance

Register for a virtual tour of the Department of Dance. The 45-minute tour includes a look at our facilities, including dance studios, classrooms and performance spaces.

There are two dance degree programs at Chapman: the Bachelor of Arts in Dance and the Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance Performance. All dance majors begin in the BA program. In your sophomore year you can choose to apply to the BFA program or continue in the BA program.

In this program, you’ll receive rigorous dance training in modern, jazz and ballet techniques. You’ll also build a strong liberal-arts foundation to become a well-rounded, thinking dancer with a firm grasp of both performance and theory.

You’ll be able to hone your dance skills, perform in your first year, take electives, and even double major in an additional academic subject if you want to.

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Where This Degree Will Take You

With a dance degree, you’ll have the skills and knowledge you need to:

  • Start your career as a dancer
  • Continuously improve your craft
  • Choreograph for yourself and others
  • Articulate your knowledge of dance
  • Teach the science and techniques of dance

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Ben Bigler '16
Dance alumnus
Ben Bigler used his experience in the Chapman Dance program to launch his career as a backup dancer for Cher — and now he has even bigger plans.

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Coming May 2022: A New Home for Dance

Our new state-of-the-art dance facility will include:

  • Five dance studios, including a performance studio
  • A dedicated health clinic
  • Student lounge
  • Classrooms, rehearsal studios and all the other facilities a top dance program needs and deserves.

Learn more about our new Dance Center >>

Program Faculty and Guest Artists

You’ll develop your skills alongside experienced professors and guest artists from around the world.

Chapman students have worked with guest artists like Ido Tadmor and performers from:

  • Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater
  • Batsheva Dance Company
  • Complexions Contemporary Ballet Company
  • Cirque du Soleil®
  • Hubbard Street Dance Chicago
  • Pilobolus
  • The cast of La La Land

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Ido Tadmor
Presidential Fellow
World-renowned dancer Ido Tadmor doesn't just teach classes at Chapman. He also accompanied Dance students on a 10-day summer travel course to his native Israel.

Professional Opportunities

You’ll have plenty of opportunities to connect with dance professionals, perform with renowned companies and start your career as a dancer. You’ll also have the chance to meet talent agents and be signed with them or earn your pilates pre-certification and become a pilates teacher.

Student Clubs and Organizations

Joining a student club is a great way to expand your interests and community. You can join any of Chapman’s roughly 190 clubs and student organizations, but here are the ones Dance students enjoy most:

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Admission & Tours

All applicants are required to submit the Common Application, a Creative Supplement and an audition video. You may also be asked to perform a live audition by invitation.

You can learn more about applying here.

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