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College of Performing Arts

B.A. in Dance

» Bachelor of Arts in Dance

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 B.A. program.
  • In your sophomore year you can choose to apply to the BFA program or continue in the B.A. program.

In the B.A. 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.

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.

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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 Fall 2022: A New Home for Dance

Our new state-of-the-art Sandi Simon Center for Dance 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 >>

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.

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Many of our dance students double-major in dance and another discipline. You can explore all of Chapman’s undergraduate majors and minors with our program finder.

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