• Performing in a crosswalk near campus, Chapman dancers use everyday places as performance spaces.
College of Performing Arts

» 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 enter the professional dance world and/or attend graduate school.

The curriculum for dance majors includes course work in choreography, dance history, dance production, dance performance, acting, music for dancers, dance science, dance teaching methods, ballroom, somatics, hip-hop, tap, and comprehensive pre-professional training in modern, jazz and ballet technique.

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


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Musco Center for the Arts

Musco Center for the Arts Opened in Spring 2016, Musco Center for the Arts covers 88,000 square feet, providing students with a state-of-the-art venue to help foster their learning in the arts. Designed by acclaimed architects Pfeiffer Partners, with acoustics by world-renowned Yasuhisa Toyota of Nagata Acoustics, Musco Center boasts an intimate seating chamber with 1,044 seats on three levels.

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