Undergraduate Programs

The Department awards Bachelor of Arts degrees in Dance, offering three concentrations:  (1) Dance Performance, Choreography, and Theory; (2) Dance Education; and 3) Applied Dance, a dance degree track that may be attractive to double majors. Students who wish to extend dance study beyond the BA curriculum and propose their own projects do so through the Certificate for Advanced Dance Studies. In partnership with the professional dance company, Charlotte Ballet, the Department offers a Professional Training Certificate in Dance for advanced ballet training.  Students may also audition for the Musical Theatre Certificate, a collaboration among the Departments of Music, Theatre, and Dance.  A Minor in Dance is also available.

Admission and Progression Requirements and all Program Requirements can be found in the Undergraduate Catalog. Please see the information below.


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The Performance, Choreography, & Theory Concentration is a comprehensive program of classes in technique and performance, creative process, production, history, culture, and theory. Students also have opportunities to perform in two fully produced concerts a year choreographed by faculty and guest artists, as well as in a student-choreographed, department-produced concert, “Under Construction.”  

The Applied Dance Concentration fits students’ busy schedules and allows for careers that blend dance with other disciplines, like dance therapy (dance/ psychology) or arts marketing (dance/ marketing).

Questions? Contact advisor Hannah Harrell.


The BA in Dance with a Concentration in Dance Education nurtures future educators who teach, perform, and create dance. In addition to student teaching and other clinical experiences in public schools, students participate in site-specific dance-making, internships, and community engagement. The concentration follows the core curriculum of the BA in Dance with additional coursework in dance ed offered through the Department and the CATO College of Education. This program is designed for students who want to teach dance in public schools and earn their K-12 teacher licensure in NC, but also benefits dancers who want to teach in studios or community centers.

Questions? Contact Arts Ed Specialist Tesh Ramey.


The Certificate in Advanced Dance Studies allows students already enrolled in the BA in Dance degree an opportunity to deepen and focus their studies. Certificate courses help students develop an area of interest, prepare them to undertake individual final projects, performances, or internships, and provide them with skills needed to work in dance community settings. The Certificate allows the Department to serve community dance organizations (dance studios, YMCAs, Charlotte Ballet, and dance companies) while providing students with professional experiences.

Questions? Contact Arts Advisor Hannah Harrell.


The Professional Training Certificate in Dance, offered in conjunction with Charlotte Ballet, is a unique partnership that provides students with professional ballet training while earning a college degree. Open by audition, the two-year certificate provides classes with expert teachers at the Charlotte Ballet. Training in a professional dance environment puts students in contact with internationally acclaimed teachers such as Patricia McBride and gives an exclusive glimpse into the professional world of dance. Pre-college credit is also available to high school students through this program.

Questions? Contact Associate Professor Delia Neil.


Musical Theatre is an interdisciplinary program between the Departments of Dance, Music, and Theatre. The term “musical theatre” is defined in a way that embraces the richness and diversity of this challenging interdisciplinary art form, which includes musical comedy, musical play, new and alternative musical theatre, “Broadway opera,” and cabaret.

Students receive technique training in acting complemented by training in vocal technique, musicianship, dance, and the study of the repertoire of musical theatre in print and recordings, as well as in rehearsal and performance.

Questions? Contact musicaltheatre@charlotte.edu.

General inquiries may be directed to the Office of Admissions at (704)-687-5507 or admissions@charlotte.edu.