Top Dance Colleges

As a dance major, you’ll learn how to use your body to express ideas, emotions, and stories through a variety of mediums such as ballet, jazz, tap, hip-hop, or African dance. In addition to a host of physically-demanding performance-based courses, you’ll also exhaustively explore dance theory, history, culture, and technique in the classroom.

Dance majors typically aspire to careers in ballet, musicals, or in music videos or other media productions. However, since only a small percentage of dancers will consistently win auditions and find steady work, it is also essential for dance majors to consider other related careers such as: Yoga/Pilates instructor, fitness instructor, personal trainer, dance instructor, choreographer, or lighting/stage/costume design.

What do you need to make it in a Dance program?

Unlike just about any other college major, those concentrating in dance need to be in peak physical condition to excel. In addition to being studious in the classroom, diet, exercise, and training are essential to success in a dance program. Those who are routine-oriented, disciplined, determined, and responsive to criticism/feedback are at an advantage.

Your Dance College Checklist:

  • Are there opportunities available to performance each semester?
  • Does your prospective college offer a concentration in your type of dance?
  • What is the school’s audition policy?
  • Is the school located in a geographically advantageous area (i.e. near New York or Los Angeles)?
  • How many students are in each class?
  • What is the professional dance experience of the faculty?
  • How many dance studios are there on campus? What are the facilities like?

The Top Dance Colleges & Universities

Dance is a highly competitive profession, and finding the right college and program to prepare you for cutthroat auditions is important. Schools that are held in particularly high regard by professionals, employers and students include: NYU Tisch School for the Arts, Juilliard, the Boston Conservatory. For a complete list of College Transitions Top Dance Colleges and Universities, click here.

*College lists are compiled on the basis of counselor interviews, guide books, exhaustive internet searches (of college and departmental websites), and data provided by The College Board and the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS).


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