Grow as an artist in a rigorous dance classroom and studio environment while earning a broad undergraduate liberal arts education. Create and stage fully produced works under faculty guidance.
An emphasis in performance and choreography offers a diverse repertory for a sound foundation in ballet and contemporary dance. Our program nurtures dance students as athlete artists through a commitment to mental and physical health and well-being, and classes that challenge dancers to become stronger more diverse dancers and artists.
The USC Dance Program is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Dance.
Five productions a year feature a wide-ranging repertory of works by world-renowned choreographers, faculty and students.
Receive real-world information about careers in dance from visiting professional choreographers and dancers.
Pursue a minor, cognate or additional major in another discipline outside of dance with our flexible curriculum.
What You’ll Study
Courses include ballet and contemporary technique, dance history, dance anatomy and kinesiology, performance, choreography, improvisation and a senior capstone project. Interact with guest artists who are professionals in the world of dance. Practice in three state-of-the-art studios with sprung floors, floor-to-ceiling mirrors and natural light.
Gain the professional and personal intelligence it takes to have a successful career.
Presenting oneself creatively through a specific medium to an audience
Working with others to achieve a common goal or objective
Promoting or defending a cause or issue often using awareness, education and policy change
Attention to Detail
Being meticulous and thorough in all aspects of a task or project
Introducing new ideas, methods or products to improve performance or achieve a specific goal
Learning about and respecting diverse cultures and beliefs
Using your degree
Make your college experience the foundation for a successful future.
Learn how alumni use degrees with outcome data from Gamecock GradStats, a service of the University of South Carolina Career Center.
- Professional Dancer
- Physical Therapist
- Communications Professional
Job Titles of Alumni
- Dance Instructor
- Teaching Artist
- Ballet Instructor
- Character Performer
Average Alumni Salary
Five to 10 years after graduation without additional education $74,978
- Public Relations
Employers of Alumni
- The Walt Disney Company
- Koger Center For The Arts
- Carolina Dance Collaborative
- Charlotte Ballet
- Indianapolis Ballet, Inc.
- Spoleto Festival USA