Central Michigan University's Department of Communication and Dramatic Arts offers the dance minor. As you explore career opportunities that include dance, consider these key features that distinguish CMU's program:

  • One of the most comprehensive dance minors offered at a
    Michigan university.
  • Instruction by faculty with years of professional performance experience.
  • Outstanding studio and production facilities.
  • Performance opportunities with University Theatre Dance Company and other groups.

The dance minor is one of several coordinated programs in the performing arts disciplines. The university also offers majors in theatre and interpretation and in music theatre - an interdisciplinary pre-professional program combining course work in music, theatre and dance.

Dance faculty members and guest artists instruct students in a variety of dance styles. Your dance curriculum may include courses in modern, tap, jazz and ballet dance techniques, choreography, dance history, folk and square dance, social dance, and concert production. You will focus on the technical and performance aspects of dance.


Dance Minor, B.A.; B.S.

Admission Requirements, Retention & Termination Standards

Students electing a dance minor must consult an advisor prior to beginning their program.

Program Requirements

Core Courses I (12 hours)

DAN 175Dance Appreciation

3(3-0)

DAN 232Dance Composition I

2(2-0)

DAN 305Studio: Dance Performance

1-4(Spec)

DAN 430Dance Production

3(3-0)

DAN 530History of Dance

3(3-0)

Core Courses II (1 hour)

Select one TAI studio course in one of the following areas of technical theatre for a faculty-supervised theatre production or for a faculty-supervised dance concert.

TAI 309Studio: Stage Management

1-4(Spec)

TAI 310Studio: Sound

1-4(Spec)

TAI 311Studio: Properties

1-4(Spec)

TAI 312Studio: Scenery Construction and Rigging

1-4(Spec)

TAI 313Studio: Scenery Design

1-4(Spec)

TAI 314Studio: Lighting

1-4(Spec)

TAI 315Studio: Lighting Design

1-4(Spec)

TAI 316Studio: Technical Direction

1-4(Spec)

TAI 317Studio: Costuming

1-4(Spec)

TAI 318Studio: Wardrobe Management

1-4(Spec)

TAI 319Studio: Makeup

1-4(Spec)

Electives I (8 hours)

Choose any 8 hours in the following technique classes:

DAN 133Modern I

2(1-2)

DAN 136Ballet I

2(1-2)

DAN 233Modern II

2-6(Spec)

DAN 236Ballet II

2-6(Spec)

DAN 333Modern III

2-6(Spec)

Electives II (4 hours)

Choose 4 hours from the following:

DAN 137Tap I

2(1-2)

DAN 138Jazz I

2(1-2)

DAN 578Special Topics in Dance

1-9(Spec)

Total: 25 semester hours


Additional Resources

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For additional information

Please visit our department office at Moore 333 or call 989-774-3177. Students ​who are new to CMU may also wish to communicate with the Undergraduate Admissions Office at (989) 774-3076, or by e-mail at cmuadmit@cmich.edu, for general questions, visit arrangements and enrollment information. 

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