Last week I highlighted college and university conservatory-style programs for aspiring professional dancers. This week my list comprises programs that attract serious dancers who may have other career goals in mind. Those are dance majors for students who may want to pursue education, writing, arts law, journalism, sports medicine, dance therapy, or other careers that combine well with the study and discipline of dance. A Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science degree in Dance require fewer units of dance classes, freeing up students to double-major and still graduate within four years. The following are five schools that meet national standards as established by the National Association of Schools of Dance, and also encourage dance students to combine dance with another discipline. There are eighty accredited programs in the United States; though accreditation is voluntary and there are many more dance programs within colleges and universities than are listed on the NASD website. Columbia College, Columbia, SC
·The Dance Department offers eight tracks of study: performance, dance education, choreography, dance history and criticism, dance therapy, dance administration, dance science, and dance and theater.
·Goucher’s Early Arrival Dance Program allows any registered Goucher student the chance to arrive on campus in August to study with guest artists and faculty before classes start. Prior dance experience and an audition are required.
·By the numbers: 72% overall acceptance rate; Goucher College is test-optional, students may submit a video application. Reported Mid-range SAT scores: CR 510-660, M 500-620; Mid range ACT 23-28.
·The Dance Department at Hope College offers concentrations in Dance Performance, Choreography, Dance Education for Elementary and Dance Education for Secondary School, Dance/Psychology, Dance/Chemistry or Biology, Dance/English, and Dance/French. Double majors are possible and encouraged.
·Hope offers off-campus dance study in New York City, Philadelphia, Chicago, Paris, and Mexico.
·By the numbers: 70% overall acceptance rate; SAT Mid-range scores: CR 520-660, M 530-670; ACT Mid-range 24-29.
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