Major, Minor

Rehearse for your future through an exploration of movement and expression.

The dance program at Pacific University combines practical experience with rigorous academics while facilitating a holistic learning environment. The program provides opportunities to perform, choreograph and while integrating dance with a liberal arts education. The department produces two main stage dance concerts a year and students receive the opportunity to participate in our preprofessional university company, Pacific Dance Ensemble. Students learns the skills to prepare them for a professional career in dance and beyond. Students train in techniques devoted to ballet, contemporary, and jazz, study dance history, choreography, pedagogy, kinesiology, and world cultures. Dance majors complete integrative capstones in dance and others areas such as dance, art,  media arts, chemistry, music, education, and more.

Students who have a strong interest in choreography can audition original dance works into the fall concert and gain the skills that will prepare them to present in professional dance festivals upon graduation.

Many of our students choose careers paths in performance, choreography, education, and physical therapy and are prepared to enter into graduate dance programs. 


Dance and symphony members

A play about gender shifting spanning centuries, fluid movement from choreographers, and the sounds of jazz, a choir, and “Amazing Grace.” These are just some of the highlights of Pacific University’s 2019 Fall Theatre, Dance and Concert Season.

Shaun Keylock

Shaun Keylock '15 was commissioned to create a world premiere dance performance by White Bird, the Portland-based performance advocacy organization. Keylock graduated from Pacific University in 2015 with majors in dance and art history.

An eclectic evening of dance featuring Pacific University students, faculty and guest artists under the direction of Portland-based choreographer Trevor Wilde.