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 and choreograph, while integrating dance with a liberal arts education.
Study and Practice Dance
Students train in techniques devoted to ballet, contemporary and jazz. They study dance history, choreography, pedagogy, kinesiology and world cultures. Dance majors complete integrative capstones in dance and other areas, such as dance, art, media arts, chemistry, music, education and more.
— Chika Matsumoto '21
The department produces two main stage dance concerts a year, and students receive the opportunity to participate in our pre-professional university company, Pacific Dance Ensemble. 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.
Careers in Dance
Many Pacific dance students choose career paths in performance, choreography, education and physical therapy, and are prepared to enter into graduate dance programs.
The Autumn Choreographers Concert and Jazz Nite are approaching. Get your tickets now for in person and virtual performances!
One Woman, Too Much is an hour-long play about the juggling act of a single working mom. The play is written and produced by Ellen Margolis, the chair of the Pacific University Theatre & Dance Department.
Chika Matsumoto '21 received the 2021 Outstanding Contributions to Student Life Award from Pacific University.