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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. 


Female dancer jumping in air

The Pacific University Theatre and Dance Department presents the Autumn Choreographers Concert in an exclusive online event, streaming Nov. 12-14. 

Abigail Schmidt performs with the Pacific Dance Ensemble from a distance

While Pacific University students were scattered this spring by the spread of COVID-19, many campus events were canceled, including the popular spring concert by the Pacific Dance Ensemble. Yet the dancing went on. Pacific Director of Dance Jennifer Camp, switching to virtual instruction, asked dancers to make videos of themselves performing aspects of choreography they’d learned. 

Kaylee Kimura '20 dancing

Kaylee Kimura '20 has been a part of Pacific's pre-professional dance company for four years. During this time, she has been selected by guest artists and faculty as a featured dancer and soloist in their works. She has proved herself to be a dedicated, driven, and hardworking student who has grown to be an accomplished dancer who moves with athleticism and grace.