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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. 


Pacific Dance program celebrated the start of the holiday season with an end of fall informal on December 4, 2018. The informal showcased the students in the dance program by presenting student choreographed works from all genres.

Healey is taking part in an Skinner/Kirk Dance Ensemble that will perform March 23 - April 1 at BodyVox Dance Center in Northwest Portland.

Pacific University celebrates its 14th season with the opening of the Autumn Choreographers Concert (ACC), Nov. 17-19. Featured in the program are Pacific senior capstone choreographers Taylor Baker and Robert Shoemaker. Tickets are $8 general admission and $5 for students, seniors and alumni.