The dance program at Pacific University combine practical experience with rigorous academics. The program provides opportunities to perform, choreograph and study dance’s history and a cross-cultural perspective, all of which integrate theory and practice. Students graduating with dance training go on to work in a variety of fields.


  • Practice technique in courses devoted to ballet, contemporary and jazz
  • Study dance history, choreography, pedagogy, kinesiology and world cultures
  • Take advantage of the opportunity to double major
  • Work with prestigious regional guest artists and choreographers, as well as other faculty and students, for two major dance concerts each year
  • Choreograph and dance in campus concerts
  • Participate in the Pacific Dance Ensemble, which performs in professional concerts around the community
  • Perform diverse choreography including classical ballet, musical theatre, African, hip-hop and contemporary
  • Successfully pair a dance minor with majors in exercise science, music, business or education, among others
  • Potentially earn talent scholarships for prospective students in dance


Dance majors spend a lot of time in the studio, taking courses such as Contemporary Dance, Jazz Dance and Dance Improvisation, which is the exploration of movement. The improvisation course focuses on a guided series of exploration exercises that generate spontaneous and free form movement. Additionally, this course concentrates on freeing the body of trained movement habits in order to uncover an original movement vocabulary.


Pacific University dance students go on to work in a variety of fields, including performance and production, teaching, arts management, law, and other fields that value communication, collaboration, critical thinking, and creativity. The dance program provides students with a well-rounded liberal arts education that can lead to highly collaborative, creative careers. Our graduates are professional dancers, dance teachers, researchers and graduate students.

Theatre & Dance Department

The dance program is offered by the Theatre & Dance Department, which also offers programs in applied theatre and theatre.