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Dance Program

College of DuPage's Dance program encompasses a curriculum that stresses discipline, endurance and awareness of body mechanics creating a versatile, multi-faceted dancer. The program collaborates closely with the College of DuPage Theater and Music programs providing a wide range of skills that can broaden potential career paths.

Every semester students gain performance experience as a dance company and practicum experience in the production areas of theater, dance, design and theater management. Students audition, rehearse and perform in a college dance production on the Belushi Performance Hall stage in the College of DuPage McAninch Arts Center. All areas of dance are reflected in the production. 

The Dance program offers introductory and advanced classes including ballet, jazz, modern and tap. Students can take courses in dance appreciation, production and performance and choreography.

Determine Your Path

Many students that graduate with a dance degree find themselves as actors, music and art directors, composers, musicians and singers, choreographers, producers and directors or teachers.

Whether you are preparing for a career in dance or taking dance courses, College of DuPage has the right program for you. COD offers:

  • Dedicated instructors with years of practical and teaching experience.
  • State-of-the-art facilities.
  • Affordable programs without breaking the bank.
  • Articulated transfer programs with several prestigious institutions.
  • Partnerships with the renowned McAninch Art Center (MAC), the College’s performing arts venue.

Associate in Arts

Students interested in continuing their education in dance can earn a general Associate in Arts degree.

Get Started Today

The first step to getting started in dance is to apply for admission.

Academic and Career Pathways give you a roadmap to achieving your career goals. Follow a pathway based on your degree that outlines which classes you need to take and when so you graduate on time or move on to the next phase in your career.

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