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The College of DuPage 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 departments providing a wide range of skills that can broaden potential career paths.

Each semester students and faculty participate in a dance performance exposing dancers to the experience of working within a dance company as well as practicum experience in the production areas of theater, dance, stage-design technology and theater management.  


An Associate in Arts degree is recommended for students who wish to transfer to a four-year institution, often leading to a Bachelor of Arts degree. Course selections should be made using the Associate in Arts Student Planning Worksheet.

Why Choose COD

Whether you are preparing for a career in dance, planning to transfer to a four-year baccalaureate-granting institution or refreshing your skills, College of DuPage has the right program for you. Our Dance program offers: 

  • Dedicated instructors with years of practical and teaching experience
  • State-of-the-art facilities
  • Partnerships with the renowned McAninch Art Center (MAC), the College's performing arts venue
  • Affordable classes
  • Articulated transfer programs with several prestigious institutions
  • Programs designed to prepare students with the skills that are in demand by today's employers

Course Offerings

The Dance department offers introductory and advanced classes including ballet, jazz, modern and tap. Students can take courses in dance appreciation and production, modern dance, choreography and more. View a list of current Dance courses.


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.

For more information on future dance performances please visit

COD Stories

Hal Baas

"You’ll meet amazing people and supportive staff who will push you to be your best every day.” - Hal Baas

Hal's COD Story

COD Stories

Mary Read

"The fine arts program provides classes in a nurturing environment and has multiple showcases for students to perform in or choreograph – or possibly both." - Mary Read

Mary's COD Story

Contact Information

Arts, Communication, and Hospitality Division Office
McAninch Arts Center (MAC), Room 219
(630) 942-2048