Majors & Programs


Dance Minors

The Major in Dance 

See Performing Arts - Drama & Dance for information about the major in dance.

A Minor in Dance

The dance program emphasizes the study of dance as an independent and collaborative art and as a global phenomenon expressed in a wide variety of contemporary and traditional forms. You may minor in modern dance, ballet, or world music, dance, and theater. Course topics include dance history and ethnology, theory and techniques of modern dance and ballet, composition, improvisation, applied anatomy, music resources, somatic practices, jazz, musical theatre, and world dance forms such as West African and bharata.

Dance classes and performing opportunities are inclusive and open to all Washington University students. Dance students are typically also majors and minors in a wide variety of other disciplines. Many students find our schedule accommodating, allowing them to make dance a second major/minor.

Ballet Minor

The Ballet minor requires 15-18 units of dance coursework. Required courses include a composition and technique class, as well as either From Romantic to Post Modern Dance or Ballet as Ethnic Dance and Classical Art.

Minors must choose six units from classical and high intermediate ballet courses, as well as at least two elective units. Electives include courses such as Accompaniment Techniques for Dance, Pointe Technique, and Anatomy for the Performing Artist.

Modern Dance Minor

A minor in Modern Dance requires 16-17 credit units. Required courses include a ballet class at your appropriate level, plus:

  • Theory and Technique of Modern Dance III
  • Theory and Technique of Modern Dance IV
  • Composition II


  • MADE in France 11: Choreography and Construction Collaborations
  • From Romantic to Post-Modern Dance

Minors also choose 2-3 units from a variety of elective courses, including Modern Dance and the African American Legacy, Dance Spectrum, Dance/Movement Therapy, and Curriculum and Instruction in Dance.

World Music, Dance, and Theater Minor

This is an interdisciplinary minor, drawing on the distinctive methodologies and training inherent in several disciplines. The minor encourages the student already interested in the performing arts to explore those outside Euro-American traditions. However, students majoring in fields such as anthropology, political science, psychology, education, comparative literature, history, and foreign languages may find this minor a useful complement to their primary discipline.

The minor requires 17-19 units, including Musics of the World, Dance Spectrum, and one or two of the following courses:

  • The Chinese Theater
  • The Japanese Theater
  • History of African-American Theater
  • West African Music and Dance in Context

Elective courses make up the remaining eight units, and students may choose from courses such as Black Theater Workshop III, Native American Musical Traditions, Ballet as Ethnic Dance and Classical Art, Dance Doorway to India, and Dance of West Africa.

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