Bachelor's in Dance

General

Program Description

Our nationally-accredited dance program gives students the opportunity to study every major dance technique.

Whether you major or minor in dance, you’ll get intense instruction and training, regular participation in performances and endless opportunities to explore every aspect of life alongside a stellar dance program.

Our students develop artistically, intellectually, physically and spiritually. The Hope dance program stresses rigor and activity and thrives in the liberal arts environment. It is carefully balanced to provide a foundation in theoretical and technical dance studies, offering opportunities for the individual student to aspire, dream and accomplish.

Majors

  • Dance education K–12
  • Dance performance/choreography

Dual majors

  • Dance and a social science major
  • Dance and a natural science major
  • Dance and a humanities major
  • Dance and a language major

Minors

  • Dance
  • Dance elementary education
  • Dance secondary education

All of our students, whether dance majors or minors are welcomed into our degree programs. Students have the ability to immerse themselves in a dance degree while still fully engaging with the campus community.

Courses

Our students can take ballet, modern, jazz, tap, hip-hop and more. We cover dance history, composition, and production.

Not only is our dance department accredited through the National Association of Schools in Dance, it’s one of only a few institutions in the United States where students can study all five dance techniques.

When you’re scheduling courses, keep in mind that a rehearsal block of studio time is reserved for late afternoons from 3:30–6:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. H2 Dance Co., StrikeTime and the Spring Dance Concert (faculty choreographed) will rehearse during this time. Specific days of rehearsals will be determined by the choreographer in consultation with the dancers.

The intention of this schedule is to clear the evening hours for evening classes, student dance concert rehearsals, and other student obligations. During production/performance weeks students should plan to be in the theater during the evening hours.

After graduation

Our graduates attend graduate school and have successful careers as professional dance performers, choreographers, and directors, teachers, doctors, researchers, engineers and more.

Last updated March 2019

About the School

Hope College is a private, Christian liberal arts college in Holland, Michigan. It opened in 1851 as the Pioneer School by Dutch immigrants four years after the community was first settled.

Hope College is a private, Christian liberal arts college in Holland, Michigan. It opened in 1851 as the Pioneer School by Dutch immigrants four years after the community was first settled. Read less