• Dance at Coker College
  • Dance at Coker College
  • Dance at Coker College
  • Dance at Coker College
  • Dance at Coker College
  • Dance at Coker College
  • Dance at Coker College

As a Coker dance major, expect to explore and grow as an artist while gaining practical guidance toward achieving your career goals.

Coker’s discussion-based, round table learning environment encourages interactive coursework that pushes you to develop your perspective as a dancer and effectively communicate your ideas to an audience. Personalized courses are integrated with performances and learning opportunities outside of the classroom—including international performances, conferences and visits from renowned guest artists. Whether you dream of becoming a professional performer, dance educator or dance therapist, Coker’s program will prepare you to succeed.

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BFA & Scholarship Audition Dates 2015-16

  • November 21, 2015 - Coker College Performing and Visual Arts Day (PVAD)
  • February 13, 2016
  • April 15, 2016

To register for an audition, please contact Wes Atkinson in Admissions at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Schedule of Events 2015-16

  • November 19-21, 2015 | 7:30pm | Watson Theatre - Student Choreography Showcase
  • November 21, 2015 - Performing and Visual Arts Day; Scholarship and BFA Auditions
  • December 3, 2015 | 7:30pm | Watson Theatre - Dance Informal Concert
  • February 13, 2016 - Scholarship and BFA Auditions
  • February 11-13, 2016 | 7:30pm | Watson Theatre - Faculty and Guest Dance Concert
  • April 13-15, 2016 | 7:30pm | Black Box Theatre - Dance Senior Thesis Concert
  • April 15, 2016 - Scholarship and BFA Auditions
  • April 15-20, 2016 - Dance/HCCA Guest Artist Residency — Contra Tiempo (Master Classes April 15-18, Performance April 19, 7:30pm, Watson Theatre)
  • May 4, 2016 | 7:30pm | Watson Theatre - Dance Informal Concert
  • July 18-22, 2016 - Dance Summer Intensive


    In keeping with the mission of Coker College and the Dance, Music and Theater Department, the Dance Program is committed to providing a well-rounded, student centered learning experience rich in dance technique, choreography, theory, and performance. Grounded in engaged teaching, our faculty create an environment that encourages students to cultivate their technical, artistic, creative, and scholarly abilities. Study in dance as an academic discipline integrates inquiry and theory to develop skills in observation, critical thinking, problem solving, and evaluation. We believe each student has the potential to reach their goals as a performer, choreographer, dance educator, movement therapist/analyst, or dance advocate. We strive to develop thoughtful and active artists in the classroom, studio, and world.

    Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance (audition only)

    Are you serious about a future in dance? The BFA offers intensive professional training, with at least 75 semester hours of courses including modern and ballet techniques, composition, history of dance, improvisation, dance science, rhythmic analysis and more. With a choice of three degree tracks, you can focus on your personal goals—and graduate ready to turn your passion into a career.


    In addition to the core major courses, students pursuing the Performance/Choreography track will take additional courses in dance technique, performance and composition to further develop skills as a performing and creative artist.

    Dance/Movement Therapies

    In addition to the core major courses, students pursuing the Dance/Movement Therapies track will take additional courses in movement therapy and dance science to explore methods and techniques for using dance as a form of therapy.

    Bachelors of Arts in Dance Education with K-12 Teaching Certification (audition only)

    In addition to the core major courses, students pursuing the Dance Education track will take at least 75 semester hours of courses including Dance Teaching Methods, Creative Dance for Children, World Dance Forms and other courses through the School of Education. Students will also student-teach in public schools during their final semester.

    Bachelor of Arts in Dance

    The BA degree includes 39 semester hours of core major courses, with nine additional semester hours of instruction in dance studio and theory courses in modern and ballet techniques, composition and other supporting courses.

    Dance Minor

    A minor in dance includes 19 semester hours of dance courses, including dance history, ballet technique, modern dance technique, dance conditioning, dance composition and dance improvisation.

    Download the Academic Catalog

    For a more detailed explanation of requirements, including course descriptions, download the Academic Catalog .

  • Dance majors learn much more than how to dance. In addition to strong technical and artistic training, dance majors learn discipline, independent thinking, teamwork and creative problem solving—skills that apply to a wide range of career paths.

    Graduates of Coker College have danced professionally with companies in New York, Los Angeles, and other major cities as well as performed in cruise ship productions, theme parks, regional musical theatre productions, and various regional dance concerts. Graduates have also gone on to teach in higher education, the K-12 school systems and in private studios.

    After graduating from Coker College, students have gone on to study for advanced degrees in Dance Performance and Choreography, Dance Education, Dance Therapy, Arts Administration, and Nutrition at various higher education institutions.

    For more information on potential career paths, click here.

    Examples of alternate career paths you can follow with your dance degree:
    • Dancer
    • Choreographer
    • Dance Company Manager
    • Dance Teacher
    • Dance Studio Owner
    • Dance Writer
    • Production Manager
    • Tour Manager
    • Dance Therapist
    • Dance Critic
    • Artistic Director
    • Stage Manager
    • Lighting Designer
    • Talent Agent
    • Costume Designer
    • Editor
    • Lobbyist
    • Promoter
    • Public Relations Specialist
    • Publicist
    • Advertising Specialist
    • Director of Arts Advocacy Agency
    • Sales/Marketing Representative
    • Community Relations Director
    • Director of Arts Council
    • Special Events Coordinator
    Graduates of Coker College have gone on to pursue a graduate degree at a number of institutions, including but not limited to:
    • Florida State University
    • University of South Carolina
    • Winthrop University
    • Sarah Lawrence College
    • Antioch College
    • Annual Faculty & Guest Artist Concert
    • Student Choreography Concert
    • Informal Dance Concert (each semester)
    • Coker Repertory Dance Company
    • Senior Thesis Concert
    • Musical Theater Performances
    • Student:Faulty ratio 10:1
    • Professional Training
    • Scholarship Awards
    • Paid Work Opportunities
    • Studies Abroad
    • Conference Attendance/Performances
    • Nu Delta Alpha National Dance Honor Society
    • Mainstage Theater
    • Black Box Theater
    • Two dance studios
    • Pilates Reformer Equipment
    • Urban Bush Women
    • Doug Varone
    • David Dorfman
    • International Choreographers
  • At Coker, students benefit from classes taught by accomplished professors who are invested in each student’s success. From day one, you’ll find personalized support and guidance from dedicated faculty members. In class, dance majors receive one-on-one attention and artistic feedback. Outside of the classroom, professors help place students in internships, locate auditions and prepare for graduate school.

    Coker’s dance professors want their students to be successful and work diligently to help them achieve their goals in dance. Professors will ask you to push yourself outside of your comfort zone—but you’ll end up a stronger dancer and better artist because of it.

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