As a Coker dance major, you can expect to explore and grow as an artist.
You’ll learn technique, choreography, theory, and performance—all while receiving practical guidance to help you achieve your career goals in the field of dance. You’ll become a part of Coker’s close-knit, supportive performing arts community. That means access to a variety of cultural events, performances, workshops, and world-class guest artists.
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.
Summer Dance Intensive
Apply for an in-depth dance experience on the Coker campus this summer!
Key Classes for Your Success
To start your career in dance, you’ll need hands-on production experience. This course provides you with an opportunity to either perform or choreograph a dance production, or work as backstage crew. Begin building your resume while you’re still in school, so you’ll be ready to take on the dance world after graduation day!
As a dancer, your body is your most important piece of equipment. This course will teach you how it works, focusing specifically on how your muscles and anatomy affect movement in dance.
Coker Repertory Dance Company
At Coker, students may audition for the opportunity to join a pre-professional dance company as early as their first year. Members of the repertory dance company learn choreography from both faculty and guest artists, and perform at venues on- and off-campus.
- Annual Faculty & Guest Artist Dance Concert
- Student Choreography Showcase
- Informal Dance Concert (each semester)
- Coker Repertory Dance Company
- Senior Thesis Concert
- Musical Theatre Performances
Our Program Provides…
- Student:Faculty Ratio of 8:1
- Professional Training
- Scholarship Awards, Paid Work & Study Abroad Opportunities
- Conference Attendance/Performances (American College Dance Association (ACDA), South Carolina Dance Association (SCDA), South Carolina Alliance of Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance (SCAHPERD), Delta Eta Pi National Dance Honor Society)
- Mainstage Theater
- Black Box Theater
- Two dance studios
- Pilates Reformer Equipment
WHAT’S YOUR FOCUS?
Bachelor of Arts Degrees
Grounded in engaged teaching, the bachelor of arts in dance creates an environment that encourages students to cultivate their technical, artistic, creative, and scholarly abilities. This is an excellent option for students wishing to double-major in dance and another program of their choice.
B.A., Dance Education (Audition Required)
This degree is for students wishing to teach dance in the K-12 public or private school setting. 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, World Dance Forms and other courses through the Wiggins School of Education. Students will have meaningful experiences observing and assisting certified dance educators in the public schools, culminating in a student teaching experience in their final semester. Graduates with this degree will be certified by the South Carolina Department of Education to teach in the K-12 school system.
Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree
B.F.A., Performance & Choreography (Audition Required)
The BFA degree in Performance and Choreography offers intensive professional training that prepares students for careers as performers and choreographers by offering classes and experiences to work directly with nationally recognized guest artists, faculty and in the Coker Repertory Dance Company, as well as ample opportunities for students to show their own creative work. Students will take at least 75 semester hours of courses with a specific focus on courses in dance technique, performance and composition. The expectation is to develop skills and competencies at a higher level in preparation for careers as performing and creative artists. This enables the student to not only dance skillfully and artistically, but also to discuss and analyze dance in a scholarly manner, ensuring that graduates in dance are prepared both for performance-related work and for additional study at the graduate level.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.
Other Options for Studying Dance
Dance & Interdisciplinary Studies
Students interested in dance can also explore a variety of opportunities through Coker’s Office of Interdisciplinary Studies. Whether you’re interested in supplementing your love of dance with business classes, developing a personalized major concentrating in dance/movement therapies, or learning how to integrate dance with other art forms, an interdisciplinary approach can help you to combine multiple areas of interest into your ideal bachelor’s degree.
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.
Get the Money You Need for Your Degree
Just because your education is an invaluable investment doesn’t mean some degrees aren’t a better value than others! Affordability is one of the ways Coker University clearly stands out from other schools. We work very hard to keep tuition low and to find scholarship money to help you pay for your degree.
Average amount of scholarship aid* awarded to Coker students last year$17,459!*Does not include federal, state, or need-based aid
95%of Coker undergrads receive some form of financial aid.
Coker grants over$10,000,000in student scholarships each year.
Dance MajorSCHOLARSHIPSAudition & Application Required
Graduates of Coker University have danced professionally with companies in New York, Los Angeles, and other major cities.
Alumni have also performed in cruise ship productions, theme parks, regional musical theatre productions, and various regional dance concerts. Other graduates have gone on to teach in higher education, the K-12 school systems and in private studios. Many have pursued advanced degrees in areas such as dance performance & choreography, dance education, dance therapy, arts administration, and nutrition at various graduate schools.
One Degree That Opens All These Doors
Meet Your Mentors
Angela M. Gallo
Professor of Dance; Chair of the Department of Dance, Music and Theatre; Coordinator of the Dance Program
“I came to Coker University after dancing professionally in NYC for a few years. I was excited about the opportunity to work with the same students for an…
Assistant Professor of Dance; Coordinator of the Dance Education Program
“I am at Coker University because I get to spend every day collaborating and creating with my colleagues and students. I have the opportunity to teach…
Young Alumni and Social Media Coordinator, Associate Lecturer of Dance
I came to Coker originally as a student looking for a dance program where I wasn’t just a face in the crowd. Coker gave me numerous opportunities to dance…
Executive Assistant to the President
“After graduating from Coker University, I began a career for which I was completely prepared, I earned an M.F.A. from a prestigious graduate program, and…
Areas of Expertise: Contemporary Dance Practices: My classes are an integration of my studies of Alexander, Trisha Brown, Bebe Miller, Eddie Taketa (Doug Varone),…
Jennifer Erin Bailey
I am a South Carolina native and have a deep appreciation and love for the arts in our state. I came to Coker for a new adventure and I stay here at Coker…
Rhythm L. McCarthy
Adjunct Dance Instructor
I recently moved to South Carolina and have known Prof. Angela Gallo for many years through our work on the National Board of Directors of the American College…