Minor in Dance

Learn to express yourself with a fulfilling career in dance!

Studying Dance at Frostburg State University can give you a competitive edge in this challenging and exciting profession, preparing you for a career in dance or supplementing your studies in Theatre, Kinesiology or Athletics with a highly desirable skill. FSU’s program fosters an understanding of dance on a broad scale, giving you specific knowledge across multiple dance types to improve your odds at employment and potentially discover an interest or two in areas that may surprise you. We encourage students to become active performers as soon in their scholastic career as possible and offer numerous opportunities every year to take part in productions on-campus and gain experience doing what they love. Dancers have been expressing the great stories and ideas of humanity for thousands of years. Discover what part you will play in carrying this ancient tradition into the future!

  • Join a performing arts department that boasts Tony award-winning, screenwriting, Broadway-producing alumni.
  • Focus a theater or other degree with your studies in dance, or delve more intensively into the art of movement with extra dance electives, including two repeatable FSU Dance Company classes.

Minor in Dance Highlights:

  • Take advantage of numerous opportunities every semester to participate in dance performances and theatre productions, including the FSU Dance Company’s concert. The FSU Department of Theatre & Dance puts on up to eight theatre shows and two dance concerts a year.

  • Pair a degree in Kinesiology or Education with studies in Dance to explore a career in Dance and Movement Therapy, a lucrative field that reflects the rising awareness of the importance of movement and arts in child education.

  • Work in small classes that foster your individual success and allow you to shine.

  • Collaborate on programs with FSU’s Cultural Events Series or the Mountain City Center for the Arts, both of which offer numerous opportunities for experiential learning, community involvement and internships.

  • Make your dance studies into a unique major with the Liberal Studies program, which gives you the means to craft your own degree to fit your interests. A Liberal Studies degree could, for example, combine Music, Theater, Dance and Business classes to prepare you to expertly run your own dance studio!

  • Travel to conferences and festivals around the region sponsored by the American College Dance Association, of which FSU is a member university.

  • Rehearse and perform on our gorgeous stages in the Drama Theater and Perry F. Smith Studio Theater.

About Our Dance Faculty:

  • Study under teachers who are actively involved in the community and in campus productions.

  • Meet faculty with a variety of backgrounds in movement, including a contemporary dance instructor who has taught master classes, a professional AEA-member actress and a ballet and Pilates instructor who has performed at the Kennedy Center, Smithsonian and White House.

Sample Dance Courses You May Take:

Jazz I – Beginning jazz dance techniques, history and terminology.

Dance Company I – Application of procedures in auditioning, learning choreography, rehearsals and production of both individual and company dance pieces as a member of FSU Dance Company culminating in public performances.

Composition and Theory – Development of creative process through exploration of choreographic works, movement concepts and compositional concepts.

Contemporary Modern – Movement class exploring the fusion of traditional and modern dance techniques with contemporary dance.

Find out more about Frostburg State University’s dance minor program requirements (PDF).

Career Outlook for Dance Professionals:

On average, 30% of dancers are employed with dance companies, while 57% hold jobs as private dance instructors. Job growth is rising faster than the national average for private teachers and choreographers, with a 24% increase in positions expected between 2012 and 2022, possibly due to a cultural interest in dance and therefore enrollment in dance schools and classes. Successful professional dancers can eventually advance to directors, producers or choreographers for dance companies. New possibilities for dancers are opening in movies, casino shows, and theme parks. For more information, visit http://www.bls.gov/ooh/entertainment-and-sports/dancers-and-choreographers.htm (U.S. Government Occupational Outlook Handbook).

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