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The Dance Major

*The above requirements are for students who started at UCSD as Freshman. Transfer student requirements are the academic year two years prior to their first quarter at UCSD.

about the Dance Department

UC San Diego's Department of Theatre and Dance offers a BA degree in Dance, a Dance minor and courses that satisfy the university's general education requirements.

Any student who has been accepted to the University of California, San Diego is eligible to declare Theatre or Dance as a major. Auditions are not required, and no separate application must be filed. Continuing UCSD students who are changing their major to Theatre or Dance must file a Change of Major form with the UCSD Registrar's Office.


The Dance faculty, comprised of three full-time dance professionals, seven part-time dance specialists and regular rotating artists-in-residence of national recognition and acclaim provide diverse and creative curricula. This university setting provides a solid academic base on which to build dance technique: The trained dancer is enriched and developed with theories and principles that move dance from a display of technical skills to a creative endeavor.

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The program for the Dance Major provides a foundation of kinesthetic training in one or more idioms, and enhances expression and aesthetic awareness with concentration on the principles of choreography, movement education, dance history and theory, along with the process of performance. Courses of study include all levels of ballet, jazz and modern technique as well as ethnic dance forms, tap and dance for musical theatre. A wide variety of courses are provided in such subjects as improvisation, choreography and performance, choreography for dramatic text, repertory, history, aesthetics and criticism, dance movement analysis and injury prevention. Opportunities are also available for field studies in dance, dance pedagogy, dance internships and teaching assistantships.


Two fully-produced dance concerts are staged each academic year: In Winter quarter, students perform choreography by faculty and guest artists in the Mandell Weiss Center for the Performing Arts and in Spring quarter, students perform in the experimental choreographic works of other students at Mandeville Center Auditorium. In addition, UCSD's University Events Office presents an annual eclectic dance series with dance companies of international stature performing and providing master classes at various locations on campus.


The department proudly opened the new state-of-the-art Arthur and Molli Wagner Dance Facility, designed by award-winning and nationally recognized architect, Antoine Predock, in Winter of 1998, which features three naturally-lit and temperature-controlled studios with superior acoustics and expansive views of an embracing grove of eucalyptus trees. Spacious shower and locker rooms amply provide service to ongoing and overlapping classes.

About UCSD

The campus of UC San Diego sits on 1,200 acres of eucalyptus groves near the Pacific Ocean. Surrounding the campus is La Jolla, a picturesque community of boutiques, bistros, and businesses that enjoys a Mediterranean climate. San Diego is seven miles south of campus, with its world-acclaimed zoo, museums and theatres. Mexico is a 45-minute drive south, and Los Angeles is a 2-hour drive north.

UCSD ranks fifth in federal funding for research and development and in the top ten of all doctoral degree-granting institutions in a National Research Council study. The intellectual climate is enhanced by a variety of social, educational, professional, political, religious, and recreational opportunities and services. Student housing, financial aid and scholarships are all available.

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Of Interest:

TheatreForum - An international theatre journal since 1992
La Jolla Playhouse - UCSD is home to this Tony Award winning theatre
UC San Diego Home Page - UC San Diego's Main Web Site
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