Holistic Study of Dance: Our BA in Dance includes a liberal arts curriculum and well-rounded exploration of our discipline, as well as rigorous study within your emphasis in Dance or Dance Education, leading to K-12 certification.
High Standards: Winthrop is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Dance. This means that our faculty, facilities, productions, and resources all meet the highest standards of quality in the country. Moreover, all programs at Winthrop University that can be accredited by a national organization are accredited, making Winthrop one of a handful of universities in the country that maintain this commitment to excellence for all its students.
Hands-on Learning: Dance is an art form that you learn by DOING. We produce ten to a dozen theatre and dance productions every academic year. This includes typically six productions that are 100 percent student works (directed/choreographed by students, designed by students, performed by students). There are not many undergraduate programs in the country that offer this many opportunities for students to practice their artistic crafts.
Small Classes / One-on-One Mentorship: One hallmark of Winthrop’s quality has been the small class size we have maintained all across the university. Unlike larger universities, you’ll have opportunities to act, dance, direct, choreograph and/or design in major productions during your entire four-year course of study, starting with your freshman year, and with 14 full-time faculty and several part-time instructors, we are able to give very intense one-on-one mentoring to our students.
Facilities: We are very proud of our excellent facilities, including two of the finest dance studios in the southeast. In addition to the 333-seat Johnson Theatre mainstage, the 100-seat Studio Theatre serves as the laboratory for student-driven works.
Transferrable Skills: All students benefit from the Winthrop distinctives of critical thinking and writing. Theatre and dance students are life-long learners that excel in collaboration, flexibility, creative problem solving, and the ability to communicate their ideas convincingly. Our graduates in dance education are in high demand, with a 100% placement rate upon graduation in recent years
Faculty: Winthrop faculty are accomplished working professionals and dedicated teachers who continually share their expertise with students.
If you are looking for a dance program where you will have plenty of opportunities, where you will have excellent facilities, and where you will have faculty mentors who give you individual attention, then I hope you will give our program serious consideration. We offer scholarships to outstanding students. This past year we awarded scholarships to over 50 students in our department.