You are a mover. You dream of creating motion, choreographing performances and cultivating the minds of future dancers. Learn a variety of dance styles including modern, ballet, jazz and more, through courses like Kinesiology, Dance History, and Improvisation.

The dance program at Winthrop University includes a well-rounded exploration of dance as well as rigorous study within each emphasis. Students participate in studio-based practices and explorations as well as performances and other educational offerings. Our program offers small class sizes and personalized attention that sets us apart from larger institutions.


Each year, the department presents four main stage productions, two student choreography showcases, and as many as six studio dance/theatre productions and other informal performances. Very few undergraduate programs offer this many opportunities for students to perform, design, direct, choreograph, stage manage, and run productions. Visit the event calendar for more information.


Winthrop dance faculty are accomplished professionals, working with such companies as Merce Cunningham, Bodiography Contemporary Ballet in Charlotte, Charlotte Ballet, Utah Ballet, and the Zurich Ballet. They are dedicated teachers who continually share their experience and talents with students. Through countless opportunities for interaction inside and outside the classroom, strong bonds and mentorships are fostered between faculty and student.


“My degree has provided me with many opportunities post graduation. It allowed me to work for an amazing dance and cirque company. Because my degree is in dance and education, it allowed me to dance professionally as well as do educational outreach work for the same company. Along with this, I have connected with other dancers who attended Winthrop before I went there. This allowed me to create relationships with other alumni and bond over our various experiences.” – Class of 2016

  • Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in dance
  • Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in dance with K-12 teacher certification
  • performer
  • choreographer
  • k-12 teacher
  • critic
  • dance photographer
  • dance studio owner
  • arts administrator
  • yoga or pilates instructor
  • and more


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