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Dance Education, B.A.

College of Arts and Sciences

Earn your certification to teach dance in a rigorous dance classroom and studio environment while earning a broad undergraduate liberal arts education. Prepare to teach dance in a variety of settings.

An emphasis in dance education offers an opportunity to pursue your SC K-12 teacher's certification in addition to pursuing a degree in dance and participating fully in technique classes, performances and coursework. Gain practical teaching experiences through placement in K-12 schools and other educational and community partnerships.

Program Highlights

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    Accredited Program

    The USC Dance Program is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Dance.

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    Authentic Experiences

    Learn to teach dance as a performing art and academic discipline through hands-on experiences in K-12 schools.

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    Special Guests

    Receive real world information about careers in dance from visiting professional choreographers, dancers and educators.

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    Great Performances

    Five productions a year feature a wide-ranging repertory of works by world-renowned choreographers, faculty and students.

What You’ll Study

Lead lessons for K-12 students in the community, as well as populations with disabilities. Mentor high school choreography projects. Participate in national conferences and advocate for the arts at the South Carolina Statehouse.

Building Skills

Gain the professional and personal intelligence it takes to have a successful career.

  • Teaching

    Foster learning by conveying knowledge, skills and concepts to students


    Promoting or defending a cause or issue often using awareness, education and policy change


    Exchanging information and ideas through speaking, writing or other means of expression

  • Cultural Awareness

    Learning about and respecting diverse cultures and beliefs

    Critical Thinking

    Analyzing and evaluating information to make informed decisions or judgments

    Problem Solving

    Identifying, analyzing and resolving problems or challenges using creative and effective strategies

Using your degree

Make your college experience the foundation for a successful future.

Potential Careers

  • K-12 Dance Educator
  • Dance Studio Teacher
  • Dance Therapist
  • Professional Dancer
  • Choreographer

Workplace Settings

  • Education
  • Business
  • Wellness
  • Entertainment

Advanced Degrees

Advance your career or options with post-graduate education.

Is USC Right For You?

There are many reasons we could be your ideal university. There's the award-winning academics, the globally modeled student life, and abundance of study abroad and experiential learning options. Take a closer look at what USC could mean for you.

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