Undergraduate Dance Program

The Theatre and Dance Department under Newcomb Dance Company develop and present two original dance concerts every year under the direction of faculty and/or a professional guest artist. Students will have an opportunity to improve their technique and artistry in movement through well-rounded classes and performances.

Student works also are produced every semester in the Young Performers and Above the Oaks series presented in the dance studio, McWilliams 300.

The Theatre and Dance Department offers three dance degrees, a Bachelors of Art in Dance, Bachelors of Arts in Movement Arts, and Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance.


The Bachelor of Arts Dance curriculum focuses on development of technical abilities, and choreographic skill, with dance related electives. The program strives to unite academic and artistic inquiry with dance-related courses and cross over course work, as applicable, in other disciplines. Audition is required.

Note: Audition is required for the BA. Auditions are held every year in the fall semester.

The BA Dance major requires 33 credits as follows:

Core Classes:

  • DANC 2010 - Performance I (3)
  • DANC 42520 - Dance Composition II (3)
  • DANC 4710 or DANC 4720 - Dance History (3)
  • Dance Technique: 12 credits (See below) *
    • 2 courses ballet (4 credits) required
    • 2 courses modern (4 credits) required
    • 2 courses jazz (4 credits) accepted
    • Core courses: 21 credits

Courses catalog



Admission is a two-part process. Prospective dance majors must be admitted by both the University and the Dance Program. Admission to the Dance Program is contingent upon admission to Tulane University. Tulane University Office of Undergraduate Admission evaluates applicants according to university admissions procedures. The Dance Program accepts students on the basis of an audition and offers two B.A. degrees and a B.F.A. degree. Students may audition for the B.A. in their freshman or sophomore years.

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For more information on the undergraduate degrees, courses, or general information about Theatre and performances at Tulane, please email tutd@tulane.edu or call our administrative office Monday – Friday 9am – 5pm at 504-865-7761.