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Dance (Theatre & Dance, B.A.)

The Old Dominion University Dance Program engages students in a dynamic and transformative process of dance training, fostering curiosity, imagination, versatility and innovation. Through interdisciplinary learning, scholarly research and engagement with local and global communities, students experience dance on many levels helping them to think critically and live creatively as dance artists.

Dance (Theatre & Dance, B.A.)


What is Dance at ODU like?

The Old Dominion University Dance Program engages students in a dynamic and transformative process of dance training, fostering curiosity, imagination, versatility and innovation. Through interdisciplinary learning, scholarly research and engagement with local and global communities, students experience dance on many levels helping them to think critically and live creatively as dance artists.

Program Highlights

What makes Dance at ODU unique?

  • Students have many opportunities to perform and choreograph in multiple venues and concerts throughout their academic careers.

  • Students thrive in an academic and social community within a program that is supportive and encouraging of diversity and innovation.

  • Students interact with resident guest artists at least twice a year affording them the chance to experience art in the making, and to network and form lasting bonds with dance professionals.

  • Learn more on our Dance Student Resources page.


What are some careers in this field?

Check out these ideas from ODU Career Development Services and the Occupational Information Network (O*NET). A median salary is the midpoint of what people typically earn—half of those surveyed earned above the median salary, and half earned below.

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Research, analyze, record, and interpret the past as recorded in sources, such as government and institutional records, newspapers and other periodicals, photographs, interviews, films, electronic media, and unpublished manuscripts, such as personal diaries and letters.

Talent Directors



Audition and interview performers to select most appropriate talent for parts in stage, television, radio, or motion picture productions.




Create new dance routines. Rehearse performance of routines. May direct and stage presentations.


Graduates from this major have gone to work at

Chicago Dance Crash, Disney, Tokyo Disney, Virginia Opera, TR Dance Virginia Ballet Theater, Schools: Salem High School, Woodside Highschool, York County High School, Churchland High School, Old Donation Center for the Gifted and Talented, Governor’s School for the Arts and private dance studios – some owning their own.  


What are some courses offered in Dance at ODU?

DANC 330:

This course explores the extended physical technique known as Extreme Moves. The Extreme Moves training method focuses on the body?s alignment with regard to how forces are present, how they act upon it, and how to build strength to resist or collaborate with these forces. Students will work with props such as large physio balls, elastic bands, mats and the wall in order to improve their core strength, balance, upper and lower body strength and alignments. Through physical practice, readings and videos, students will learn the conceptual framework for Extreme Moves. Prerequisite: Junior standing or permission of the instructor.

DANC 361:
Hip Hop Dance and Culture 1

This course will explore hip hop dance and culture from several points of entry: movement, historical, political, aesthetic, sonic, and geographical. The historical focus of the course locates hip-hop dance as a personal, interactive, and cultural expression. Students will navigate through the evolution of hip hop dance and culture from its birthplace in the Bronx, NY through its development into a global phenomenon. The course will discuss the elements of hip hop culture: DJ, B-Boy/Girl, Graffiti Art, MC, and Beat Box, and how they intersect. Students will explore how hip-hop influences and is influenced by geopolitics, race, gender, and other social structures. Prerequisites: DANC 261.

DANC 341:
Pilates Equipment Lab 1

This course will focus on learning beginning and some intermediate exercises on the Pilates equipment, which includes the Reformer, Cadillac, Lo Chair and Magic Circle. Prerequisites: DANC 241.


What are the requirements to apply for Dance at ODU?

Students entering the Bachelor of Arts program in Dance should meet the minimum university admission requirements (Undergraduate Admission)

    • In-person auditions will be held on January 29, 2022. Everyone who auditions in-person will be considered for dance scholarships.  
      Online auditions received by March 1, 2022 will be considered for dance scholarships.   
    • High school students attending the program auditions will be considered for a scholarship to the ODU Summer Dance Intensive taking place in June 2022.
    • To complete your application and/or upload media, click here.
    • To arrange a tour or for more information, contact Megan Thompson at mmthomps@odu.edu


Tuition and Fees

Estimated rates for the 2022-23 academic year. Rates are subject to change. Anyone that is not a current Virginia resident will be charged non-resident rates. That includes international students.

Virginia Resident

Per Credit:

$ 374


Per Credit:

$ 1,039

Active Duty Military Rate

Per Credit:

$ 250

Technology Delivered Courses Outside Virginia and/or the United States

Per Credit:

$ 407

Ways to Save

Here are a few ways for you to save on the cost of attending ODU. For more information visit University Student Financial aid


A limited number of students may qualify each year for scholarships from ODU’s M&S program. Through generous donations to the Dance Program, six scholarships ranging from $750.00 to $4500.00 are awarded each year to deserving dance majors.

To be eligible for a scholarship through the dance program, a student must be a declared dance major and must exhibit exceptional commitment, talent and a positive attitude. Additional scholarships are available through the Office of Financial Aid.

Next Steps

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I like this program and want to transfer. What are my next steps?

At ODU, we understand that as a transfer student you have unique needs that require a wide array of campus resources. The Center for Advising Administration and Academic Partnerships aims to create a transfer inclusive culture that supports the successful transition, engagement, and academic achievement of transfer students. The services and programs offered to you as a Monarch are endless so take advantage of every opportunity. Even before you set foot on campus, we encourage you to Explore, Experience, and Engage! Visit our Transfer Students page for more information.

Additional Programs

Are there other programs at ODU I may be interested in?

With over 120 undergraduate programs, 130 graduate programs at the master'seducation specialist and doctoral levels plus a wealth of certificate and professional development programs, Old Dominion University has the program for you. Visit our academic program listing page to see other programs ODU has to offer.

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