Mollie Morgan, photo by Sally McKay

Mollie Morgan, "A Fine Line"

photo by Sally McCay

Students minoring in dance have full access to all the program has to offer, including courses and all special performance and creative opportunities. The minor in dance can be tied to a variety of majors in order to shape interesting careers paths and/or prepare students for exciting interdisciplinary graduate work.

The heart of the UVM Dance lies in modern/contemporary dance. Practice and theory are embedded in all dance courses. Students learn applied knowledge in the art of dance through courses in contemporary dance technique, improvisation, composition, site-based performance, and participation in yearly performances. Students also critically examine dance in courses that emphasize history, cultural traditions, and creative research. Courses in ballet, hip hop, musical theatre dance, and a wide variety of world dance forms provide students with the opportunity to learn about a broad spectrum of dance forms.

There is no audition required to declare a dance minor, just fill out the online form with the Registrar's office.

Beyond the classroom

Paula Higa, "Malacarne"

The UVM Dance Program places special emphasis on student creative work, which includes choreography and research, and encourages interdisciplinary approaches to studying dance. The program works very closely with our colleagues in Music to combine original and/or live music with dance creation at every opportunity.

UVM Dance engages with the wider dance world through professional guest choreographers and master class instructors, as well as attendance at university dance conferences. Dance students have many performing opportunities including fall and spring site performances, conferences such as the American College Dance Association and Vermont College Dance Festival, exchange trips with The University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and our large spring event, Dancing Uphill.

More student opportunities


All dance students are assigned to Paul Besaw for advising. If you are a student with questions about dance courses or the dance minor, e-mail Paul Besaw or call him at (802)-656-7912 for more information.