Program NameTheater and Dance
College/SchoolCollege of Arts and Sciences
DepartmentDepartment of Theater and Dance
Degrees Available at SIUE
- Bachelor of Arts in Theater and Dance, Dance Specialization
- Bachelor of Science in Theater and Dance, Dance Specialization
Other Theater and Dance Programs at SIUE
- Theater Education
Dance at SIUE
Majoring in dance at SIUE allows students to broaden their previous dance experience, put thought and emotion into movement, and hone a range of valuable life skills such as creative thinking, perseverance and communication. Due to the collaborative nature of the performing arts, students often participate in all aspects of production, artistic and technical, so they develop a critical understanding and enhanced appreciation for theater and dance arts.
The theater and dance program at SIUE offers an intense curriculum that prepares students for their professional career or graduate school. Our program is known for its small class sizes and artistic freedom. Faculty members encourage students to take risks so they may discover and expand their creativity. SIUE’s location, 25 minutes from St. Louis, allows students the opportunity to compete for internships in an artistically vibrant city.
Opportunities typically reserved for graduate students at other schools, are readily available to undergraduate students at SIUE. SIUE is home to The Metcalf Student Experimental Theater, which is the primary venue for students who want to act, dance, direct, choreograph and design costumes and sets. The Department of Theater and Dance also offers an annual dance festival and faculty dance concert as well as a traveling, student dance company, four annual theater productions, two student productions, a one-act festival, Black Theater Workshop, summer stock theater productions, and a four-day experimental theater and dance festival in the fall. Each of these events offers students the opportunity to gain valuable hands-on experience.
Graduates with a degree in dance can find their place with careers as performers, choreographers and teachers. There are also other direct or indirect jobs where the skills learned in the dance curriculum will be valuable. Dancers and choreographers face intense competition for jobs, and SIUE graduates are at an advantage since their education is embedded in a liberal-arts influenced curriculum that stresses creativity, critical thinking and communication skills.