Loyola University Chicago


Department of Fine and Performing Arts

Major in Dance


The B.A. in Dance requires 39 hours for completion. This major offers conservatory-level dance training within the context of Loyola’s Ignatian liberal arts curriculum. Additionally, the Dance major features the most significant element of conservatory training — a daily ballet class.  Our Modern curriculum features classical and contemporary forms. We preserve and contextualize classical techniques and masterworks, using work from the past to enrich current and emerging approaches to dance creation and performance.

Dance majors consistently rehearse and perform in theatres on campus. Additionally our dancers have performed site-specific works at Loyola University Museum of Art (LUMA), The Institute for Environmental Sustainability, and The Madonna della Strada Chapel.

Chicago serves as extended classroom for our program, and our dancers engage extensively with the professional dance community through Loyola’s premier professional faculty, guest artists, internship opportunities, world-class performances, master classes and workshops. Loyola Dance majors participate in a host of co-curricular activities that strengthen artistic practices and serve our commitment to social justice. This includes participation in The American College Dance Association conference, Loyola’s own IN/Motion: Chicago’s Dance Film Festival, interdisciplinary collaborations, research presentations, and international immersion activities among others.