Loyola University Chicago


Department of Fine and Performing Arts


The Loyola Dance Program is distinguished within the Chicago community and on a national level through its commitment to rigorous study of classical dance techniques. Training in ballet and modern dance, as well as the performance of  demanding repertory, allows students to develop physical and artistic skills at a conservatory level while benefiting from a holistic Jesuit liberal arts education. Housed within the vibrant Department of Fine and Performing Arts, the Loyola Dance Program offers a Dance major, a Dance minor, and many classes that count towards Artistic Knowledge within the core curriculum and Engaged Learning credit.

Chicago serves as an extended classroom for our program, and our dancers engage extensively with the professional dance community through Loyola’s premier faculty, guest artists, internship opportunities, world-class performances, master classes and workshops.

Our Mission

The Loyola University Chicago Dance program offers conservatory style technical training within a Jesuit liberal arts curriculum, emphasizing the education of the whole person and a commitment to the service of others through art-making. 


  • The study of dance is experiential and transformative, impacting student learning in affective, psychomotor, cognitive and spiritual domains.
  • We preserve and contextualize classical techniques and masterworks, investigating work from the past to enrich current and emerging approaches to dance creation and performance.
  • Our curricular and co-curricular structures engage students in a wide variety of dance experiences that serve as professional development, community-building, and self-discovery opportunities.
  • We are committed to excellence in the building of dance professionals and artists who will be advocates for creative work and will become leaders in their fields.