Loyola University Chicago


Department of Fine and Performing Arts

Major in Dance

Artistic and Academic Excellence

The Bachelor of Arts in Dance offers diverse, rigorous dance training within the context of Loyola’s Ignatian liberal arts curriculum in the service of social justice.  The dance curriculum features classical, contemporary and global forms, which contextualize and enrich current and emerging approaches to dance creation, dance research, and performance. 

Chicago as Extended Classroom

Chicago serves as extended classroom for our program. 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. 

Dance as Research and Social Justice

Loyola dancers participate in a host of co-curricular activities that strengthen artistic practices through undergraduate research and serve our commitment to social justice. This includes annual travel to The American College Dance Association conference, and engagement in a wide array of interdisciplinary collaborations and international immersion activities. Our value of justice spurs multiple initiatives beyond performance including community outreach, symposium organizing, student driven service projects, and coursework in adaptive dance practices, pedagogy, composition, and fieldwork. 


The Bachelor of Arts in Dance celebrates student leadership and initiative. Central to our vision is that students graduate from Loyola prepared to work in the dance field within a variety of contexts including concert and commercial dance, education, arts activism and advocacy, choreography, graduate school and much more. Opportunities for student leadership, such as participation in the Loyola Dance Honors Society, mentored research, independent choreography, and interdisciplinary projects provide students with the experience and skills needed to be future innovators. 

Performance-Based Pedagogy

Loyola’s performance-based pedagogy supports application and synthesis of classroom practice and theory. Dance majors perform regularly in curricular and co-curricular events. Our Annual Dance Concert in the Newhart Family Theatre features fully produced classical and contemporary repertory. Dance majors perform site-specific works at Loyola University Museum of Art, The Institute for Environmental Sustainability, Madonna della Strada Chapel, and countless other sites, in addition to performing in musical theatre productions and independent projects. 

Masters in Education (MEd) with Teaching Accreditation

Loyola Dance majors and minors can achieve teaching accreditation and placement through a one-year accelerated Master’s in Elementary Education with Dance Endorsement, a clinical residency program developed in partnership with Chicago Public Schools and Loyola’s School of Education. The program features a $40,000 stipend and employment placement upon completion. For more information about the Masters in Education with Dance Residency please contact Dance faculty member, Dr. Amy Wilkinson at awilki1@luc.edu  



Admission to the Dance Major

Students can enter the Bachelor of Arts in Dance through three pathways: 

  • Audition for the major either on campus or via video audition
  • Interview on campus or via zoom
  • Transfer as a current Loyola dance minor to a dance major

For details on applaying for the Dance Major, visit our Audition page.


Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate an understanding of choreographic processes, aesthetic properties of style, and the ways these shape and are shaped by artistic and cultural ideas and contexts 
  • Apply and synthesize performance experience with a wide selection of dance repertory, the principal eras, genres, and cultural sources.
  • Employ fundamental knowledge of the body/embodiment and of kinesiology as applicable to work in dance.  Critically evaluate classroom technique, injury prevention, wellness, and personal development.
  • Apply the ability to think, speak, and write clearly and effectively, and to communicate with precision, cogency, and rhetorical effectiveness, with the understanding that sharing our work in multiple contexts allows us to engage with the world on topics of academic and social relevance.
  • Demonstrate the ability to develop and defend critical evaluations through creative inquiry and to respect, understand, and evaluate work in a variety of disciplines and  scholarly, artistic, and pedagogical endeavors.
  • Convey general knowledge of business and professional practices as they relate to the field of dance, recognizing that collaboration and interconnection are central to the growth and strengthening of our field.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of, and experience in thinking about, moral and ethical problems.  Cultivate empathy within roles as scholars and artists.