Loyola University Chicago


Department of Fine and Performing Arts

Minor in Dance

For students looking to deepen their knowledge and experience in Dance while studying at Loyola University Chicago, the Dance minor offers a flexible framework for students to pursue excellence artistically and academically.

The curriculum for the Dance minor at Loyola University Chicago features considerable study of applied studio technique enhanced by Foundations coursework, which supports integration of dance technique with theory and context.

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 Dance program offers minors performance opportunities each semester in our Dance Informance. In the spring, Dance minor mentor, Mari Jo Irbe Barker, creates a new choreographic work for the Dance minors featured in the Dance Informance. Dance minors additionally perform in our Student Choreographic Showcase, by invitation in our Mainstage Dance Concert and in several extra-curricular student dance organizations.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Increase psychomotor, cognitive and affective skills through the practice of dance
  • Demonstrate foundational knowledge of dance theory and performance
  • 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
  • Synthesize and apply coursework by preparing for and presenting public performance
  • Engage with peers in co-curricular Dance minor piece for Dance Informance and in extra-curricular student dance organizations