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Dance Minor

Nurture Your Passion for Dance While Developing Foundational Techniques.

Are you passionate about dance? UMass Boston’s Dance Minor is a fantastic opportunity to explore and expand your love for dance. 

As part of the Performing Arts Department, this program gives you a technical foundation in ballet, modern, jazz, and hip-hop dance techniques. You’ll also gain exposure and fundamental training in theater dance forms. The program’s dedicated faculty members facilitate performance and choreographic opportunities and encourage you to understand dance from historical and world perspectives.

After completing the program, you’ll be equipped to perform in one or more areas of dance, develop and critically evaluate dance performances in different styles, and generally contribute to the world of dance. 

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How to Apply/Declare

Current Undergraduate Students: Complete an Undergraduate Program Add/Change form.

Prospective Undergraduate Students: Apply for admission to UMass Boston by completing an application. Start by reviewing the first-year and transfer application pages for important information about requirements, deadlines, and application status checks. Use the links below to apply: 

Apply as a First-Year Student

Apply as a Transfer Student


Core Courses (9 Credits)

  • DANCE 130 - Understanding Dance 3 Credit(s)
  • DANCE 330 - The Pedagogy of Dance 3 Credit(s)
  • DANCE 325 - Dance Theatre Workshop 4 Credit(s)

Dance Course Sequence (6 Credits)

Take one of the following pairs.

  • DANCE 132 - Ballet I and  DANCE 232 - Ballet II  OR
  • DANCE 232 - Ballet II and DANCE 332 - Ballet III  OR
  • DANCE 133 - Jazz Dance I and  DANCE 233 - Jazz Dance II  OR
  • DANCE 134 - Modern Dance I and  DANCE 234 - Modern Dance II

Dance Elective (3 Credits)

Take one additional dance course that has not already been used for the "Dance Course Sequence" requirement.

  • DANCE 131 - Musical Theatre Dance 3 Credit(s)
  • DANCE 132 - Ballet I 3 Credit(s)
  • DANCE 133 - Jazz Dance I 3 Credit(s)
  • DANCE 134 - Modern Dance I 3 Credit(s)
  • DANCE 135 - Multicultural Dance 3 Credit(s)
  • DANCE 232 - Ballet II 3 Credit(s)
  • DANCE 233 - Jazz Dance II 3 Credit(s)
  • DANCE 234 - Modern Dance II 3 Credit(s)
  • DANCE 332 - Ballet III 3 Credit(s)

Completion Requirements

Complete 19 credits from six courses, including three core courses, two courses from a paired dance sequence, and one dance elective.


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