The University of Arizona
School of Dance
PO Box 210093
Tucson, AZ, 85721
Department Head: Jory Hancock
Phone: 520.621.4698
Fax: 520.621.6981
Photo Credits: Ed Flores
Photo Credits: Ed Flores

Dance Degrees

B.F.A in Dance
M.F.A in Dance

Academic Information

Number of Majors
130
Number of Minors
18
Number of Graduate Students
10
Number of Participating Non-Majors
125
# of Faculty(Other)
3
# of Faculty (Full-Time)
9
Size of Student Body
40,000
Fall Semester Deadline
Call

Financial Information

Cost of room & board
9,024
Undergraduate Tuition (Resident)
9,388
Graduate Tuition (Resident)
10,508
Graduate Tuition (Out of State)
27820
% of students receiving financial Aid
75
Undergraduate Tuition (Out of State)
26,070

Scholarships

Merit-based Scholarships awarded
Need-based Scholarships awarded

Audition Information

Auditions required for placement
Auditions required for admission
Auditions required for scholarship
Audition Dates Call

Dance Genres

Jazz
Ballet
Modern contemporary

The BFA is a professional degree, emphasizing both the studio and performance experience. The primary focus is to offer technical training that optimally prepares dancers for future professional careers in dance upon graduation. In meeting these demands, the unique triple-track design affords students the opportunity to study ballet, modern and jazz with strong and equal emphasis. The BFA degree in dance places an emphasis on technique and performing, yet students are also assured of receiving a well-rounded education, housed within an institution nationally lauded for scientific discoveries and research. In 2003 the University of Arizona’s dance program was enhanced by the completion of the Stevie Eller Dance Theatre, an award-winning, state-of-the-art facility.
University of Arizona dance faculty include Douglas Nielsen, internationally acclaimed modern choreographer; James Clouser, choreographer and former director of several American ballet companies; Amy Ernst, featured modern dancer with Bella Lewitzky; Melissa Lowe and Jory Hancock, principal dancers with several national companies, including Pacific Northwest Ballet; Michael Williams, formerly of Gus Giordano Dance Chicago; Sam Watson, formerly of Gus Giordano Dance Chicago; Elizabeth George, former dancer with Dayton Ballet; Tamara Dyke-Compton, original cast member in Twyla Tharp's "Movin' Out" and Dr. Suzanne Knosp, music director for dance, overseeing the training of all accompanists.
For audition dates, application procedures, and requirements for admission please visit the School of Dance website: www.dance.arizona.edu.

The M.F.A. is a two- to three-year degree program in dance emphasizing performance and/or choreography. Graduate students focusing on choreography have a diverse and talented population of undergraduates and peers on which to create work. Each M.F.A. candidate is mentored on three projects from proposal to completion. Choreographic projects may be auditioned for integrated programs composed of work by faculty and students, and/or may be produced separately. Graduate teaching assistantships and preceptorships are available each semester, giving students the opportunity to gain experience in both studio and lecture class instruction. In 2003, the University of Arizona’s dance program was blessed by the completion of the Stevie Eller Dance Theatre. Home to the UA Dance Ensemble, dance majors rehearse and perform in this award-winning, state-of-the-art facility.
University of Arizona dance faculty include Douglas Nielsen, internationally acclaimed modern choreographer; James Clouser, choreographer and former director of several American ballet companies; Amy Ernst, featured modern dancer with Bella Lewitzky; Melissa Lowe and Jory Hancock, principal dancers with several national companies, including Pacific Northwest Ballet; Michael Williams, formerly of Gus Giordano Dance Chicago; Sam Watson, formerly of Gus Giordano Dance Chicago; Elizabeth George, former dancer with Dayton Ballet; Tamara Dyke-Compton, original cast member in Twyla Tharp's "Movin' Out" and Dr. Suzanne Knosp, music director for dance, overseeing the training of all accompanists. For M.F.A. degree application procedures, and requirements for admission please visit the School of Dance website: www.dance.arizona.edu