Columbia College Chicago


At the Dance Center of Columbia College Chicago, we value the learning partnership between the diverse student body and our award-winning, innovative faculty. Together we continuously examine the evolving field of dance. Specifically, we investigate contemporary dance as it is informed by the relationship between modern dance, ballet and West African dance.

Majors & Programs

The Dance Department, home of one of the nation’s largest programs devoted to the study of contemporary dance, will prepare you to perform, choreograph or teach your dream. You’ll engage in a comprehensive, highly disciplined, and exciting program of physical and intellectual study and creative endeavor. We offer both a Bachelor of Arts and a more intensive Bachelor of Fine Arts degree as well as a minor in Dance.

For requirements and more information about these programs, visit the course catalog.

Dance, BA


Dance is your central focus, but you want a broader college experience. This program allows enough time and flexibility for you to explore Columbia’s many electives; a minor in another field; or upper-division dance courses focused on pedagogy, technology, choreography, dance studies or body science.

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Dance, BFA


Columbia’s Dance BFA is a nationally respected academic program intended for students with professional aspirations. We offer a variety of challenging, diverse courses that train students to develop the skills the field demands. A capstone experience in pedagogy, choreography, dance studies or performance culminates your BFA experience.

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Dance Minor


Your major is in another field, but you still want to explore Columbia’s internationally renowned dance program. This minor gives you practical and intellectual exposure to dance and a degree of physical experience in several dance idioms.

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