The Dance degree program at Webster University prepares students for careers in performance, choreography and private instruction or for entrance into a master of fine arts (MFA) program. Dance majors may earn a BA or BFA in dance with an emphasis in ballet or modern, and all students develop a well-rounded understanding of the world of dance.

Many on-campus opportunities exist for Dance students to perform, such as the Webster University Dance Ensemble - the department's performance company that produces a major concert each March and participates annually in the Regional American College Dance Festival. Additionally, the Department of Dance offers multiple concert dance forms including classical ballet, modern dance, jazz and tap.

Areas of Emphasis:

  • Ballet
  • Modern

Partnerships with World-Class Cultural Institutions such as:

  • Opera Theatre of Saint Louis and The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis
  • The Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra and Dance St. Louis
  • Vienna Academy of Fine Art of which Webster University is the only American university that has a partnership.

Dance Academic Programs

To read about specific program requirements, learning outcomes and how to apply, click on a program from the following list:


Acceptance to the Department of Dance as a degree-seeking student is by audition. There is no audition required for a dance minor. Auditions are held on campus throughout the year and conducted in the form of a class. The class will consist of ballet and modern techniques. It is preferable that applicants have a solid background in ballet. Each dancer must wear a leotard and tights and be prepared to work in ballet, modern and possibly jazz. To request an audition, please complete the audition request form.

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