Take the First Step Toward Your Career as a Performer, Choreographer and Educator

At Webster University’s Department of Dance, our esteemed faculty are student-focused to ensure high-quality learning experiences that transform students for individual excellence. The Webster Dance curriculum combines rigorous and versatile technical training with extensive opportunities for creative exploration to prepare students for 21st-century careers in dance as performers, choreographers, educators and scholars. In addition to our BFA and BA programs, our students have many on-campus performance opportunities throughout the academic year.

Explore below to learn more about our department that promotes, challenges, engages and embraces the uniqueness and wholeness of our developing artists.

How to Apply

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Schedule an Audition

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Webster University's Department of Dance is always looking for talented and curious students to join our program. Schedule an audition and make the first step to join us on stage.

Dance Performances

Webster Dance announces its 2023–2024 Season

BFA performance concert, featuring several dancers and a colorful backdrop.
BFA Choreographic Concert Oct. 5-7
New Works Concert Nov. 9-11
Creations Concert: A Fall Showcase of Student Works Dec. 1-2
Creations Concert: A Spring Showcase of Student Works March 1
Webster University Dance Ensemble May 3-5

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Webster University Dance Ensemble

The Leigh Gerdine College of Fine Arts presents the Webster University Dance Ensemble Concert, to be held in the Loretto-Hilton Center for the Performing Arts’ Browning Mainstage Auditorium, 130 Edgar Road. The performances take place at 7:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday, May 3 and 4, and at 2 p.m., Sunday, May 5.

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The 2024 Webster University Dance Ensemble concert includes a variety of works performed by our students in a wide range of styles, from West African to contemporary to tap and ballet. 

For this year's concert, the Department of Dance is honored to partner with the Paul Taylor Dance Foundation to restage Taylor's landmark work "Aureole." Rain Stippec returns to Webster Dance as our Alumni Guest Artist, joining faculty members Diadie Bathily, Maggi Dueker, Michael Uthoff and Xi Zhao in choreographing original works for this year's performance.

Prince Lyons
Alumni Testimonial

“I left [Webster] not only a well-rounded and virtuous dancer, but an educated one. Professors and faculty have helped me bring ALL of my ideas to fruition. I am forever grateful and proud to be a part of the Webster family.”

Prince Lyons
Prince Lyons

BFA in Dance, '17

As an Alum

Prince Lyons is currently dancing in Madonna's World Tour, has previously performed with Rambert II (London) and Visceral Dance Chicago, and received an Emerging Artist Award from the Arts and Education Council of St. Louis in 2023.

Undergraduate Majors and Minors

Skilled artists, compassionate thinkers.

At Webster, we promote the uniqueness and wholeness of the individual artist by sustaining a personalized approach through direct relationships with faculty and staff, and attention to student life.

Save the Date!

Upcoming in 2024

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Summer Intensive
July 22-26, 2024, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
Intermediate and advanced high school-aged dancers. Registration opens Jan. 15, 2024.

Junior Summer Intensive
July 29-Aug. 1, 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
Middle school-aged dancers. Registration opens Jan. 15, 2024.

Webster University Department of Dance Students


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Partnerships and Internship Opportunities

Our Dance students benefit from close partnerships between Webster's Department of Dance and local dance companies and arts organizations. Students often pursue internships and part-time employment with a host of these companies and many alumni work professionally with them upon graduation.

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