George Washington University's Department of Theatre and Dance fosters a vibrant community of scholars, students and artists in the creatively stimulating environment of Washington, D.C.—a hub of international cultural institutions and performing arts. We nurture our students through the process of artistic self-expression using a collaborative approach and providing global context. Our faculty includes a diverse forum of experts who bring their knowledge and talents to a lively educational experience.
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BA in Dance
Stretch the boundaries of your performance
The Dance Bachelor’s of Arts program emphasizes the development of a technically trained body, the processes involved in the creative activity of making dances and building a strong theoretical base for understanding movement. The student prepares for a professional career in the multifaceted field of dance as artist, entrepreneur, manager, or dance specialist. In addition, courses in theatrical crafts such as lighting and costuming are required to reinforce the concepts behind presenting dances in the theatrical environment. The focus of the dance program is contemporary modern rather than classical modern.
Enjoy unprecedented opportunities to perform and explore your craft
The Bachelor of Arts degree program of study in Theatre combines both the theory and practice of this collaborative art form. The curriculum offers courses in the doing of theatre design, acting, playwriting, directing and production work, along with the study of aesthetic theory, theater history and other conceptual and theoretical topics.
The curriculum is designed to give the Theatre Major a firm grounding in all aspects of theatre, while giving each student the opportunity to focus on a particular aspect of study (e.g. acting, design, dramaturgy), by the end of one’s senior year. Study abroad opportunities are encouraged, as is the opportunity to do a Senior Honors Thesis, which can have a performance, creative, or scholarly focus.