Department of Dance Vision and Mission

Located in the heart of Las Vegas, the Department of Dance strives to train world-class dancers who meet the growing needs of the entertainment capital of the world. The scope of the training exceeds the Las Vegas commercial dance form. The international exchanges, world-renowned guest artists, and high-caliber artistic training give UNLV’s students a global understanding of the art of dance. As a cultural center, the Department of Dance brings the residents of Las Vegas the highest caliber of artistic concert dance. UNLV is “A World of Dance!”

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Innovative Curriculum

The Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in dance provides an in-depth training program in ballet, modern, jazz, and performance dance techniques. This extensive program prepares UNLV dance majors for national dance companies, as well as entrance into a Master of Fine Arts program. The department also houses the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Production and Management. This is an innovative program designed to provide a liberal arts curriculum while focusing on the dance design and production process.

With a focus on the fine art of dancing, the progressive study of ballet, modern, and jazz techniques trains dancers and choreographers who are empowered to have an impact on the dance world. Students study with a faculty who are inspired educators, passionately gifted artists, dancers, choreographers, designers, visual artists, composers, and poets. Our program creates a unique place for dance artists to fashion captivating visual and auditory environments for the dance arts. Department of Dance's guest artist program continues to bring prestigious and nationally-known artists to Las Vegas. The international travel programs and relationships expose our students to new cultures, new traditions, new collaborative performance opportunities, and people who reaffirm their belief that the world is in need of artists.

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