North Central College - Naperville, IL


Why choose dance at North Central College?

You’ll enjoy the rare opportunity to both train and perform. This unusual combination will make you a better dancer—but it will also increase your joy in your work. Whether you study ballet, tap, jazz or choreography (or all four), your faculty will take a personal interest in your growth, customize instruction to your capabilities and challenge you as you prepare for performances. You’ll top off your minor by performing or choreographing two pieces for North Central’s Senior Dance Showcase.

You may also:

  • Perform in faculty-directed and professionally choreographed mainstage productions.
  • Join the Cardinal Dance Company, a 60-member, student-managed group that produces an annual show.
  • Join the Dance Team, a high-performance cheer team that incorporates advanced dance into routines at athletic events.


For the fourth time in five years, The Chronicle of Higher Education has named North Central College a “Great College To Work For.”
Peter Frampton
The Doobie Brothers, Peter Frampton, Jonny Lang and The Tenors are among stars headlining North Central College’s 2015-2016 Fine and Performing Arts Season.
Dr. R. Devadoss Pandian receives honorary degree and emeritus status prior to his leaving North Central College



Recent graduates in dance include:

  • Ballroom and round dance teacher, St. Charles, IL
  • Instructor of modern dance, BDA Dance, Crest Hill, IL
  • Instructor of jazz and hip hop dance, Naperville Park District, Naperville
Psychology major, Dance minor

Kristin has been dancing since she was 10. When she came to North Central, she wanted to major in psychology—but she also wanted to continue dancing. “The dance minor allowed me to do that," she says.

But Kristin did much more than simply maintain her skills here—she also achieved new technical milestones, performed for large audiences and formed lasting friendships within North Central’s tight–knit dance community.

Kristin’s honors thesis—which she presented at the Rall Symposium for Undergraduate Research and at the National Conferences on...

Theatre major, Dance minor

Heidi fell in love with North Central because of the College’s theatre program and facilities. Being so close to Chicago helped, too.

“There are amazing internship opportunities—North Central students can get experience working as an actor at professional theaters in Chicago,” she says.

Minoring in dance will open more doors for Heidi, since many productions require actors “who are multi-faceted with training in music and dance.” Her goal is to become a working actor when she graduates.

“The faculty have been amazingly helpful. I can approach all my professors in the theatre and dance departments and they’ll always provide guidance,” she says.

“North Central has prepared me more than...


En garde! As part of an independent study, Brian used his theatrical talents to showcase an uncommon type of dance: stage combat.

“I showed that fighters need to learn footwork and combat moves to create a fierce and violent dance,” he says.

Through his stage combat experience, Brian landed an internship with the Tony Award-winning Chicago Shakespeare Theater at Navy Pier. He also choreographed five student plays at North Central College and worked as the stunt coordinator for “Urinetown,” the musical. He says faculty helped him discover and hone his special skills.

“The professors know your specialties, and they’ll give you the right guidance to expand on those talents,” he says.


Finance and Economics major, Dance minor

McKenna found that North Central’s dance program let her continue her lifelong love of dancing while majoring in finance and economics. “I might decide later to teach a dance class for fun; dance will be part of who I am. Students in my classes have ranged from dancing their whole lives, like me, to never dancing before. The dance program caters to students with all different backgrounds but also has a strong emphasis on musical theatre dancing.”  

McKenna was also looking for an enthusiastic staff, beautiful campus, dedication to excellent educational programs and a school that was warm and inviting, adding that North Central has definitely become her home. “And North Central’s small class sizes...

Exercise Science major, Dance minor

As Mychall considered different colleges and universities, North Central’s liberal arts program stood out. “I realized I could pursue a medical career while still being involved in music and theatre and earn a dance minor.”

Mychall’s goal is to become a physical therapist or other medical professional who treats performers, so he’s majoring in exercise science while studying dance. He has experience with gymnastics, ballroom dance and hip hop and has choreographed children’s theatre. At North Central, he has performed in “Cats,” “The Phantom of the Opera” and “The Wedding Singer.”

In preparing for a possible medical career, Mychall has shadowed doctors and nurses and worked as a pharmacy...