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Why choose dance at North Central College?

Dance expresses ideas, emotions and stories as told through movement. Dancers achieve full physical expression, stylistic range and expressive storytelling through ballet, tap, modern and jazz choreography. This program places importance on both training in class and performing on stage.

At North Central, you will study with faculty who are accomplished in the Chicago theatre scene. Your professors will take personal interest in your growth, customize instruction to your capabilities and challenge you as you prepare for performances. Whether you want to dance for fun, pursue it professionally, or to compliment your major, dance at North Central is sure to provide a strong foundation.


  • Telling stories through performing
  • Mastering multiple styles of dance
  • Working as part of an ensemble of other dancers

then a minor in DANCE might be for you.

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In the Classroom

Coursework topics:

  • Advanced Ballet
  • Choreography
  • Contemporary Modern Dance
  • Dance History
  • Jazz Dance
  • Movement for Actors
  • Musical Theatre Dance
  • Somatics
  • Tap Dance

Beyond the Classroom

As a dance minor, you can:

  • Tap into our faculty’s professional network, which extends throughout Chicago’s vibrant theatre community (and beyond).
  • Join the Cardinal Dance Company, a 60-member, student-managed group that produces an annual show.
  • Audition for Dance Team, a high-performance cheer team that incorporates advanced dance into routines at athletic events.

More Department information

Dance Minor

For additional programs and courses in this department, see Theatre.

A minimum of 24 credit hours, including:

Core Requirements


Eight credit hours from the following:

Theatre Practicum Requirement

Three semesters of Theatre Practicum (THEA 115 , THEA 116 , THEA 117 and/or THEA 118 ). Practicum credit is given to students participating in departmental productions. Students may get credit for: 1) Being in a show as a dancer 2) Working on a show in a production assignment having to do with dance. Examples include: Choreographer, Assisstant Choreographer or Dance Captain. Practicum courses may be taken for credit or no credit, and a maximum of six hours may count towards the 128 hours required for graduation. These hours are in addition to, not part of, the hours required for the minor.

Dance Internships and Jobs

A North Central education integrates career preparation with rich academic study. Our faculty encourages you to refine and apply your knowledge in an interconnected world. Here you'll learn to think independently and work globally to solve problems and lead.


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

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