Department of Music, Theatre
and Dance
Varner Hall, Room 207
371 Varner Drive
Rochester, MI 48309-4485
Academic Office: (248) 370-2030
Box Office: (248) 370-3013
Fax: (248) 370-2041


Arrive a student and leave a dancer when you join Oakland University’s Dance Program which is committed to innovative, high standard pre-professional training. We provide elite opportunities which prepare students for the transition from student to dance professional.

Students have the opportunity to apprentice and work alongside Michigan’s premiere dance company, the Eisenhower Dance, which is Oakland University’s resident professional company. And our two student dance companies, the Oakland Dance Theatre and the Oakland University Repertory Dance Company.

OU's dance program is one of only 75 university programs in the nation accredited by the National Association of Schools of Dance.
The Dance Program at Oakland University offers a Bachelor of Arts in Dance and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance. The dance program regularly hosts a variety of guest artists, and students have many opportunities to present their work, both on and off campus.

Students regularly participate in the American College Dance Festival and may perform with the two student dance companies – the Oakland Dance Theatre and Oakland University Repertory Dance Company. The Eisenhower Dance also is in residence at the university, and students have the opportunity to apprentice and perform with this professional company.

With concerts, classes and a vigorous enrichment program, graduates of OU’s dance program possess energy, enthusiasm and a top-notch education. They tap their creative and intellectual potential through interaction with faculty, guest artists and other students, and they graduate from the program prepared for a myriad of careers including performer, teacher or graduate student.

Bachelor of Fine Arts

The BFA degree in dance is geared to the student who wishes to concentrate on performance and choreography. The curriculum focuses on developing the necessary skill set for performance in contemporary dance and other dance styles as well as proficiency in choreography of both solo and group work. Through the course of study the BFA student will reach an achievement level in performance and choreography which would allow them to pursue careers in the professional dance world. The program will train the student to analyze, communicate and interpret information in relation to dance as history, technique in a variety of genres, somatic and kinesiological science, performance studies and repertory.

Bachelor of Arts in Dance

The BA degree in dance is geared to provide the student with a broad based curriculum specializing in dance but also providing more electives outside of dance than the BFA. The course of study will develop critical thinking skills, communication and the ability to interpret information both in the dance field and in other areas of interest. The degrees focuses the student on a liberal arts degree which can train the student to apply the skill set to broader fields of dance such as arts administration and/or the business of dance.

Minor in Dance

Students wishing to minor in dance must audition to be admitted into the program and complete a minimum of 20 credits in dance

Teaching Minor in Dance

The teaching minor in dance is for students who want to pursue K-12 certification. Students must complete a minimum of 29 dance credits.

Each academic degree program and minor requires students to audition to be admitted.