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Dance at Stephens

At Stephens, students studying Dance receive professional, individualized training in ballet, modern and choreography, as well as dances from around the world, as part of a Performing Arts school with a long history of creativity and student accomplishment. Stephens College offers a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance.  

Program Highlights

  • Start your dance career earlier with Stephens’ three-year, two-summer B.F.A. program.
  • Perform work choreographed by resident faculty and guest artists during spring and summer Stephens College Dance Company productions, or explore your own choreography
  • Learn practical strategies needed to succeed as a professional in the world of dance.
  • Present your own choreographed works at the Senior Dance Concert and the New Works Dance Concert.
  • Participate in Stephens Summer Dance, an intensive six-week workshop where you’ll work with professional faculty and conclude with a fully produced public performance.
  • Learn from internationally known guest artists.

Admissions Process 

Students are required to audition for entrance into the Stephens College B.F.A. in Dance program.

We have two auditions scheduled: 

  • Saturday, December 3, 2016
  • Saturday, March 18, 2017

You are also welcome to make arrangements to take a regularly scheduled dance class as your official audition.

Contact the Office of Admissions at [email protected] or (573) 876-7207 to schedule your audition and request your audition packet.  You will also need to apply to Stephens College. To connect with Dance faculty, contact Elizabeth Hartwell at [email protected], Dance Program Coordinator and Artistic Director of 2017 Stephens Summer Dance.

Both the fall and spring auditions will be held in the Hickman Hall dance studio, room #310 from 1-3 p.m.

News and Videos 

Dance Program News


Dance is part of the School of Performing Arts. Programs in this school include Dance, Music: Vocal Performance (formerly Vocal Arts), Musical Theatre, Theatre Arts, Theatrical Costume Design and Theatre Management. The Professional Conservatory Training Program offers training in dance for both women and men.


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