Meadows’ Division of Dance is one of the top programs in the U.S. offering both conservatory dance instruction and liberal arts education.


In addition to technique training, students are immersed in theoretical studies that include dance history, kinesiology, music theory/history and choreography.


Students perform masterworks of the great choreographers of the 20th century, including Balanchine, Graham, Humphrey, Limón and Sokolow, as well as works by contemporary masters such as Taylor, Parsons, Battle, Pilobolus and more.


Student choreography is a major component of the student experience, guided by expert faculty and opportunities to learn from visiting masters such as Bruce Wood (pictured).

Composition Classes

Please note that not all courses are offered every semester. This listing is not considered authoritative. Please visit Access.SMU for authoritative course offerings including meeting times, professor, and more.

DANC 3341: Dance Composition I
Introduction to the fundamental elements of dance composition, including Laban based movement vocabulary, dynamics, motivation, gesture, spatial concepts, elementary phrasing, abstraction and motif writing. Students participate in solo and small group studies with an emphasis on improvisation. Course includes visit to the Dallas Museum of Art. Required for the B.F.A. in dance performance. Prerequisite: DANC 1242.

DANC 2242: Dance Composition II
Generation of solo movement through improvisation, recognizing spontaneous structures, and working with stage space, groups and inspiration from other media, including music. Required. Prerequisites: DANC 2241 and 2361 or instructor approval.

DANC 3243: Dance Composition III
Exploration of elements of choreographic form with emphasis on sequencing, balance, phrasing, transition, choreographic device and compositional structure. Introduction to Life Forms(TM) computer software for choreography. Utilization of videotape for self-analysis and critique. Opportunity for visits to the Meadows Museum for the study of form. Required. Prerequisite: DANC 2242.

DANC 3244: Dance Composition IV
Synthesis, application and elaboration of previously introduced choreographic principles and concepts. Exploration of ethical issues and social responsibilities of the choreographer. Emphasis placed on collaborative, multidisciplinary, and community service projects. Areas for collaboration may include music, visual arts, video, spoken and written text, elements of design, and emergent technology. Required. Prerequisite: DANC 3243.

Areas of Study



Art History

Arts Management and Arts Entrepreneurship

Communication Studies

Creative Computation


Undergraduate Studies



Open Dance Classes

Performance Technique Classes

Advanced Performance Technique Classes

Ensemble Performance Classes

Composition Classes

Theoretical Studies Classes

Applied Studies Classes


Faculty and Staff


Visiting Artists

Film and Media Arts