One of the top universities offering both conservatory dance instruction and liberal arts education, the SMU Meadows Division of Dance develops disciplined, versatile artists through professional training in ballet, modern and jazz. Undergraduates can earn a B.F.A. in Dance Performance or a minor in Dance Performance.
Coursework centers on ballet, modern and jazz, all three of which are required for all first-years and sophomores. During junior and senior years, students select the techniques they wish to concentrate on. 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 with considerable professional experience and accolades, and opportunities to learn from visiting masters such as Shen Wei, choreographer of the opening ceremonies of the Beijing Olympics; Adam Hougland, resident choreographer for the Cincinnati and Louisville ballets; and Michael Keegan-Dolan, Fabulous Beast co-founder and 2012-13 Meadows Prize winner.
Alumni currently are or have been employed by the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Ballet Hispanico, Dance Theatre of Harlem, Martha Graham Company, Paul Taylor Dance Company, Complexions and many more.
Interested double-majoring? SMU Meadows encourages it. Several of our Dance students enjoy double-majoring in areas such as physical therapy, engineering, journalism and more.
SMU’s location is a big plus for students serious about their art. Located only five miles from the largest arts district in the United States, SMU dancers have opportunities to perform with professional companies and productions.