Prospective Students

Being a student in two different departments at Emory has been one of the brightest highlights of my college experience. I’ve found that this is a university that encourages students to explore everything they’re interested in (32% of students here double major), and balancing two majors has been surprisingly manageable for me. If you’re unsure about majoring/minoring in dance, or worried about balancing your interests and time, you’re exactly where I was when I entered my first year! My best advice is to join a dance organization on campus and/or enroll in at least one dance class and be open to the possibilities of this department in your college experience.
Maria McNiece 20B, dance and business double major

Two women in dance poses

Dear Dance Prospective,

Thank you for your interest in Emory University’s Dance and Movement Studies Program. The Emory Dance Program offers a well-rounded course of dance study within the larger context of a liberal arts education, culminating in a bachelor of arts (BA) degree.

We are based in contemporary modern dance, emphasizing improvisation, choreography, and performance because we value individualism. Technical training in contemporary, classical, and cultural dance forms balance with somatic practices in order to build a relationship between the mind and the body.  Students also take courses in dance theory and criticism, movement analysis, pedagogy, stage and lighting design, contemporary issues, and history. The dance faculty create an environment where students feel empowered to move authentically, investigate movement, and deepen their practice. 

  • Students have the option to major or minor in dance, and are welcome to take dance classes independently of a degree program. Learn more about some of our majors here!
  • Most of our majors are double majors! To read about one of our current students who is majoring in both dance and chemistry, click here.
  • Students in all of the technique classes have an opportunity to audition for the Emory Dance Company.
  • Dance majors and minors are also eligible to applyfor the Sally A. Radell Friends of Dance Scholarship, which supports study at summer dance programs. 
  • Emory Dance students benefit from a variety of internships with Atlanta arts organizations and presenters.  There are internships with Moving in the Spirit, a youth development program, the Atlanta Ballet, CORE Performance Company, and Full Radius Dance.
  • Master classes with local, national, and international artists are a regular feature of our program.
  • Emory has over fifteen student-run dance groups that perform in a variety of styles, including hip-hop, Indian classical dance, African dance, and fusion dance forms, among others. Check out this list for all of the dance groups on campus.

If you plan to apply to Emory and are interested in the Dance Program, make plans to visit the studios and theater, take a technique class or sit in onanother type of dance course, and meet with a faculty member. During your visit, you will also have an opportunity to speak with current dance students. Please fill out our visit form at least two weeks in advance of your visit. If you have questions about our program, or about scheduling a visit, please contact our program coordinator, Anne Walker, at or 404-727-7266.

Your journey in college can be full of creativity, collaborations, critical thinking, and self-discovery.Let Emory Dance, a community of artists, cultivate your passion for moving.

Lori C. Teague, Director of Emory Dance