Dance Appreciation and Practice Minor

The Dance Appreciation and Practice minor gives students a foundation in dance history, choreography, kinesiology, and technique, preparing them for creative endeavors and increasing self-awareness and self-confidence.

While the College of Visual and Performing Arts offers dance classes only for students who have auditioned, this minor allows students to continue their engagement with dance while they pursue other areas of study.

Dancers work as performers, choreographers, and teachers. Plus, combining a dance minor with a variety of other majors can support creative interdisciplinary approaches to traditional careers. This program also provides:

  • A solid practical foundation for those working toward therapeutic settings such as physical therapy, counseling, or occupational therapy
  • Small classes with supportive faculty who help develop meaningful and sustained relationships and mentorship
  • An opportunity to maintain a high level of technical expertise while also broadening knowledge of dance composition, theory, and history

Minor Requirements

The Dance Appreciation and Practice minor requires 18 credits, including 3 required classes and electives based on interests and skill level. Classes include choreography, western dance, ballet, modern, kinesiology, wellness, and other forms of dance. Through Independent Study, students may deepen their exploration of pedagogy, somatics, or cultural dance forms. More information on academic requirements available in the Syracuse University Course Catalog.

Declaring a Minor

No audition is required for the Dance Appreciation and Practice minor. If you are interesting in declaring a minor, talk to your advisor in your home school or college to see if you have enough room for the courses, at least four semesters left at Syracuse to meet requirements, a minimum of a 2.8 GPA, and complete the Minor Declaration Form. If you have any questions, please contact the Office of Academic and Student Services or the minor program coordinator.


Suzanne Oliver