School of Theatre & Dance
Dance at USF

About Dance at USF

The University of South Florida Dance Program's goal is to prepare and inspire students for a life in dance. A conservatory-based program within a liberal arts environment, we are focused on rigorous training in both ballet and modern technique. We are committed to the creation and production of original contemporary choreographic works by students, faculty and guest artists. The Dance Program is housed in its own state-of-the-art Dance Centre on a large liberal arts campus. USF is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Dance (NASD).


Students must apply for admission and be accepted to the University of South Florida before they can be accepted as a Dance Major in the School of Theatre and Dance. Additionally, all prospective Dance Majors and Dance Minors must audition during the year prior to their first semester to be accepted into the Dance Program.

The faculty in the Dance Program place great value on each student’s individual potential in dance as well as in academic success. Admission to the University of South Florida is becoming even more competitive! Please submit your application to the University as soon as possible. Acceptance as a USF Dance Major is contingent upon both the acceptance by the University of South Florida and by the Dance Department through the audition process

Financial Aid

In addition to the possibilities of USF Financial Aid, DanceUSF offers several scholarship opportunities to students who are enrolled as Dance Majors in the School of Theatre and Dance. All DanceUSF scholarships are chosen by the Dance Faculty one semester prior to the awarding date.

Special Programs

Endowment support for programming and scholarship is made available through the Holloway Endowed Chair Fund and the rotating Macy's Distinguished Guest Artist Fund. Recent guest artists include: Bill T. Jones, Doug Varone, Trisha Brown, Jennifer Archibald, and Ronald K. Brown.

The Dance Program at the University of South Florida offers one of the most exciting study abroad opportunities available to university-age dance majors through its two USF Dance in Paris Programs. Both the Semester and Summer courses of study are one-of-a-kind opportunities for serious dancers to take classes, see performances, live in and experience one of the world’s greatest cities from the point of view of a dancer.

Students are also given the opportunity to travel and perform abroad in countries such as Mexico, Tunisia and Italy through the international research members of the DanceUSF Faculty.


There is a rich and vibrant student life on USF's Tampa Campus. Students are able to benefit from being a part of large university setting while also working closely with fellow dancers in a small supportive community of about 80 majors. Dance majors are actively involved in DanceUSF's student organizations: USF Dance Education Organization Chapter and the Student Dance Production Board which provides choreographic, performance and production experiences for any level student.


DanceUSF works to keep the connection going – between the Dance program and former students, and former students with each other. Participation and support is most welcomed after graduation!
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