Dance Education (BA with Teaching Certification)

Investigate. Generate. Articulate. DANCE.

Dance Studies (BA)

Dance Education (BA with Teaching Certification)

The Dance Program at Columbia College is a creatively rigorous community that encourages the student to investigate, generate, and articulate her unique artistry through dance. With a comprehensive, progressive study in the dance discipline, the student will gain the experience necessary to become a leader in her chosen professional field, enriching the human experience through performance and choreography, dance education, and arts advocacy.

Majors in Dance and Dance Education

Degree programs in dance seek to prepare students for careers in the performance, education, advocacy, and administration of dance as a fine art. Students may choose from the Bachelor of Arts in Dance Education to certify as a teacher of dance in the Pre-K — 12 school setting or the Bachelor of Arts in Dance Studies non-certification degree program.

The curriculum is firmly rooted in the technical study of contemporary dance and other diverse forms. Classes are offered on multiple levels based on technical proficiency in contemporary dance with classes specified for majors meeting daily. The training and opportunities provided through the Columbia College Dance Company (CCDC) and Leadership Semester experiences enable students to develop the knowledge and dispositions necessary to engage others through dance.


It is the philosophy of the Dance Program that any student who wishes to attempt a Bachelor of Arts in Dance should have that option. An audition is not required in order for a student to declare the dance major. All dance degree candidates must, however, meet the coursework and technical proficiency standards in order to graduate. Students are evaluated at various points as to their progress in the dance degree.

Students who wish to pursue the Bachelor of Arts in Dance Education with Teaching Certification must meet the requirements for admission to the Education program as outlined in the Teacher Education Handbook.

The Dance Program also requires students to participate in an audition process for scholarships. See Dance Scholarships and Honors.

The following policies are in place for the Columbia College Dance Program’s Admissions and Advisement:

  • The first year of study at the College will serve as a probationary period during which time the student’s talents, work habits, interests, and potential are evaluated.
  • During the sophomore year, the dance major will be evaluated via a comprehensive Mid-point Profile Process. Successful completion of the MPP serves as the formal acceptance into the major.
  • Every Dance Major has a permanent file housed within the Arts and Communication Studies Administrative office in Spears 138 with access gained only through the Dance Program Coordinator. Included is current health and release forms, Entry-level technique profiles and subsequent assessments, CCDC profiles and forms, Mid Point Profile data, scheduling and advisement notes, and additional information important to the progress as a dance student. The student is expected to revisit these folders throughout her tenure as a dance major.
  • Every semester, the dance major will meet with her adviser for a one-on-one appointment during the weeks designated for course planning. She will receive a complete college course schedule and all pre-registration information from the Office of the Registrar. The semester course planning sessions serve as a formal opportunity to discuss any concerns the student may have and/or any concerns the department may have regarding the student’s progress technically, creatively, and academically.
  • All official records are kept in the Office of the Registrar. These include courses taken and grades awarded.
  • Students who are not dance majors may enroll in the Columbia College Dance Company (CCDC) courses; however, they must also meet the co-requisite requirements as stated in the current Columbia College Bulletin. Students who do not participate in CCDC as choreographers or performers will be expected to assume other production roles as assigned in order to meet the course requirements.
  • The determination of level for each dance major is made by the appropriate dance faculty member(s) and communicated during advisement each semester.

Columbia College  is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Dance (NASD).

Dance News

Crystal U. Davis is the new Assistant Professor of Dance at Columbia College. Born and raised in North Carolina, her work has been renowned by an eclectic community of adjudicators and audiences from Donald McKayle to Peggy Hackney to the royal family of Jodhpur, India. Ms. Davis earned her B.A. in Religious Studies with a minor in Dance from Emory University, her M.F.A. in Dance from Texas Woman’s University, her Masters in Performance Studies from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and her Laban-Bartenieff Movement Analysis certification from Integrated Movement Studies. As a performer her work spans an array of genres from Modern Dance companies including Notes in Motion to East Indian dance companies including Nayikas Dance Theater Company to her own Post-Modern choreography at the Philadelphia Fringe Festival. She has performed both her Post-Modern works and classical and folk forms of India and Africa across the country and abroad. Among the awards Ms. Davis has received are the Emory University Pioneer Award in Dance, the Texas Woman’s University Outstanding Service Award and the Kitty McGee Honor Award for Outstanding Achievement.

As an independent artist, Ms. Davis founded a movement consulting company called Movement Artistry Project (M.A.P.) where she has worked in a variety of educational settings as a teacher, performer and educational consultant. She has contributed her expertise in dance and somatic movement education to the Lincoln Center Institute, the board of the International Somatic Movement Education and Therapy Association, the National Association of Independent Schools and the National Dance Education Organization. Her academic research focuses on the relationship between belief systems and movement. Her creative work centers around the incongruities present between our daily behaviors and belief systems.

“I’m honored to join the Columbia College community. It will be exciting to watch the growth of each student as they develop into future leaders in our world,” Davis said.