Dance (Minor)

Dance (Minor)
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What is dance?

Studying dance as a minor within the theatre degree program at UNH opens your options for pursuing a career in dance or a related field. You’ll take classes in the history of dance, dance composition, choreography and performance, learning techniques in jazz, ballet, tap and even aerial dance. Combine this minor with any major at UNH to enhance your career opportunities in areas such as theatre, education and music.

Why study dance at UNH?

In addition to our award-winning faculty, the UNH Department of Theatre and Dance offers more than 25 performance opportunities every year in musicals, plays and dance concerts. As a student in the dance minor, you’ll be encouraged to audition for these performances. Our Cultural Stages program also brings acclaimed playwrights, choreographers and other theatre artists from around the world to campus.

Potential career areas

  • Acting
  • Artistic direction
  • Arts organizations
  • Choreography
  • Dance fitness
  • Dance teaching
  • Education
  • Professional dance

Administrative Manager, Theatre & Dance
Phone: (603) 862-3038
Office: Theatre & Dance, Paul Creative Arts Center Rm D22AB, Durham, NH 03824

Curriculum & Requirements

Students minoring in dance keep open the option of pursuing a career in dance by cultivating and maintaining a high level of dance skill while still having the opportunity to major in another area of interest outside the Department of Theatre and Dance. Minors are encouraged to audition for all performance opportunities including faculty-directed dance concerts as well as student-created dance showcases.

Contact Michael Wood, (603) 862-3038,

Students who major in theatre or one of its theatre options may minor in dance provided no more than 8 credits are used to satisfy both major and minor requirements.

Select up to 16 credits from the following:16
THDA 462
Ballet I
THDA 562
Ballet II
THDA 662
Ballet III
THDA 463
Theatre Dance I
THDA 563
Theatre Dance II
THDA 663
Theatre Dance III
THDA 665
Aerial DanceII
THDA 576
Select at least 4 credits from the following: 14
THDA 633
Dance Composition
THDA 564
THDA 732
THDA 786
Dance Pedagogy
Total Credits20

Courses in this section are taught on a rotational basis and are not offered every semester. Students are encouraged to fulfill this requirement by the end of their Junior year. Course substitutions in this section are not permitted.


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