Frequently Asked Questions

How is a dance science degree different and similar to a traditional degree in dance?

The dance science degree is similar in the aspect of performance and rehearsal where students are performing consistently throughout the year. Students also learn choreography, dance history, and dance production much like a traditional performance-based program. It differs in the focus on the sciences and the anatomical and biomechanical aspects of the human body and how it relates and influences dance technique. In addition to producing a senior concert, similar to a traditional dance major, students also conduct, gather and analyze data and present their findings in a final research project.

What is a dance scientist?

Dance Scientists are professionals who are employed by dance companies and dance training facilities throughout the world to devise effective training programs as well as advise dancers regarding nutrition and injury prevention/care. Dance Scientists also become researchers, dance therapists and better-informed dancers and teachers.

What do I do with this degree?

A Dance Science degree can provide many outlets upon graduation. Most of our students choose to pursue graduate, physical therapy, or occupational therapy school. Many students have also gotten accredited to teach dance at a public school or at a company/studio. Some of our students have also pursued a professional dance career. No matter which path you choose, you’ll have the ability and knowledge to keep dancing in a safe way and help other dancers take care of their bodies to extend their career. 

What type of student is attracted to this program?

Students enrolled in the BS in Kinesiology: Dance Science program are inquisitive about how the body functions and how it affects their dance technique.

Do I need to know if I am accepted into TAMU before I audition?

No, you do not need to know if you have been accepted into the university before you are allowed to audition.  However, you need to be accepted into the dance program and the university before you begin classes. 

What is the audition like?

The audition is like an abbreviated ballet and modern class. The ballet portion includes a barre and a few combinations in the center. The modern portion includes a few center combinations. There is a break after the morning audition where dancers will find out if they are asked to come back for the afternoon callbacks. This is just an opportunity for the dance faculty to get a second look at people who they may have missed in the larger morning class; it is not an indicator of acceptance/denial into the program. There is also a chance that dancers will be asked to come in for an interview with the faculty, again it is not an indicator of acceptance/denial into the program, it is merely a chance for the faculty to get a closer look at someone they think they need to see again.

Generally, how many students do you accept each year?

The freshman/first-year class is usually around 20-25 people.

Is it possible to double major?

Yes! Multiple students in the program pursue an additional degree. Most programs at TAMU allow for its students to receive the education they are interested in. The Mays Business school does not allow its students to double major, however. In the past, students have double majored in areas such as education, mathematics, and psychology. Many more students pursue a minor in another field of study.

What kind of dance do we study?

The TAMU Dance Program focuses on ballet and modern dance. We try to bring in guest artists each year to provide our students with different dance genres.

Is there a dress code for classes?
  • Attire for Ballet Classes:
    • The body must be clearly visible in order for the instructor to make evaluations and give feedback.  
    • Female Identified – leotard, pink, or skin-tone footed tights which must be worn under your leotard and inside your ballet shoes; pink/skin-tone ballet shoes with sewn elastic and drawstrings cut and tucked inside the shoe.
    • Male Identified – black footed tights worn inside your ballet shoes, solid-colored tight-fitting t-shirt or leotard, dance belt; black ballet shoes
    • Non-binary Identified – choice of either selection above or a combination of any of the above
    • Long hair must be pulled back and attached to your head securely so you do not need to adjust it during class. Short hair should be pulled back with a headband and/or clips to clear the neck and face.
    • No undergarments (except sports bras) should be showing through your leotard and/or tights
    • No ballet skirts or other clothing to be worn over leotards without approval. Warm-up clothing must be fitted to the body.
    • No dangling jewelry, hats, or chewing gum in class.
  • Attire for Modern, Pilates/Wellness and Improvisation classes:
    • Bare feet – no lyrical or other dance shoes, black footless tights, leotard or solid colored tight-fitting t-shirt/tank top, hair secured back
    • No undergarments (except sports bras) should be showing through your leotard and/or tights
    • No dangling jewelry, hats, or chewing gum in class.
Is there pointe offered?

Occasionally, a one-credit hour KINE 199 course in pointe is offered. Additionally, students are allowed to wear pointe shoes during their ballet classes (as per recommendation by the professor).

Outside of classes, what is the time commitment?

In addition to classes, students have the opportunity to participate in faculty, student, and guest rehearsals. These are great for getting more experience and for performance opportunities. Shows such as the Brazos Contemporary Dance Festival, Senior Concerts, Perpetual Motion, and Student Choreography Shows are all extra time commitments but very rewarding experiences to participate in. Additionally, students will be responsible for completing portfolio hours in dance research, production, and Pilates. Each type of hour must be completed outside of the class time.

How many performances happen each year?

There are 5 annual concert series presented by the dance program. In addition to these annual shows, for many years the program presents other concerts to provide our students with the most opportunity to perform and experience as well as bring art to the Brazos Valley.

Do you have a guest artist program?

Yes. The TAMU Dance Program is lucky enough to receive grants from the Academy of Visual and Performing Arts to be able to bring in guests in many areas of dance. In the past, we have brought in dance therapists, dance scientists, choreographers, company owners, physical therapists, dance injury specialists, and many more. 

Do you have any affiliations with student organizations?

The dance program does not have any direct affiliation with student organizations. However, many students within the program choose to become a part of these student organizations on top of their curriculum and rehearsal schedule with the dance program. 

These organizations include: Aggie Dance Team, Dance Arts Society, Delta Eta Pi Dance Honor Society, Fade to Black, etc