Entering freshmen should have a basic knowledge of dance and music as art forms, as well as technical training in dance. Transfer students must meet any deficiencies in lower division dance course work by proficiency examination or by completion of the core course at the first opportunity.
Visit the undergraduate dance degree requirements webpage.
Placement of Majors and Minors
Students are placed in levels of modern and ballet technique according to skill. Each term students are reviewed to ensure that they are in the most advantageous level for their abilities. Dance majors are expected to take a modern and ballet course every term.
Placement classes are held the week before fall term classes begin, and during spring term. Faculty adjudicators observe and place students according to each student's knowledge and skill level.
Incoming freshmen planning to attend IntroDUCKtion in July should attend the spring term placement class. Incoming students who register in the fall should attend the placement class during Week of Welcome. Students who want to enter professional level (DAN prefix) technique courses winter or spring terms should request a placement decision. More information is available from faculty members. Email the department office for dates of placement classes.
Honor Society and Scholarships
Pi Delta, the University of Oregon's chapter of Phi Beta, is a professional fraternity for the creative and performing arts. The Department of Dance awards yearly Lotta Carll scholarships to talented student performers and choreographers. Lotta Carll was a founding member of the Phi Beta patrons, an active alumni group that meets regularly. Recipients of the Lotta Carll scholarships are required to perform a short piece at the annual meeting of the Phi Beta members.
Dr. Kenneth Singer and Georgianne Teller Singer have endowed the Georgianne Teller Singer Dean's Fellowship in Dance, an annual award to one or more outstanding graduate students.