The Division of Dance at Texas Woman’s University is dedicated to your development as an independent and proactive artist, scholar and leader. Our goal is to guide you in the discovery of your creative voice by providing uniquely challenging academic and performance opportunities at the bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral level.

As a nationally accredited and internationally renowned dance program, we provide a diverse community of students, including many first-generation students, the chance to pursue their dreams of a career in dance performance, education or another related field. TWU’s Division of Dance believes that every body can dance, and everybody can pursue a college degree.

Our mission is to educate a diverse body of students in an inclusive community through skill-based practices and creative research endeavors at the bachelors, masters and doctoral levels and to prepare dancers for fulfilling careers as global citizens, artist scholars and leaders in a variety of settings.

TWU is an accredited member of the National Association of Schools of Dance (NASD).

Degree programs

Why study Dance at TWU?

Our accomplished faculty are invested in your success as a student.

The TWU Division of Dance faculty are critically acclaimed professionals and widely published experts in the field of dance. Our faculty are devoted first and foremost to their role as mentors, committed to helping students like you navigate the ever-changing landscapes of contemporary dance and university life.

Our competitive degree programs will help you excel as a professional.

We have been recognized as one of the best dance colleges in Texas for providing an outstanding educational experience at the undergraduate and graduate level. Our curriculum is designed to prepare you with a broad foundation of skills and knowledge that can be applied in a variety of professional settings. Also, with flexible study options like our low-residency format for doctoral students, our programs are particularly well-suited to those interested in earning a degree while maintaining a full-time career.

Our unparalleled performance opportunities will allow you to grow as an artist.

Texas Woman’s University is home to one of the most contemporary, progressive dance programs in the country. See for yourself:

Performance clips


Career outlook

Our alumni pursue engaging careers in education, arts administration, research, community outreach, dance therapy, performance and choreography. A degree in dance also lends itself to graduate studies and interdisciplinary career paths in a variety of non-traditional fields, including:

  • Anthropology
  • Business administration
  • Communications
  • Education Administration and Recruitment
  • Leadership Development
  • Management
  • Marketing
  • Kinesiology
  • Physical Therapy
  • Sociology
Carissa Laitinen-Kniss in studio

TWU offers a rigorous dance program, but it involves much more than producing people who can grace a stage. The program also teaches students everything that happens behind the scenes, along with enduring life lessons about taking advantage of opportunities, putting yourself out there and embracing risks to get ahead.

Carissa Laitinen-Kniss (BFA '03), co-owner of Twisted Bodies Pilates and Yoga
A group of 8 students sit with arms raised, throwing their heads back
Photo by Jesse Scroggins.

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