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    So, you think you can dance? A dance major goes beyond formal dance training to take a close look at dance history, dance theory, and human movement. You’ll spend lots of hours in the studio practicing forms such as ballet, modern, jazz, and ethnic dance, but you’ll also learn what happens behind the scenes of a performance. You’ll also learn how to stay healthy in this physically demanding discipline through proper nutrition, injury prevention, and positive body image. Classes include choreography, dance education, dance history, theory, and technical production.

    Students with a bachelors of arts in dance may pursue a career as a dancer or choreographer, and some continue their studies with a master’s of fine arts. About one-third of professional dancers work in performing art companies, and about 60 percent of choreographers work in private instruction. Some dancers end up in entertainment, like television, film, casinos, and cruises. However, performance may not be the only career path. Most students find satisfying work as dance educators; others land in the business in administrative roles for the arts.

    • Columbia University in the City of New York

      Columbia University in the City of New York Save

      West 116 St and Broadway, New York, NY 10027
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      Founded in 1754 as Kings College, Columbia needed a new name when students like Alexander Hamilton won the American Revolution. Benefitting from the Manhattan Renaissance of the past 20 years, Columbia now has single-digit selectivity. Its long commitment to the ... learn more

      Heavy Focus on Undergraduate Arts and Science, Research University, Focus on Undergraduate Professions
    • Washington University in St Louis

      Washington University in St Louis Save

      One Brookings Drive, Saint Louis, MO 63130
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      Using Archer Daniels Midland money to offer generous scholarships to National Merit Scholars starting in the early years of rankings 30 years ago, "Wash U"-as most call it—has attracted legions of students who have either fallen just short of the ... learn more

      Heavy Focus on Undergraduate Arts and Science, Research University, Focus on Undergraduate Professions
    • Pomona College

      Pomona College Save

      550 N College Ave, Claremont, CA 91711
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      The most selective of California's Claremont Colleges, Pomona deserves its place amid the top liberal arts colleges in the nation; however, it does have distinct differences from the others in the top handful. Not as intensely competitive in intercollegiate athletics ... learn more

      Heavy Focus on Undergraduate Arts and Science, Liberal Arts College, Offers Baccalaureate Degrees
    • Northwestern University

      Northwestern University Save

      633 Clark St, Evanston, IL 60208
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      Just north of Chicago on the shore of Lake Michigan—in fact built in part on land reclaimed from the water—Northwestern is to the Big 10 what Vanderbilt is to the SEC: the private university for the best students in the ... learn more

      Heavy Focus on Undergraduate Arts and Science, Research University, Focus on Undergraduate Professions
    • Duke University

      Duke University Save

      103 Allen Bldg, Durham, NC 27708
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      Duke is to the East Coast what Stanford is to the West: an elite academic institution that somehow also competes at the highest level in athletics. Stanford certainly has the edge in Olympic athletes, but Duke has Coach K, a ... learn more

      Heavy Focus on Undergraduate Arts and Science, Research University, Religiously affiliated, Focus on Undergraduate Professions
    • Harvey Mudd College

      Harvey Mudd College Save

      301 Platt Blvd., Claremont, CA 91711
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      With such a name and a founding mission to integrate math, science and engineering with the open-ended inquiry valued in a liberal arts education, Harvey Mudd College is indeed unique. Situated a short skateboard ride from Claremont McKenna, Pitzer, Pomona ... learn more

      Heavy Focus on Undergraduate Arts and Science, Focus on Undergraduate Professions, Liberal Arts College, Offers Baccalaureate Degrees
    • Cornell University

      Cornell University Save

      300 Day Hall, Ithaca, NY 14853
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      Cornell University, a private, land-grant research university in the Ivy League, is located in the Finger Lakes region of New York. It boasts seven undergraduate colleges (not to mention campuses in New York City and Qatar and facilities in New ... learn more

      Focus on Undergraduate Professions, Research University, Focus on Undergraduate Arts and Science, Land Grant
    • Swarthmore College

      Swarthmore College Save

      500 College Ave, Swarthmore, PA 19081
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      Quaker in heritage, suburban in setting, and serious about ideas, Swarthmore is a great liberal arts college for those truly interested in the life of the mind—engineers included. A 425-acre independently run arboretum frames the lovely campus, and white Adirondack ... learn more

      Heavy Focus on Undergraduate Arts and Science, Liberal Arts College, Offers Baccalaureate Degrees
    • University of California-Berkeley

      University of California-Berkeley Save

      200 California Hall, Berkeley, CA 94720
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      The University of California was once the envy of all interested in low-cost, high-quality public higher education. The reputation of Berkeley may have reached its zenith before the Vietnam-era campus protests that associated "Berzerkley" with nearby "People's Park," and the ... learn more

      Heavy Focus on Undergraduate Arts and Science, Research University, Land Grant
    • Middlebury College

      Middlebury College Save

      Old Chapel, Middlebury, VT 05753
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      On a stunning western Vermont campus that is like Williams in rural setting and Conn College in architectural stone, Middlebury is a great college for the smart, outdoorsy, and linguistically talented. Never an easy place to gain admission, Middlebury has ... learn more

      Heavy Focus on Undergraduate Arts and Science, Liberal Arts College, Offers Baccalaureate Degrees
    • Emory University

      Emory University Save

      1390 Oxford Road NE, Atlanta, GA 30322
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      Flush with Coca Cola money in the 80's, Emory (with Wash U) led the way in offering large scholarships to National Merit Scholars, thereby raising its profile—at least in rankings based upon standardized tests. On an attractive campus in a ... learn more

      Heavy Focus on Undergraduate Arts and Science, Research University, Religiously affiliated, Focus on Undergraduate Professions
    • Carleton College

      Carleton College Save

      One North College Street, Northfield, MN 55057
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      "The 1,900 or so students at Carleton College tell us their little liberal arts school in a small, snowy, mostly uneventful Minnesota town has very few negative attributes. They say Carleton "has the integrity, drive, and pride of any great ... learn more

      Heavy Focus on Undergraduate Arts and Science, Liberal Arts College, Offers Baccalaureate Degrees

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