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The dance program at LMU is committed to the application of rigorous curriculum and excellent physical training; ongoing authentic personal reflection; and thoughtful, critical analysis of aesthetic, scientific, historic, cultural, and pedagogical issues as they relate to dance and movement studies.

The dance program is committed to the power found in celebration, imagination, joy, and practiced discernment. Dancing educates and enlivens the body, and movement experience, which is designed to purposefully integrate the physical act of dancing with the working of the mind and the flow of life energy and spirit, truly educates the whole person. Through studying dance as art and dance as cultural and personal experience, the life of a human being can be lived with integrity and vitality.

LMU Dance Strives for Responsible Aspiration

Studying dance provides skills in:

  • Creative Thinking
  • Collaborative Problem Solving
  • Critical Analysis
  • Mind/Body Wellness
  • Self-Discipline
  • Self-Promotion and Self-Confidence
  • Empathy and Embodiment

Alumni have gone on to careers in

  • Stage performance
  • Screen performance/commercial dance
  • Broadway shows
  • Teaching dance in K-12 education and private studios
  • Teaching dance in higher education
  • Choreography and Creative Direction
  • Careers in Non-Dance Fields such as Law, Medicine, Marketing, Business, and Film

Alumni Reflections

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Mathew James '12

“LMU Dance produces bright, talented, and skillful dancers while offering life-changing opportunities to grow, learn, and connect to other artists, educators, and professionals.”
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Marjani Forte '04

“I continuously marvel at the blessing of having attended an institution with such amazing resources, accessible and dedicated professors, and an inspiring alumni network. It was this campus that ignited my activism, my leadership, and my quest for knowledge. Thanks LMU!”