About this Program

The Old Dominion University Dance Program engages students in a dynamic and transformative process of dance training, fostering curiosity, imagination, versatility and innovation. Through interdisciplinary learning, scholarly research and engagement with local and global communities, students experience dance on many levels helping them to think critically and live creatively as dance artists.

Program Highlights

  • Students have many opportunities to perform and choreograph in multiple venues and concerts throughout their academic careers.

  • Students thrive in an academic and social community within a program that is supportive and encouraging of diversity and innovation.

  • Students interact with resident guest artists at least twice a year affording them the chance to experience art in the making, and to network and form lasting bonds with dance professionals.

  • Learn more on our Dance Student Resources page.

Degree Level
Degree Earned
Bachelor of Arts
Delivery Modes


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$52,970 Median Salary

Create new dance routines. Rehearse performance of routines. May direct and stage presentations.

Managers, All Other

$113,180 Median Salary

All managers not listed separately.

Talent Directors

$90,770 Median Salary

Audition and interview performers to select most appropriate talent for parts in stage, television, radio, or motion picture productions.


$64,220 Median Salary

Research, analyze, record, and interpret the past as recorded in sources, such as government and institutional records, newspapers and other periodicals, photographs, interviews, films, electronic media, and unpublished manuscripts, such as personal diaries and letters.

Alumni Careers

Virginia Opera
Chicago Dance Crash
Governor’s School for the Arts
TR Dance Virginia Ballet Theater
Old Donation Center for the Gifted and Talented


What are the requirements to apply for Dance at ODU?
Students entering the Bachelor of Arts program in Dance should meet the minimum university admission requirements Undergraduate Admission.
    • In-person auditions will be held on January 29, 2022. Everyone who auditions in-person will be considered for dance scholarships.   Online auditions received by March 1, 2022 will be considered for dance scholarships.   
    • High school students attending the program auditions will be considered for a scholarship to the ODU Summer Dance Intensive taking place in June 2022.
    • To complete your application and/or upload media, click here.
    • To arrange a tour or for more information, contact Megan Thompson at mmthomps@odu.edu


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Estimated rates for the 2023-24 academic year. Rates are subject to change. Anyone that is not a current Virginia resident will be charged non-resident rates. That includes international students.

Active Duty Military Rate
Cost Per-Credit $250
Virginia Resident
Cost Per-Credit $393
Technology Delivered Courses Outside Virginia and/or the United States
Cost Per-Credit $407
Cost Per-Credit $1,073

Ways to Save

Here are a few ways for you to save on the cost of attending ODU. For more information visit University Student Financial aid


A limited number of students may qualify each year for scholarships from ODU’s M&S program. Through generous donations to the Dance Program, six scholarships ranging from $750.00 to $4500.00 are awarded each year to deserving dance majors. To be eligible for a scholarship through the dance program, a student must be a declared dance major and must exhibit exceptional commitment, talent and a positive attitude. Additional scholarships are available through the Office of Financial Aid.


Assistant Professor

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