The Minor in Dance offers a unique opportunity for students to study dance and its practical applications. The minor consists of technique-based courses designed to provide a wide variety of skills in conjunction with practical leadership within the discipline. The Minor in Dance prepares students for careers that are directly related to dance while affording opportunities to expand creative, collaborative and interpersonal communication skills that will prove useful in many professional areas.


Program Requirements

The Dance Minor is open to any student enrolled at Michigan State University!  preference for admittance into the dance classes will be given to students who declare their Dance Minor officially.

To complete the minor, students must complete 16 credit hours of courses in Dance.  12 credit hours will be earned in a variety of Dance Technique classes.  These classes are offered in a variety of dance styles and need not be taken in any specific order.  Dance Technique I, II, III, and IV can be repeated as desired.  4 additional credit hours will be earned in a Choreography class and a Dance Practicum.  Please visit the Class Search in for the current course offerings.

Examples of class styles that have been offered in the past four years:

Ballet, Modern, Contemporary, Jazz, Tap, Hip Hop, Musical Theatre Styles, Commercial, Jazz Funk, Social Dance (History and Contemporary Reflections) and more!

Dance Technique classes (select 12 credit hours from the list below. Courses can be repeated):
DAN 251 – Introduction to Dance (2 credit hours)
DAN 351 – Dance Technique I (2 credit hours)
DAN 352 – Dance Technique II (2 credit hours)
DAN 451 – Dance Technique III (3 credit hours)
DAN 452 – Dance Technique IV (3 credit hours)

Required Dance Classes
DAN 300 – Dance Practicum (1 credit hour)
DAN 354 – Dance Choreography (3 credit hours)

Contact Brad Willcuts at with questions about dance opportunities and course content.
Contact Amy Lampe at to add the Dance minor and for enrollment assistance.

This video was created by CLI Studios in L.A. using footage taken by Professor Brad Willcuts from his Contemporary Dance Class in IMC 34. CLI Studios developed their new streaming instruction class based on what they learned from our trial class of Spring ’16. It can also be viewed on the CLI Studios website.


For an appointment to set up the Minor in Theatre, please contact:

Amy Lampe
542 Auditorium Rd
Department of Theatre
East Lansing, MI 48824
(517) 355-6691 or
To make an appointment, go to