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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

About Dance

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Dear Prospective MSU Dance Student:

We are thrilled about your interest in the growing Minnesota State University, Mankato, Dance Program. As a dance major, our program offers students different degree programs that are grounded in a liberal arts education. Students receive a comprehensive education that prepares them for a lifetime in dance such as: teaching, performing, private studio ownership, choreographing, dance therapy, arts administration, dance writing and related fields. 

The Minnesota State Mankato Dance Program offers 6 different major degree programs:  1) a BFA in Dance; 2) a BA; 3) a BS in Dance {Generalist Track}; BS in Dance {Pre-Professional Dance Therapy}; BS in Dance {Private Studio Teaching}; or, 4) a BS in K-12 Dance Education (BST).  We also offer a Dance minor.

Auditions for admittance into the Dance Program are not required, but they are mandatory for placement in dance technique levels, casting purposes, and Freshman Talent Grants.  Placement auditions at the beginning of fall term, usually the Friday before classes start.  Freshman Talent Grant audition occur in early March, the spring prior to admittance.  Auditions for dance concerts and theater productions occur the first week of class.

I encourage you to visit us on campus to experience the Dance Program, to observe classes, and to visit with the Dance Faculty and current students.   To do so, please call me:  507-389-2125 (or

We look forward to hearing from you!

Julie Kerr-Berry, Ed.D.                                  
Professor and Dance Program Director



A Heart Song (2015) choreographed by Allison Doughty

Photo by Dan Norman