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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. Our program offers students a plan of study that is grounded in a liberal arts education. Students learn about the depth and breadth of dance as they practice this art form in multiple arenas. Students receive a comprehensive education that prepares them for a lifetime in dance such as teaching, performing, bodywork, choreographing, dance therapy, arts administration, dance writing and related fields.  Whatever your chosen path in dance, you will graduate from the Minnesota State Mankato Dance Program with the ability to think critically and with the necessary skills to engage in the art form from multiple vantage points.

A committed Dance Faculty developed a curriculum that balances the artistic with the practical. Students have the opportunity to work with a roster of national and international visiting guest artists through a generous gift by the Andreas family.  Students also have opportunities to choreograph and present their work through two student dance showcase concerts. We produce four dance concerts each year.

The Minnesota State Mankato Dance Program offers three different major degree programs:  1) a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance; 2) a Bachelor of Arts in Dance; 3) a Bachelor of Science in Dance; or, 4) a Bachelor of Science in K-12 Dance Education (BST).  We also offer a Dance minor.

At Minnesota State Mankato, 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.

Dance students at Minnesota State Mankato participate in both campus and off-campus activities that add to their experiences in the program.  For example, students can become a member of the Student Dance Coalition. Each year, students attend the American College Dance Festival, as well as professional dance performances in the Twin Cities.

Once students graduate, they pursue performance and teaching opportunities.  Others pursue graduate education in dance therapy or in related fields such a physical therapy and chiropractic.

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