The following is a list of dance departments at colleges, universities, and conservatories in the United States that offer degrees or certificates. The abbreviation NASD indicates that the school is a member of the National Association of Schools of Dance. Schools are listed alphabetically within each state. This is an update of the list that ran in November 2005. Back Stage sent out questionnaires to schools that were listed last year and also included additional names found in the NASD directory. For those that also offer a theatre emphasis, see the preceding list. For more-specific information, contact the schools directly.
The National Association of Schools of Dance, founded in 1981, aims to "develop a closer relationship among schools and programs of dance for the purpose of examining and improving practices and professional standards in dance education and training." NASD is located at 11250 Roger Bacon Dr., Ste. 21, Reston, VA 20190; phone: (703) 437-0700; email: [email protected]; website: www.arts-accredit.org. Compiled by B.L. Rice