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Explore this Major

Learn more about the dance majorAll liberal arts degrees help CLA students develop their Core Career Competencies, and dance majors develop specific skills that are applicable to lots of different careers. These skills include strong discipline, creative thinking and problem-solving and ability to work well independently and collaboratively.

Students who take the SuperStrong Interest Inventory receive a three-letter interest code, which identifies their top three areas of interest, work activities, potential skills, and personal values. The interest code "AER" is often associated with this major, however, the SuperStrong assessment can help you understand how your interests connect to a variety of majors and career options. You can learn more about common employer types and occupations associated with this major. You can also see CLA specific examples of alumni careers below.

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Alumni Career Examples

Below is a small sampling of what alumni with this major have pursued, organized by the most common career fields they go into (although keep in mind that there are alumni in all eight of the career fields). You can also utilize the LinkedIn's Alumni Tool and the Maroon and Gold Network to further explore alumni career pathways and connect directly with professionals.

Click to expand each gray box below for opportunities pursued by alumni in this major! 


Note: *Asterisks denote that further education and/or training is often required


  • Education Intern - Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival
  • Development Intern - Center for Victims of Torture
  • Marketing Intern - Children's Theatre Company
  • Marketing Strategy Intern, Fair Anita
  • Dancer, Dance Italia
  • Digital Media Intern, Minnesota Children’s Museum
  • Human Resources Intern, Joffrey Ballet
  • Educational Programming Intern, Weavers Guild of Minnesota
  • Development Intern, Northrop Memorial Auditorium


  • Dance/Performer - ColliDe Theatrical Dance Company
  • Dancer - Shapiro and Smith Dance
  • Attended Intensive - Ririe, Woodbury Dance Company
  • Box Office Manager - Theatre of the Riverside Church
  • Instructor - St. Paul Conservatory for Performing Artists
  • Company Member - ARENA Dances
  • Board Member - Keane Sense of Rhythm
  • Choreographer - St.Olaf College
  • After School Program Instructor and Mentor
  • Actress/Dancer - Guthrie Theater
  • Lighting Assistant - ShopNBC
  • Character Performer/Mover- Walt Disney World
  • Dance Artist, freelance
  • Dance Company Member - JAZZDance
  • Dance Instructor - Big Brothers Big Sisters


  • Professional Dancer - Sarah Berges Dance Company
  • Dance Program - University of Minnesota
  • Administrative Director, Dance Division - The Juilliard School*
  • Guest Artist, Teacher and Choreographer - St. Olaf College
  • Director/Choreographer - Kaleena Miller Dance
  • Artistic Director - Lucas Daniel Dance
  • Director - Ballare Teatro Performing Arts Center
  • Managing Director - New Epic Theater
  • Group Fitness and Yoga Instructor - Life Time
  • Co-Coordinator - Minnesota Sage Awards for Dance
  • Managing Editor & Art Director - NuMode Magazine*

Graduate Programs

  • MFA, Dance
  • MA, Dance Therapy


The College of Liberal Arts Career Services and the University of Minnesota has no control or responsibility for the: (a) quality or safety of any experiential learning opportunity/position descriptions or (b) the application, hiring practices, or EEO/AA status of any of the organizations listed here. We encourage students to use precaution when applying to, interviewing at, or participating in volunteer, internship, job, or research programs outside of the University. These opportunities are not affiliated with the University of Minnesota and have not been fully vetted.