Dance Performance at NIU
Bachelor of Fine Arts

Grace and strength. Body and mind. Transcend duality with dance.

Our bodies can express things that can't be put into words. If you're called to the unique art form of dance, we invite you to continue your study with us. Our renowned faculty members will support and guide you as you train in ballet and modern dance. You'll have plentiful performance opportunities on and off campus.

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What Can I Do With a Dance Performance Degree From NIU?

Your bachelor's degree will give you a strong foundation for a career as a professional dancer. Our alumni have performed with or are members of numerous organizations, such as the Chicago Ballet Repertoire and the National Ballet of Canada.

Top skills reported by alumni:

  • Acting
  • Choreography
  • Performing arts
  • Teaching

Top fields alumni work in:

  • Arts and entertainment
  • Education
  • Health care
  • Nonprofit

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Career Potential for NIU Dance Performance Majors

Average mid-career salary:


Top employers include:

  • A Step Above Dance
  • Allegro Dance Boutique
  • Believers Center for Performing Arts in Motion
  • Chicago Dance Academy
  • Disney Parks

Job titles include:

  • Artistic director
  • Autism movement therapy provider
  • Ballet company member
  • Ballet professor/teacher
  • Dance instructor/teacher

Source: Steppingblocks, 2023

What to Expect as a Dance Performance Major at NIU

You’ll work with talented faculty with expertise in ballet, jazz, modern dance and tap, as well as composition and dance history. Our extensive resources and proximity to Chicago’s thriving arts scene will provide access to performance opportunities, internships and other engaged learning experiences.

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How We’ll Help You Succeed

Apply for free and we’ll automatically consider you for a renewable merit scholarship.

Earn your bachelor’s degree fast with our affordable tuition and fees. Any credit hours you take over 12 are free (per semester).

Prepare to thrive after graduation with personalized support from Career Services.

With our truth-in-tuition policy, you’ll get the same fixed tuition rate for four continuous years, whether you live in Illinois or another state.

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First-year Students

High School GPA

3.0 or higher?

You're guaranteed general NIU admission.


Not considered.

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Transfer Students


2.0 or higher?

You're guaranteed general NIU admission.


3.0 or higher?

You're guaranteed a
renewable merit scholarship

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