A select number of accredited 4-year schools offered bachelor's degree programs in ballet, but many more schools have general majors in dance (nces.ed.gov). Several independent studios and community recreation centers also offer ballet classes to the interested public.
Schools with General Dance Programs
|College/University||Location||Institution Type||Degrees Offered||Tuition (2015-2016)*|
|American River College||Sacramento, CA||2-year, Public||Associate's||$1,104 in-state, $7,440 out-of-state|
|Brigham Young University - Provo||Provo, UT||4-year, Private not-for-profit||Bachelor's||$5,150|
|East Carolina University||Greenville, NC||4-year, Public||Bachelor's||$6,580 in-state, $22,154 out-of-state|
|Fullerton College||Fullerton, CA||2-year, Public||Associate's||$1,138 in-state, $6,010 out-of-state|
|University of Oregon||Eugene, OR||4-year, Public||Bachelor's, Master's||$10,289 in-state, $32,024 out-of-state|
|George Mason University||Fairfax, VA||4-year, Public||Bachelor's||$10,952 in-state, $31,598 out-of-state|
|Kent State University at Kent||Kent, OH||4-year, Public||Bachelor's||$10,012 in-state, $18,212 out-of-state|
|New York University||New York, NY||4-year, Private not-for-profit||Bachelor's, Master's||$47,750|
|Santa Ana College||Santa Ana, CA||2-year, Public||Undergraduate Certificate, Associate's||$1,142 in-state, $6,902 out-of-state|
|University of California - Berkeley||Berkeley, CA||4-year, Public||Bachelor's||$1,142 in-state, $6,902 out-of-state|
Sources: *National Center for Education Statistics
School Selection Criteria
Here is some advice for ballet dancers considering general dance programs:
- Look for programs that include coursework specifically in ballet.
- Research the on- and off-campus performance opportunities for students, as well as summer programs offered by the school.
- Check that a school has suitable floors, mirrors, mats and sound systems, according to standards set by the National Dance Council of America.
- Search for schools that have a wide range of classes available with credentialed instructors.
Ballet Program Overviews
Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Ballet
The BFA in Ballet is a fine arts program designed to train students for a professional career as performing artists or dance teachers. These 4-year programs focus on performance and choreography. Public performance opportunities may include both national and international tours.
Ballet Classes for Adult Learners
Adult ballet classes can be taken for fitness and enrichment through various organizations and dance companies around the country. Typically, sessions meet once a week for 4-8 weeks. Tuition can be flexible and may be paid by the class in some cases.
Students hoping to become professional ballet dancers can enroll in bachelor's degree programs in general dance that provide relevant training, while adult learners in search of less intensive training can take standalone classes in ballet.