Dance Schools in California

Dance Schools In California

Artists convey artistic expression by using their bodies and voices in the performing arts. Along with music and theater, dance is considered one of the performing arts.

California dance schools and degrees

Programs at dance schools in California run the gamut from pre-school, elementary school, and high school programs that introduce children to the performing arts and encourage their continued participation to private and public performing arts high schools to adult recreational dance classes for those who simply want to learn ballroom or salsa dancing to higher education programs that lead to a degree. Dance schools in California offer associate degrees and Bachelor and Master of Fine Arts degrees for those who aspire to be dance professionals. Several California universities also offer doctoral programs such as a PhD in Critical Dance Studies, PhD in Performance Studies, and PhD in Dance History and Theory.

Dance school admission and tuition

Admission to dance schools in California can mean showing an interest in attending a class at the personal interest level or can consist of a formal university admissions process with mandatory performing arts auditions and interviews for dance programs at the university level.

Tuition at dance schools in California is commensurate with the type of dance class or degree program. Costs may vary depending on degree type and the length of the program.

Financial aid and scholarships

The availability of financial aid depends on individual dance school programs. Students attending degree-granting, postsecondary educational institutions may be eligible for federal, state, and institutional financial aid. Family discounts and tuition scholarships may be available for dance programs at the school level and for personal interest classes. In addition to academically-based scholarships, private scholarships specifically for dance are also available. For example, The Princess Grace Awards, which can range from $5,000 to $25,000, are available for the final year of an undergraduate or graduate program in dance.

Professional dancers and other careers

Of course, the most well known careers in dance revolve around professional dancers but other dance-related careers are also available:

  • Choreography
  • Teaching at private dance schools, colleges and universities, and community centers
  • Administration/management for dance companies, regional theaters, and dance festivals and public relations and fund raising
  • Writing about dance for publications or critically reviewing performances
  • Analyzing and recording dance movement
  • Dance therapy in the form of massage or physical therapy
  • Technical production and visual design for dance performances
  • Ownership of a dance studio or school

California has more than 14 dance companies and 35 college or university dance programs. From the noted Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in Los Angeles to the Golden Gate Theater in San Francisco, California has a long history of involvement in and support of performance art and dance. Why look anywhere else for a dance school?

 Sources and further reading:

California Academy of Performing Arts, Inc. •

College Affordability & Transparency Center •

Jessica Karrat Dance Scholarship Fund •

National Association of Schools of Dance •

Princess Grace Foundation Scholarships •

Scholarship Listings • http://

School of Creative & Performing Arts •

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