The Dance Program at the University of Texas-Pan American is part of the Department of Music and Dance and offers undergraduate programs leading to a Bachelor of Arts Degree. A minor in dance is also available for students majoring in other disciplines. Currently, the Program serves approximately 70 dance majors and numerous dance minors. The Dance Program provides a curriculum of classes in Ballet, Modern, Mexican Folklorico, and Flamenco. Dance classes are open to all undergraduate students at beginning, intermediate and advanced levels to meet the varied needs of students.
The Bachelor of Arts degree in Dance provides a broad coverage of dance training, including dance technique, improvisational and choreographic skills, music for dancers, historical and cultural dimensions of dance, dance production, dance science, and theories of dance. The Dance Program provides students with the opportunity to prepare for a variety of dance careers, offering both a broad base of study and opportunity for more intensive work in areas of specific interest.
In addition, the multi-cultural emphasis of the program makes it unique among dance programs not only in Texas universities, but across the United States. No other institution provides a four-year dance training sequence in which Mexican folklorico and Flamenco are an integral part of the degreed program. The certified teacher preparation program in dance provides the community, the state, and the region with dance teachers who are properly trained in technique, choreography, and instructional methods in a wide array of dance techniques that are aligned with the cultural heritages of the area.
The most visible aspect of dance at UTPA has been the three dance performance companies, the UTPA Ballet Folklorico, Dance Ensemble, and the Cuadro Flamenco. At present, approximately eighteen formal dance concerts are presented annually. In addition, the dance program provides performances, lecture demonstrations, workshops, and expertise to the community-at-large, addressing the special needs of the region. The dance companies also extend their services to the valley through alumni who have found employment in private and public schools, universities, professional dance companies, and recreational programs.