Dance Minor

A minor dedicated to the study of dance.


The Minor in Dance provides an expansive program for students looking to broaden their knowledge and experience of dance as an art form, with a particular focus on exploring subject matter through movement. This program encompasses various dance techniques, choreography, and theory courses, fostering the development of a cross-trained artist and scholar who can express subject matter through movement. 

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Dance Performance Opportunities

The department presents two formal dance concerts each year, participates in on and off campus events, and has performed for film and in alternative sites. Students have performed on campus at the UTA Planetarium, UTA Art Gallery, The President’s Dinner, UTA’s Homecoming Parade, and filmed in campus locations such as UTA’s Micro Houses, the Architecture Courtyard, and various natural landscapes. Off-campus performances include American College Dance Association, Fort Worth Fringe Festival, Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Sundance Square Plaza Stage, The Performance at Dance Co-op & Collin College.

All UTA students, regardless of their declared major or minor, can audition for Dance. Dance students have additional opportunities each semester to audition for theatrical productions ranging from classic and modern musicals, plays, and other interdisciplinary projects such as dance for camera and dance in alternative venues. View the casting policy for additional details.

Program Audition

An audition for the dance minor is not required. However, students will be placed in appropriate dance technique courses based on their skill level through a video or in-person placement audition. Students interested in placing out of a level 1 technique course should contact the Dance Area Head. Students declaring the dance minor must be accepted into the university and be in good academic standing. The minor is intended to be completed in four semesters.

For more information on university acceptance & applications, please visit the admissions page.

For more information on declaring a major or minor, please visit our advising page.

Department Faculty & Staff

Laurie M Taylor, MFA Dance, University of the Arts

Assistant Professor

Area Head Dance Minor

Laurie Taylor Professor of Dance

Ashleigh Christian, BA Dance Studies, Texas Woman's University

Adjunct Assistant Professor

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J. Austin Eyer, MFA Theatre, Penn State University

Assistant Professor

Area Head BFA Musical Theatre


Austin Eyer


Phone #: (817) 272-2670

Office: Fine Arts Building North 191C

Sarah Fagan, BA Performing Arts, Oklahoma City University

Adjunct Assistant Professor


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Phone #: 817-272-2650

Office: Swift Center 128B

Meredith Knight Treminio, MFA Dance, Texas Woman's University

Associate Professor of Instruction

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Office: Swift Center 130A

Claudia Orcasitas, MFA Dance, Texas Woman's University

Adjunct Assistant Professor


Claudia Orcasitas

Ginny Wheeler, MFA Choreography, Jacksonville University

Adjunct Assistant Professor

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Danielle Willis, MFA Dance, Texas Woman's University

Adjunct Assistant Professor

Danielle Willis

Alexandra Benavidez

Adjunct Assistant Professor

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Johnique Mitchell, MFA, Pennsylvania State University

Adjunct Assistant Professor

Johnique Mitchell