Dance and Performance Studies

Undergraduate Program

Introduction to the Major

Students in the Dance and Performance Studies major will engage with dance on physical, intellectual, and aesthetic levels, growing not only as performers but also as artists, thinkers, makers, viewers, and participants in the artistic event. The practical focus of the major is on the performance and choreography of contemporary dance and dance theater. Equally important is the study of theater and dance theory, history, culture, and literature.

Many of our graduates have gone on to careers in professional dance companies. Other students have gone on to graduate study in a wide variety of arts-related fields and have developed careers in universities, nonprofits, and professional fields in health care, education, and business.

Additional Opportunities 

  • Already have an intended major but interested in Dance and Performance Studies? Consider adding DPS as a double major or a minor.

  • As either a major or minor in Dance and Performance Studies, you will study with nationally and internationally known faculty respected for their scholarly research and creative work.

  • The dance training and academic courses offered by our department are rigorous and geared toward the student who is interested in learning about dance and performance from multiple perspectives.

Amplify Your Major

Embrace the dynamic journey, the interdisciplinary creativity, and most importantly, the supportive community of TDPS. This is your invitation to explore, discover, and thrive!
Gilberto Martinez Martinez, Dance & Performance Studies Major

Four-Year Student Timeline

First Year

Explore Your Major

  • Meet with your major and college advisor to discuss your academic plans.

  • Review major and college requirements.

  • Enroll in L&S 1.

  • Take THEATER 60: Introduction to Technical Theater and Production as soon as you can to get involved in department shows.

Connect and Build Community

  • Get 1:1 mentoring with Berkeley Connect.

  • Find study groups, tutoring, and academic support at the Student Learning Center.

  • Attend all productions in the department.

  • Attend TDPS Welcome Back Celebration in August for prospective and returning students.

Discover Your Passions

Engage Locally and Globally

Reflect and Plan Your Future

Second Year

Explore Your Major

Connect and Build Community

Discover Your Passions

Engage Locally and Globally

Reflect and Plan Your Future

Third Year

Explore Your Major

Connect and Build Community

  • Give back by becoming a TDPS peer advisor.

  • Share your ideas with the department for future events, shows, and guest speakers.

Discover Your Passions

  • Interested in joining a production? Check out the TDPS Callboard for calls and audition information.

  • Pitch your idea for teaching a DeCal course in the department next year.

  • Planning a senior thesis or project? Apply to the Haas Scholars Program or SURF.

Engage Locally and Globally

Reflect and Plan Your Future

Fourth Year

Explore Your Major

Connect and Build Community

Discover Your Passions

Engage Locally and Globally

Reflect and Plan Your Future

What Can I Do With My Major?

Jobs and Employers

  • 3D Film Production Asst., LBNL

  • Adjunct Faculty, Monterey Peninsula CC

  • Art Manager, Trinity Repertory Co.

  • Coordinator, SF Opera

  • Dancer, LevyDance Company

  • Dancer, Washington Commanders (NFL)

  • EMT, ProTransport 1

  • Filmmaker

  • Instructor, Alameda School of Music

  • Marketing Asst., Joe Goode Group

  • Member, San Francisco Ballet

  • Software Engineering Intern, Zillow 

Graduate Programs

  • Dance, Masters - Mills College 

  • Drama & Theater Arts, Masters - American Cons. Theater 

  • Journalism, Masters - Columbia Univ.

  • Social Sciences, Masters - UC Berkeley

Examples gathered from the First Destination Survey of recent Berkeley graduates.

Learn More

Connect With Us

Cal Day

Come to Berkeley’s annual Open House in April for information sessions, campus tours, special talks, and more.

Golden Bear Orientation

Join your peers in the campus-wide UC Berkeley orientation program for all new students.


Attend department events with students, staff, and faculty. Visit for news and updates.


Students can email the Undergraduate Academic Advisor at to schedule an in-person or online appointment

Advising Drop-In Hours

Tuesday & Thursday, 1:30-4:30pm

How to Use this Map

Use this map to help plan and guide your experience at UC Berkeley, including academic, co-curricular, and discovery opportunities. Everyone’s Berkeley experience is different and activities in this map are suggestions. Always consult with your advisors whenever possible for new opportunities and updates.