Bachelor of Arts in Dance Top Colleges, Syllabus, Scope and Salary

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BA in Dance is a 3-year full-time undergraduate course divided across 6 semesters. Dance is an art form that mostly involves movement of the body in rhythm with music. It is a form of physical expression presented in a spiritually or performance-based setting.

The main subject of study covered in this course’s curriculum are:

  • Dance Analysis: Theory and Practice
  • Dance, music, and drama practices
  • Classical to musical theatre
  • Contemporary plays
  • Original scripts.

Students enrolled to the course are imparted advanced learning in:

  • Historical and cultural context of dance as a performing art
  • theoretical and on-stage performance skills
  • Dance and Community Engagement
  • stage-performance
  • expression of ideas through dance
  • expression of emotions through drama and music
  • dance techniques
  • performance-based training
  • theoretical lessons, namely:
  • production
  • music
  • creative process, movement analysis
  • pedagogy
  • performance, dance & cultural studies
  • philosophy
  • theatrical lessons in:
  • Community Engagement
  • Costume Technologies
  • Seminar

Enrolled students are needed to specialize in one of:

  • Dance (Indian classical)
  • Music
  • Drama.

Upon successful completion of the course, successful graduates can find gainful employment in areas such as:

  • Theatre, TV
  • Choreography
  • Music industry.

They are gainfully employed as:

  • directors
  • production managers
  • designers
  • writers
  • dramaturges, and such.

The average annual course fee charged in India ranges between INR 5,000 and 26 lacs, depending upon the institute offering the course. The average annual salary offered in India to successful graduates of the course ranges between INR 2 and 10 lacs, depending upon the candidate’s expertise in the field.

BA in Dance: Course Highlights

Tabulated below are some of the major highlights of the course.

Course Level Under graduate
Duration 3 years
Examination Type Semester System
Eligibility 10+2 qualification in any stream from a recognized educational Board
Admission Process Merit-based/ Based on performance in entrance exam
Top recruiting organizations Sony, Fossil, ESPIRIT, Hunter, etc. 
Top recruiting areas Film industry, dance firms, dance academics, and such.
Top job profiles Dance Teacher, Dance Expert, among others. 
Course Fee INR 5,000 to 26 lacs
Average Starting Salary INR 2 to 10 lacs

BA in Dance: What is it About?

The course has been designed to offer to eligible candidates the opportunity to:

  • take responsibility of their own physique through dance.

  • realize their passion for dance and reach their optimum potential in the core techniques of dance.
  • pursue learning of not only classical dance technique, but also in contemporary jazz and commercial dance.
  • undertake workshops with visiting guest artists from the industry.
  • explore further options of secondary careers in areas such as choreography and artistic direction.
  • develop a professional approach to rehearsals and performances.
  • undergo preparation to work in the Corps de Ballet.
  • undertake training for pursuing professions such as Soloist, Choreographer, Dancer, etc.
  • explore a variety of dance styles, repertoire, and music.
  • develop technical skills, artistry and a broader scope of life as citizens-artists-athletes in a global community.
  • experience theatrical/stage productions.
  • work alongside technical and production musicians, crew, and audiences.

Top Institutes offering BA in Dance

Some of the top institutes offering the course in the country with the corresponding locations and fees charged by the respective colleges, are listed below.

Savitribai Phule Pune University Pune INR 1,54,000
Rabindra Bharati University Kolkata INR 2,800
Shivaji University Maharashtra INR 75,000
Raja Man Sigh Tomar Music and Arts University Gwalior INR 5,550
Symbiosis School of Liberal Arts Pune INR 14,00,000
MIT Vishwashanti Sangeet Kala Academy Pune INR 2,00,000
Ashoka University Sonepat INR 25,70,000
VELS University Chennai INR 80,300

Eligibility for BA in Dance

Candidates wishing to apply for the course need to fulfil the following minimum eligibility criteria

  • 10+2 qualification completed from a recognized educational Board, in any stream.
  • A minimum aggregate score of 45% (40% for SC/ST/OBC candidates) at the 10+2 level.
  • Candidates awaiting their 10+2 examination’s results are also eligible to apply on provisional basis.

BA in Dance: Admission Process

Most institutes in India offering the course admit students based on their performance in a round of Personal Interview. Generally, all institutes admit students based on their obtained merit at the 10+2 level. In that, the admission process generally varies across colleges.

BA in Dance: Syllabus and Course Description

A semester - wise breakup of the course’s syllabus is tabulated below.

Semester I

Semester II

Language I Language I
Language II Language II
Bharathanatyam theory and practical Bharathanatyam theory and practical
Music Music
Foundation course Foundation course
CC and EC CC and EC

Semester III

Semester IV

Language I Language I
Language II Language II
Bharathanatyam theory and practical Bharathanatyam theory and practical
Music Music
Foundation course Foundation course
CC and EC CC and EC

Semester V

Semester VI

Bharathanatyam Bharathanatyam
Ahaaryabhinya Iconography
Foundation course Foundation course
CC and EC CC and EC.

BA in Dance: Career Prospects

Popular areas of employment in the industry fir such graduates include:

  • Advertising
  • Art studios
  • Publishing Houses, Dance-Related Magazines/Journals
  • Product Design
  • Online Dance Services

Independently, they may work as:

  • Art Critics
  • Arts Specialists
  • Dance artists

Within the field of Fine Arts, success of a professional depends on the latter’s interest, experience, exposure, creativity, motivation, market awareness, and talent.

Some of the top professional profiles open to such graduates are listed below with the corresponding salaries offered for the respective positions.

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Dance annual salary
Dance Teacher  A Dance Coach is a leader and mentor for competitive dancers, often with a high school, private troupe or college. They choreograph unique routines and teach dance to team members, observe their performance and provide suggestions for refinement. They are typically former dancers themselves, with years of extensive dance training. There is no formal education as such required to become a Dance Coach; there are college degree programs offered in dance, and it is common for employers to prefer candidates with a Bachelor's or Master's degree in dance. INR 2,44,000
Dance Expert Most Dance Directors, also called Artistic Dance Directors, have themselves been dancers in the past. Some dancers choose to apply their gathered experience in the field towards in positions such as Dance Director. They might direct university dance programs, ballet performance, regional dance troupes. They may also direct the dance segments in operas, videos, musical theatre, movies, commercials, and television shows. They usually specialize in a particular type of dance, such as folk, jazz, classical ballet, or modern. INR 5,00,000
Dance Performance Artist Performing Artists, including actors, dancers, musicians, and singers, creatively express artistic sentiments through performances. They perform before live audiences or recorded settings. They collaborate closely with other artists. Solo performances require coordination with choreographers, directors, costume designers, lighting technicians, makeup artists, and others. INR 6,00,000
Theatre Team Member Theatre Directors hold auditions to select acting cast members. Directors collaborate with the technical crew, such as sound, lighting, set, and costume designers. They collaborate creatively with the actors and technical crew to make the setting appear natural, changing it when necessary, and aiming for inspiration. INR 9,60,000

Bachelor of Arts [BA] (Dance) Fee Structure in India

4.38 K (Minimum Fee)PUBLIC COLLEGES74.30 K  (Maximum Fee)
21.24 K (Average Fee)
45 K (Minimum Fee)Private COLLEGES2.19 L (Maximum Fee)
90.63 K (Average Fee)

Bachelor of Arts [BA] (Dance) Fee Structure By state


35.75 K
45 KPrivate COLLEGES54 K
49.50 K


I want to join but working in bellary how
Hi Spandana, you can apply for admission in a college/university which offers distance education.
Bba student also do m.a in dance or any other diploma course in dance
Hi Tripti, this depends on the college/university in which you are applying for admission. However, for masters degree, generally, the college demands graduation in relevant stream.

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Bachelor of Arts [BA] (Dance) Colleges IN INDIA

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Banasthali Vidyapith
Jaipur, Rajasthan
74.5 K first year fees
26.09 K first year fees
St Bede's College
Shimla, Himachal Pradesh
25.3 K first year fees
16 K first year fees
Shivaji University - [SUK]
Kolhapur, Maharashtra
3.76 K first year fees