Dance at Pacific Lutheran University provides opportunities in performance, creative activity, composition, choreography, dance history, dance production, dance technique, movement for actors, yoga, ballroom, and healing arts of mind and body. We have two venues for dance performance: Dance Ensemble and Dance Team. Student choreography is emphasized with special guest and faculty choreographers. We offer a Dance minor in the Department of Communication & Theatre, School of Arts and Communication. Courses are cross-referenced with Physical Education/Movement Studies. Two to four classes are offered every semester along with other co-curricular opportunities. Students can receive credit for their participation in these activities.

Dance Team

Pacific Lutheran University Dance Team includes a dedicated group of dance students who perform a range of dance styles including, jazz, funk, modern and synchronized movement vocabularies. The students perform at half time events for men’s and women’s teams and participate in occasional competitions. Students audition in the Fall term (Sept.).

If you’re interested in learning more about the Dance program at PLU please contact Dance Director Maureen McGill at 

Dance Ensemble

Pacific Lutheran University Dance Ensemble provides opportunities for student dance performance and choreography. Students join in the creative and intellectual process of creating dances. They challenge themselves technically and artistically with a culminating formal performance in the Spring semester. Invited professional guest choreographers and dedicated dance alumna, and dance faculty, participate in setting choreography on the ensemble for the Spring concert. Students of all technical dance levels are encouraged to participate and audition in the Spring term for performance.

Dance 2015

April 10 and 11 at 7:30pm, Eastvold Auditorium in the Karen Hille Phillips Center for the Performing Arts

Directed by Maureen McGill, Dance 2015 will showcase the talents of PLU student choreographers, PLU’s Dance Team, and professional choreography.

The concert promises to highlight the depth of artistic capabilities of PLU student choreographers. By delving beyond today’s commercialized representation of choreography in popular culture, these emerging choreographers have pushed themselves to create works which represent the complexity of the human experience.

Tickets: $8 General Admission, $5 Senior Citizens and Alumni, $3 PLU Community, Students and 18 and under. Available at the Concierge desk in the Anderson University Center, at the door of the show and at 253-535-7411.