Kinesiology is the study of human movement. Dance minors combine science and art to create something truly inspiring.


The dance program at Calvin is a 10-course minor that covers the history, culture and composition of dance as well as performance. You will have the opportunity to choose from dance courses in modern, ballet, jazz, tap and sacred dance.

Careers in Dance

  • Performer
  • Choreographer
  • Dance Therapist
  • Tour Manager
  • Recreational Instructor

See job placement rates for Calvin grads.

Student involvement

Choreograph a dance or perform in Dance Guild; participate in a play or musical with Calvin Theatre Company.


New students are automatically considered for general academic scholarships ranging from $1,000-15,000 based on a careful review of their application materials.

For a complete listing of departmental scholarships available to first-year students, use the Scholarship Search ».


Ellen Van't Hof

Ellen Van't Hof
Associate Professor
Department of Kinesiology
SF 246
(616) 526-6031

Talk to us

Ellen Van't Hof Ellen Van't Hof
Program Director
Department of Kinesiology
SF 246
(616) 526-6031


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Teach This

Interested in teaching? You can gain certification in Dance as a:

Calvin's teacher education program also contains education-specific course requirements that you must complete prior to certification. See course requirements for:

Professor Robert Keeley talks about the education program.

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Explore Calvin's teacher education program.

Read the teacher education guidebook for more detailed information about certification.

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