The Dance Minor is a practical choice for any student pursuing a future in the arts or entertainment industry as well as other budding creative and innovative fields such as fitness and medical sciences. The Dance Minor relates directly to the primary mission of Fayetteville State University, which is to "provide quality education to its students", [and] "specialized individual training". A small concentrated program, the dance courses have been developed to work with the novice dance enthusiast as well as the seasoned dancer looking to continue his or her training.
The approach to the curriculum involves the integration of the developing mind and the body in context of educational and cultural practices. This curriculum requires critical and creative thinking as well as deliberate movement training in addition to exploring concepts in dance that relate to human development, culture and society as a whole.
The dance curriculum seeks to provide undergraduate majors who are interested in acquiring knowledge of creative, artistic and liberal arts based skills sought by prospective employers who are looking for an innovative, collaborative, and self-motivated workforce.
The FSU Dance Ensemble is a repertory dance company that performs on and off campus. With solid, consistent training in Horton modern dance technique in addition to jazz and African dance styles, the FSUDE believes that dance is a discipline as well as an art form. Students are required to take at least one dance class to be eligible for the ensemble, and auditions are held in the fall, with performances in the spring.