Dance

Course Overview

Through dance training, dance performance, and dance-making, as a ballet or modern dance major, you will discover and define your personal style. Coursework and performance will help develop
your aesthetic sense, while giving you a historical perspective of dance and fortifying your education.

  • Define what dance means to you as part of a dance community with a rich history of training dance artists/educators dating back to 1949.
  • Learn in a state-of-the-art facility that includes three large dance studios with natural lighting, sprung floors, and marley overlay; a conditioning studio with Pilates-based equipment; and a dance technology lab.
  • Take high-intensity courses from skilled faculty and internationally known guest artists. Perform on campus in Ed Landreth Auditorium and the Studio Theatre.
  • Choose to study abroad for a semester with the UK’s top-rated dance program at University of Roehampton, just outside London.

Course Examples by Year

Fr

Ballet Technique
Modern Dance Technique
Pointe
Bodywork
Improvisation
Music for Dance
Career Preparation I
Dance Production

So

Modern Dance Technique
Ballet Technique
Choreography I
Lighting for Dance
Functional Anatomy

Jr

Ballet Technique
Modern Dance Technique
Variations
Contact Improvisation
Choreography II
Teaching Methods
International Dance Forms
Dance History

Sr

Ballet Technique
Modern Dance Technique
Choreography III
Career Preparation II
Dance Theory
Senior Capstone Course

Where Graduates Go

Dance graduates have found professional performing, teaching, choreographic, and administrative positions in such diverse companies/organizations as River North Chicago Dance Company, Orlando Ballet, Texas Ballet Theatre, Houston Ballet, Boston Ballet, Atlanta Ballet, Paul Taylor Dance Co., Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company, Pilobolus, The Martha Graham Co., Mark Morris Dance Company, Pentacle, Dance Theater Workshop, and American Dance Festival. Others have established schools and companies, or teach in universities around the world. Graduates are also working as artistic directors of their own companies, and some are creating dances as freelance choreographers. Many have gone to graduate school or certification training, and are working in areas such as Pilates, dance therapy, yoga, dance lighting, dance photography, dance writing, dance education, nutrition, physical therapy, medicine, arts administration, and more.