Anderson, Indiana

AU to offer summer dance intensive for high school, college students

Wed, 2010-03-17 08:05 -- univcomm
March 17, 2010

Anderson University will offer its first-ever summer dance intensive, called JustDance, June 21-25 on the AU campus. The week-long intensive will provide experiential training in a variety of dance forms, including modern dance, ballet, jazz dance, world dance, improvisation, and repertory.

JustDance: Anderson University's Summer Dance IntensiveJustDance classes will be taught by Anderson University faculty as well as instructors from a guest dance company, Rustic Groove.

The intensive is designed especially for high school and college students who intend to pursue dance in college or are currently enrolled in or considering a dance program, said Matthew Farmer, instructor of dance at Anderson University. However, dance faculty and professional dancers may also find the intensive to be a valuable opportunity to explore new ideas and sharpen skills.

Ideally, participants will be proficient in at least two of the following dance forms: ballet, jazz, and modern.

Compared to dance intensives at other colleges, the Anderson University summer dance intensive offers a number of advantages, Farmer said.

  • Variety: Many intensives focus on just one dance form. At JustDance, students will be immersed in a variety of forms, including modern, ballet, jazz, world dance, improvisation, and repertory.
  • Holistic Education: JustDance participants will not only experience dance techniques, but will also receive valuable information on such topics as nutrition for dancers and injury prevention and treatment.
  • Intensive Schedule: Many schools offer a two- or three-week program that includes a significant amount of down-time. JustDance, however, is just one week in length, with a full schedule of dance from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. every day.
  • Free Swag: Many intensive programs require students to pay extra for t-shirts, snacks, etc. These items are included as part of the package for JustDance participants.
  • Competitive Tuition: JustDance tuition is significantly less than many other dance intensives in Indiana. Tuition is $600, with an additional $235 if meals and housing are required.

Visit for more information and to apply for JustDance, or to learn more about the Anderson University Dance Program, including the Dance Performance, Dance Business, and Dance Complementary majors.

Anderson University is a private Christian university of 2,700 undergraduate and graduate students in central Indiana. Anderson continues to be recognized as a top Christian college: in 2009, U.S. News and World Report ranked Anderson University among the best colleges and universities in the Midwest for the sixth consecutive year. Established in 1917 by the Church of God, Anderson University offers more than 65 undergraduate majors and graduate programs in business, education, music, nursing, and theology.