School of Music, Theatre, & Dance

Dance

The dance program at Anderson University creates a balance between mind, body, and spirit. Our goal is to create an environment where students explore creativity and movement, experience faith and spirituality, and excel in dance academics and theory. Core requirements include ballet technique (Vagonova and Cecchetti), modern technique, jazz technique, improvisation, and partnering for ballet and modern. At AU, dance courses are taught by some of the finest professionals in the field including guest choreographers and guest faculty. Students perform in two major dance events each year and in Anderson University’s Candles & Carols, the annual Christmas concert. Dancers may also audition for musical theatre and opera productions.

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The School of Music, Theatre, and Dance offers a wide variety of performance experience, including operatic productions.

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Why choose AU for dance?
  • A rare find. Anderson University is one of the few Christian universities to offer a dance program.
  • Flexible degree with individualized attention. The diversity of majors and small class sizes allow students to design their own college experience around their passions and career goals.
  • Highly skilled and experienced faculty. Within the program all faculty are practicing professionals in the fields of dance, theatre, or musical theatre.
  • Comprehensive curriculum. Students are required to take a variety of core courses and have the flexibility to select from focus areas and choose from a variety of related courses across campus to complete their individual dance degree.
  • Rethink. Reinvent. Reimagine. Students focus on refining the body, sharpening the mind, and exploring an open environment to deepen connections between spirit and faith, becoming well-balanced individuals with the skills to pursue professional interests and servant leadership.

Admission to the dance program is by audition.

Program Options

How can I get involved in the Dance program?

Major, 54-hour

B.A. in Dance with four tracks to choose from:

  • Performance
  • Business
  • Pedagogy
  • Science

Complementary Major, 33-hour

In both majors, we prepare dance majors for careers in performance, choreography, business, teaching, science, therapeutic practices, or higher education depending on their skills and interests. With a common core, students are empowered to discover their strengths and passions and then pursue them with excellence. Focused study in one of the concentrated tracks prepares them for careers or further study.

Dance Performance Minor, 18-hour

The 18-hour minor offers students the opportunity to study dance at AU, while focusing a majority of their time on a different career major. Dance minors can expect to continue training from previous years at a highly proficient level, and are offered the same performance opportunities as Dance Majors. Courses include: four levels of ballet, modern dance, jazz, three levels of tap, two levels of choreography, and dance history.

Summer Dance Intensive

Learn more about AU’s week-long dance intensive offers high school and college students experiential training in a variety of dance forms, including yoga, pilates, modern, ballet, jazz, world dance, improvisation, and repertory.

Classes

What classes will I take?

Among the classes for these majors are:

  • Dance as a profession
  • Dance in global community
  • Dance composition
  • Dance improvisation
  • Technique classes in modern, ballet, jazz and/or tap

View the complete curriculum for the Dance Major Tracks.

View the complete curriculum for the Dance Complementary Major.

Careers

What kind of jobs can I anticipate after graduation?

Each track of the B.A. in Dance has its own goals, but all tracks prepare students for graduate study in dance performance, history, anthropology, cultural studies or performance studies.

  • Dance Performance prepares students careers in performance and choreography as well as graduate study in dance and a variety of related fields.
  • Dance Business prepares students to own or manage their own studio or to manage a company, serve as artistic directors, or continue their study with graduate work in a variety of dance-related fields.
  • Dance Pedagogy is based on NDEO Accrediting Standards to prepare students to teach in studios or pursue graduate study. This path of study helps students prepare for (or seek concurrent) CiDE Certification in Dance Education, which is necessary for work in K-12 classrooms.
  • Dance Science prepares students for careers in performance or as company techs, studio techs, or health techs. It serves well in preparation for EMT or Paramedic certification, massage therapy, or graduate study in dance, biomechanics, dance kinesiology, or somatic/expressive/dance therapy.

A Complementary major allows students to pair their passion for dance with their interest in a separate, primary major area without overwhelming their semester load. The Dance Complementary major pairs well with all majors on campus. The careers of students who choose this complementary major vary greatly based upon their primary area of study.

Experience

What experiences will I have?

Dance students at Anderson University have opportunities to choreograph works for the main stage, audition for guest artist works, perform in the annual faculty and guest artist concerts, Candles and Carols, Homecoming, and other off-campus events. Students have the opportunity to attend and participate in ACDA, NDEO, IADMS, PAMA, APDF, and IDTA conferences and festivals, for which they can also earn college credit. Students are encouraged to intern, and spend a great deal of time honing their craft, their understanding of movement, and their expression of faith. Scholarships are available.