College Close-Ups

July 2017 | College Close-Ups | Beloit College

College Close-Ups: What students need to know about college and university dance programs Beloit College With about 1,300 students, Beloit College in Beloit, Wisconsin, may be small, but it has a thriving dance program. Since 2001, Beloit dances have regularly been selected for the gala concerts at the American College Dance Association regional conference, alongside…

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February 2017 | College Close-Ups | Sweet Briar College

In Sweet Briar’s dance program, students explore creative expression while gaining practical experience. For more than 40 years, the program has drawn on traditional and modern dance techniques and newer styles such as aerial, with an emphasis on and intensive training in choreography.

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January 2017 | College Close-Ups | University of North Carolina–Greensboro

The school offers two undergraduate and three graduate degree options; all students have the option to pursue K–12 licensure. There are many opportunities to perform in a variety of concerts, both through the School of Dance and in musicals and other UNCG productions. Both undergraduate and graduate students have opportunities to showcase their choreography.

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December 2016 | College Close-Ups | University of Utah

The University of Utah School of Dance, in Salt Lake City, offers separate degree programs in ballet and modern dance and attracts students from across the world. While honoring the legacies of these two dance forms, which the University began offering more than 60 years ago, the school maintains an environment of open inquiry that encourages questioning, risk-taking, and sensitivity.

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November 2016 | College Close-Ups | Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey

Located only 45 minutes from New York City, Rutgers University’s Mason Gross School of the Arts provides a personal approach to dance education with extensive performance opportunities and access to a wide range of guest artists. The Dance Department offers an intensive, conservatory-style BFA degree that trains students to be well-rounded performers and choreographers. The BFA curriculum includes a strong theoretical base in a variety of dance studies and required liberal arts courses.

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September 2016 | College Close-Ups | University of Michigan

The University of Michigan (U-M) offers a world-class dance education within a leading public research university. First offered in 1909 as a course in aesthetic dancing, dance is a vibrant and celebrated part of the U-M School of Music, Theatre, and Dance. The current faculty includes active performers, choreographers, scholars, screendance artists, and former members of such companies as Urban Bush Women, Martha Graham Dance Company, and Laura Dean Dancers and Musicians. Alumni have distinguished themselves as performers, choreographers, scholars, and leaders in higher education.

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August 2016 | College Close-Ups | University of Minnesota–Twin Cities

The University of Minnesota–Twin Cities campus covers more than a thousand acres in Minneapolis and St. Paul; the campus’ East and West Banks, straddling the Mississippi River, are conveniently close to Minneapolis’s downtown, government, and cultural districts. The Twin Cities is home to a thriving and diverse dance community, and the location of the campus expressly facilitates collaboration with local arts organizations.

The dance program focuses on contemporary dance in a global context through four curricular areas: technique, performance, composition, and dance studies. Faculty members encourage students to examine dance beyond its physical characteristics. The program’s motto is “Thought and Motion,” highlighting the idea of thinking dancers and dancing thinkers.

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July 2016 | College Close-Ups | West Virginia University

The 15 colleges and schools of West Virginia University (WVU), in Morgantown, offer 193 bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral, and professional degree programs. Dance program director Yoav Kaddar considers it his mission to integrate dance into “the academic tapestry of the university. Everyone can find their niche in our bachelor of arts in dance program,” he says, “or they can enhance their primary academic program with a minor in dance.”

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May-June 2016 | College Close-Ups | West Texas A&M University

“Feels like home” is the motto of Canyon, Texas, a thriving, intimate town in the Texas Panhandle that’s home to West Texas A&M University, or WT. Not far from Palo Duro Canyon State Park, home of the nation’s second-largest canyon, WT has a kindred adventuring spirit that also runs through its dance program. The program is committed to providing real-world experiences inside and outside the university setting.

The WT dance program is anchored by a performance-oriented BFA degree. Faculty aim to develop well-rounded performers with ample exposure to a range of styles and experiences, intellectually and physically, at home and abroad. National and international guest artists who visit each year have taught classes and choreographed for the program in numerous styles: ballet, modern, tap, jazz, and hip-hop.

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March-April 2016 | College Close-Ups | University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

A public, research-intensive university in central Illinois, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) consists of 16 major academic colleges and instructional “units” and provides more than 150 undergraduate programs and 100-plus graduate and professional programs. Among these is the department of dance, Dance at Illinois, which offers BFA, BA (forthcoming in 2016), and MFA degrees, and a graduate dance minor.

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February 2016 | College Close-Ups | Goucher College

Goucher College seeks to offer the best of two worlds: intensive dance training for serious dancers and a superior liberal arts education. Goucher dancers live, study, and grow in a lively dance and academic atmosphere, and they design their own courses of study to support their passions in the dance field and develop their potential.

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January 2016 | College Close-Ups | Alabama State University

Two years ago, Alabama State University (ASU) launched a new artistic endeavor: the Department of Theatre Arts’ BFA/Dance program.

Located in Montgomery, the state capital, ASU is one of only two Alabama institutions of higher learning to offer a BFA in dance. Helmed by dancer, educator, and choreographer Michael Medcalf, the program welcomed its first class in 2013. Only a handful of freshmen enrolled, but the numbers have increased steadily—32 majors and minors were enrolled in fall 2014, 47 this academic year, and 62 are projected for next fall—making it one of ASU’s fastest growing programs. Both majors and minors must audition.

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December 2015 | College Close-Ups | Duke University

The Duke University Dance Program aims to provide excellent opportunities for interdisciplinary dance studies within a first-class liberal arts education. Its mission is to ensure that students don’t have to give up dance in order to pursue a rigorous academic education; most students in the program choose interdepartmental or double majors.

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November 2015 | College Close-Ups | Arizona State University

The dance program at Arizona State University (ASU) School of Film, Dance and Theatre offers a range of opportunities for creative expression, including classes ranging from urban movement to contemporary ballet, community partnerships, and public events focusing on new student work.

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October 2015 | College Close-Ups | Five College Dance Department

Founded in 1978, the Five College Dance Department (FCDD) combines the distinct dance programs of Amherst, Hampshire, Mount Holyoke, and Smith Colleges and the University of Massachusetts–Amherst (UMass–Amherst), pooling offerings and resources to create one of the nation’s largest college dance departments.

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September 2015 | College Close-Ups | Shenandoah Conservatory

The Dance Division of Shenandoah Conservatory, at Shenandoah University, is a dynamic program thriving in a private university setting in Winchester, Virginia, 70 miles west of Washington, DC. Conservatory majors—in music, theater, and dance—make up more than a quarter of the university’s full-time undergraduates. Dance Division graduates perform in companies around the country, on Broadway, in touring productions, and on cruise lines.

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August 2015 | College Close-Ups | California Institute of the Arts

The Sharon Disney Lund School of Dance at California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) offers dance students a unique creative environment. As an internationally recognized conservatory for the performing and visual arts (dance, film, theater, visual art, music, and writing), CalArts has a philosophy that emphasizes the exploration of new paths beyond conventional boundaries.

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May-June 2015 | College Close-Ups | Hollins University

Hollins University strives to create an environment in which dance students are challenged both physically and intellectually, and learn the skills to participate in, experience, understand, appreciate, and thrive in the contemporary world of dance.

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March-April 2015 | College Close-Ups | Boston University

Boston University (BU) offers an extensive program of dance and movement courses through its Department of Physical Education, Recreation & Dance (PERD) and School of Theatre in the College of Fine Arts. Although BU, a private institution, does not offer a dance major, it offers a dance minor program to undergraduate students in all majors.

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February 2015 | College Close-Ups | Belhaven University

The Dance Department at Belhaven University, a liberal arts institution located in Jackson, Mississippi, offers undergraduate and graduate instruction in dance with an emphasis on the integration of Christian faith and learning. Belhaven’s dance students are encouraged to expand their technical, artistic, and creative capacities in an environment that aims to nurture body, mind, and soul.

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January 2015 | College Close-Ups | University at Buffalo (SUNY)

The University at Buffalo (UB), the flagship institution in the State University of New York (SUNY) system, has 20,000 undergraduates in 100 programs. Within this bustling research university is the Department of Theatre & Dance, dedicated to the development of the next generation of theater and dance artists.

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December 2014 | College Close-Ups | Roger Williams University

Roger Williams University in Bristol, Rhode Island, offers its dance students professional-level experiences within the framework of a liberal-arts college curriculum. These experiences may include multiple guest artist residencies, study abroad in London, and yearly participation in the National College Dance Festival.

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