Department of Theatre, Dance and Media Studies

Dance

 

It’s an exciting time to join a growing liberal arts program of study in theatre and dance that is centered on a philosophy of cross-disciplinary instruction and experiences in performance, direction, choreography, design, technology, and history. After a two-decade hiatus, theatre has re-emerged on campus and is now joined by dance providing a wide range of opportunities for students to perform and create in the state-of-the-art, Touhill Performing Arts Center, which opened on campus in 2003. 

The B.A. degree in Theatre and Dance provides majors with both a solid core of theatre and dance courses and also the flexibility to design a course of study tailored to the individual student’s interests. Students with credits earned within the existing B.A. in Communication/Theatre Emphasis degree may choose to complete that degree plan, or transfer those credits to the Theatre and Dance degree. Non-majors are welcome to enroll in Th&Dan courses and several of the courses satisfy general education requirements. Students in other disciplines may also elect to pursue a Minor in Theatre and Dance. 

The theatre and dance faculty are committed to excellence. They are dedicated educators and accomplished professionals in their specialties, and while high standards are maintained in the classroom and on-stage, the faculty remains accessible to students and is committed to providing a safe and nurturing environment for students to explore, expound, and excel in the art and craft of theatre and dance. 

Dance Program

Our dance students graduate with a Bachelor of Arts degree in theatre and dance. We offer a wide variety of classes in dance which include modern, ballet, jazz, dance composition and more. We produce two dance concerts each year which are performed in the state of the art Touhill Performing Arts Center. In these concerts, students are given an opportunity to choreograph, develop their performance skills and work closely with faculty. Every year our dance program participates in the American College Dance Festival which is held in various cities throughout the Midwest. 

Visiting Guest Artists

Once again, we are honored to have Michael Uthoff in residence for a series of 8 ballet classes. Mr. Uthoff was a principal dancer and choreographer for the Joffrey Ballet. Currently, Mr. Uthoff is Artistic and Executive Director of Dance St. Louis. Because of our unique relationship with Dance St. Louis our dance program sponsors workshops with some of the finest dance teachers in the world. For example, this year we will have residencies from the Paul Taylor Dance Company and Pilobolus Dance Company. We will also have other workshops held by Ballet Met, Armitage Gone and other local artists.