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Dance Major

The Bachelor’s degree with a major in dance emphasizes a core of required classes as well as areas of specialization such as dance therapy, studio management, teaching, performance and choreography. In addition to modern dance, all dance majors receive in-depth training in ballet, dance history, teaching, choreography and, depending on their individualized curriculum, supplemental training in jazz, tap, ballroom, hip-hop and world dance forms. The expressive and technical attributes of dance students are developed through a broad range of performance and choreographic opportunities. These include the EMU Moveable Feat dance tour ensemble (which offers regional, national and international performances); Mainstage concerts in Quirk Theater and Pease Auditorium on the EMU campus; informal showings in Studio 106; and annual participation in the American College Dance Festival.

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In addition, students enjoy numerous master classes and guest artist residencies each year. Master classes have included work with the Cunningham Company, the Hubbard Street Dance Company, Demetrius Klein, Pilobolus, the Lyon Opera Ballet, and Ron Brown. Residencies have included Lori Bellilove with the Duncan technique, Biza Sompa with the West African (Congolese) technique, and Lisa Nicks of the Doug Elkins Company. In addition, jazz and hip-hop choreographers routinely offer classes and opportunities to perform their works.

EMU Catalog Description

The School of Music & Dance is part of the College of Arts & Sciences, 214 Pray-Harrold • Faculty Resources