University Studies - Dance Concentration

  • Dance Concentration student

The concentration is 120 hours of classes from the area of concentration, core curriculum classes, two minors and electives.  Although not required, the following minors complement the concentration: business, music and theatre. Students in the Dance program are eligible to receive dance scholarships. Dance students are part of the Dance Program, and have the opportunity to participate in events throughout the year.

Admissions

To be admitted to an HLKN undergraduate program, you must apply follow all Undergraduate Admissions requirements. In addition, applicants to the Dance Program must participate in an audition process. Submit your application to the University as soon as possible. Both acceptance by the University AND acceptance by the Dance Program through the audition process are required.

For full audition schedule and requirements, visit the Dance Audition page.

Performance

Performance opportunities include: an annual dance concert (Perpetual Motion), Faculty Arts Showcase, Choreographers' Showcase, Senior Concerts, informal performances, student organization concerts, performances throughout the community and on campus and state, regional, and national/international gala performances.  Dance faculty often receive grants for other performances throughout the university in collaboration with faculty from other colleges.  Students are also given the opportunity to attend various festivals and conferences.

The Dance Program also offers students the capability to work with guest artists in master classes, watching performances and learning repertory.  This not only gives students an unique opportunity to build their resumes, but to work with a variety of professionals in the field. 

Dance Wellness

Students who enter the concentration program undergo an extensive screening process known as the Dancer Wellness Project. Through this screening dance science students and faculty work closely with the graduate students and faculty in the Athletic Training Program to assess the dancers strengths and weaknesses. This testing enable students to learn about the areas of the body they need to work on as well as give information to the faculty about the overall structure of the student’s body. This gives us information for students and faculty to work within a students structure in a safe way to gain a strong technique in dance.

The information from these assessments are put into a data base where students have access to their profiles. This data base will allow students to know where their strengths and weaknesses are and give them specific exercises (with video instructions) to help improve their overall technique. Students are assisted through this program with dance faculty and are re-evaluated every year.