The Dance program features both major and minor programs of study. The Dance major is a four-year program leading to a Bachelor of Science in Education degree. The Dance Program curriculum focuses on intellectual, creative, and technical dance endeavors, while offering interdisciplinary experiences in theatre, music and kinesiology. The program emphasizes both modern dance and classical ballet as well as a lesser focus, jazz dance. Program options are designed to expand each student's dance competencies and can be tailored to meet a student's specific dance interests and talents. Dance faculty are committed to individualized experiences and promoting professional excellence for our students. Admission to the program presently does not require an audition. All prospective students are encouraged to contact Associate Professor Deborah Tell, Dance program coordinator (see Kinesiology faculty biography). An interview, tour of the remodeled dance facilities, and individual discussions with the Dance faculty and students can be arranged at an applicant's convenience.
The Dance minor is a 25-29 hour program, serving students wishing to further develop their dance talents while majoring in another area. It is designed to complement many other BGSU majors and still allow students to graduate in eight or nine semesters.
The Dance program is housed primarily in Eppler North, part of the $20 million renovated Eppler Complex. In addition to the faculty office suite adjacent to the student lounge, a modern, fully-mirrored ballet studio and the spacious Mary "Eli" Whitney Dance Studio serve as the Dance program's practice, rehearsal, and performance spaces. Campus dance concerts also use stage and theater facilities in University Hall and the Musical Arts Building.
The Mary "Eli" Whitney Dance Studio
The dance curriculum provides a strong foundation in anatomical bases, movement technique, and dance theory and history. Students choose a concentration in either modern dance or classical ballet. The program stresses the interdisciplinary nature of dance as a creative art form, as a humanities area of study, as a pedagogical endeavor, and as an integral part of human movement. Students are encouraged to study and acquire competencies in related areas in order to fully develop their creative and artistic talents as individuals. In addition, a number of service courses are offered to interested BGSU students in jazz, ballroom, folk, and other dance forms.
Repertory Dance Ensemble
A special feature of BGSU's dance program is the on-campus performing company, Repertory Dance Ensemble . Membership in the company requires a yearlong commitment and focuses on developing professional skills and artistry in dance performance. Both students and faculty compose the membership of the RDE company. Admission auditions for RDE are held twice annually in the Fall and Spring semesters. Performance and choreography opportunities include the annual on-campus dance concert in January, the Spring Dance Showcase, the American College Dance Festival, Discover Toledo Dance Concert, lecture/demonstrations, master classes and residencies, OAHPERD state performances, and interdisciplinary performing events such as the New Music and Art Festivals and the Prima Vera Gala.
Other Dance Opportunities
The BGSU Dance program offers a number of unique activities and programs for the University and northwest Ohio communities. In addition to courses and master classes ranging from modern and ballet to tap, jazz, folk, square, and ballroom dance, interested persons may participate in the student Dance Alliance which offers a number of activities including Dance Showcases each semester.