*Illinois State University

Illinois State University Dance Program

YEAR EST.: 1948
DEGREE PROGRAMS OFFERED: BA, BS, Minor in Dance; BA and BS in Dance Teacher Education
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Students attending Illinois State University may pursue a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science in with Dance or Dance Teacher Education. Both sequences include coursework in improvisation, composition, dance history, rhythmic fundamentals, dance kinesiology and multicultural perspectives in dance. The dance program highlights three performance areas—modern/contemporary dance forms, classical ballet, and jazz dance—which are emphasized equally through a detailed and rigorous curriculum. A notable component of the program is the exposure to varied aspects of theatrical production and technology. Courses in creative technology, acting, stage make-up, costume design and light design complement the dancers’ curriculum. Both sequences are based on our belief that creative, theoretical, and kinesthetic work will merge to support the students’ growth as dance artists and educators. The dance performance sequence includes rigorous study in both technical and choreographic forms, concluding with a capstone senior seminar that assists students in creating individualized plans for their professional goals.

The Dance Teacher Education sequence leads to licensure in the public-school system and offers a diverse range of clinical experiences and pedagogical studies to prepare students for ta final semester of student teaching. The Dance Program hosts a pre-professional dance company, Dance Theatre, which produces two main-stage performances each academic year, showcasing faculty and guest-artist choreography.

Acceptance into either of the dance majors is based on an audition that includes a technique class of varying styles, a solo presentation and an interview.

Lindsey Miller – Company Member ABC Dance Company (NYC)
Edward Rice – works with Then She Fell and Alexandra Beller/Dances
Marideth Wanat – Dance Magazine 25 to Watch – Lehrer Dance
Niki Wallace – Senior Director of Marketing at Revolution Dancewear
Becca McClure – Manager of Talent at Revolution Dancewear
Taylor Oxley – Dancer with Pilobolus Creative Services /Teaching Artist for Pilobolus Dance Theatre
Christopher Marosi – Company Member at Giordano II.
Mark Hackman – Producing Director at Chicago Dance Crash
Kathryn Burrows – Artistic Director of the Monocle Eclectic Dance Company
Gina Decroix Russell – Ballet Mistress – The Springfield Ballet Company
Jessica Riss Waltrip – Faculty Member Illinois Wesleyan University
Marissa Moritz – Artistic Director Inspiracion Dance Chicago
Kacey Valentine – Head of Dance Carmel Catholic and dancer with Rodriguez Dance
Liz Green – Program Director at The Little Gym of Chicago
Richard Falls Jr. – Apprentice Company – Inaside Chicago
Julie Ratz – Artistic Director of The Springfield Ballet Company
Lucy Riner – Dance Educator at New Trier High School