*State University of New York at Buffalo

SUNY at Buffalo Department of Theatre & Dance
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LOCATION: Buffalo, NY
YEAR EST.: 1980
DEPARTMENT LEADERSHIP: Melanie Aceto
DTCB COLLEGE REPRESENTATIVES: Melanie Aceto, Jeanne Fornarola
DEGREE PROGRAMS OFFERED: BA, BFA, MFA
PROGRAM EMPHASIS: Ballet, modern, jazz, and tap, along with coursework in choreography, pedagogy, somatic practices, movement analysis, history, criticism and research.
CONTACT: Websiteubthd@buffalo.edu
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PROGRAM OVERVIEW:
The UB Dance Program is a nurturing and challenging artistic community where Versatility Matters. We value education fueled by performing and teaching experiences that prepare students for a variety of careers in the professional world of dance and beyond. Our BA and BFA programs include comprehensive training in modern, ballet, tap and jazz, along with coursework in choreography, pedagogy, somatic practices, Laban Movement Analysis, history and criticism, research, dance kinesiology, improvisation, music theatre dance, and social dance. Unique to our programs are offerings in comparative jazz styles. This broad course of study combined with strong interdisciplinary general education requirements cultivates resourceful and informed artists who work in concert dance, commercial dance, private sector, higher education, dance entrepreneurship, dance journalism and pursue graduate study. 

With numerous performance and choreographic opportunities and a robust roster of guest artists, UB graduates find success working on Broadway, national tours, Cirque du Soleil, Chicago Tap Theatre, Urban Bush Women, Gus Giordano Jazz Dance Chicago, Disney, and cruise ships, among many others. Because UB Dance is situated within a large research university and students have access to coursework in the humanities and sciences, our graduates also go into careers in chiropractic, exercise science, and arts management. 

NOTABLE ALUMNI:
Jenny LaRoche: SMASH TV show, SUMMER on Broadway, Rockette
Kurtis Sprung: World of Dance, Cirque du Soleil
Chris Howard: Dance Captain/Performer, American in Paris; Phantom
National Tour 
Chanon Judson: Urban Bush Women
Angel Mamolitti: Entity Dance Company, LA
Liz Kaltenbach: Physician’s Assistant/Le Moyne University
John Kasten: STREB Dance
Richard Ashworth: Principal Dancer: Chicago Tap Theatre
Cesar Salinas: Gus Giordano Jazz Dance Chicago
Melissa Hunt: National tour of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory: Swing
Jared Cutler: Dance Captain/Dancer at Norwegian Cruise Line
Jessica Caracciolo : Disney character
Andrea Fitzpatrick: Ballroom Dancer, Crystal Cruises
Nicole Benoit: National Tour, My Fair Lady
Tammy Bialek: Bialek Chiropractic