University of South Florida

University of South Florida School of Theatre & Dance

LOCATION: Tampa, FL
YEAR EST.: 1970
DEPARTMENT LEADERSHIP: Marc Powers
DTCB COLLEGE REPRESENTATIVES: Michael Foley, Andrew Carroll
DEGREE PROGRAMS OFFERED: BFA Modern or Ballet Performance, BA Dance Studies
PROGRAM EMPHASIS: Modern, Ballet, Choreography
CONTACT: Websitedboe@usf.edu
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PROGRAM OVERVIEW:
DanceUSF offers a close-knit community of fellow artists and scholars. With about 90 majors, the DanceUSF Program is housed in its own Dance Center on the USF Tampa Campus with three dedicated dance studios and is connected to our proscenium theatre and black box mainstage performance spaces. The B.F.A. in Dance Performance focuses on the professional development of dancers and choreographers. The B.A. in Dance Studies offers an individualized program for students who, in addition to their dance training, wish to explore the relationship between dance and another academic area.  The curriculum for all dance majors is comprised of daily dance technique in both ballet and modern. 

Faculty members are well-known professionals with experience as dancers, choreographers, and teachers.  In addition guest artists regularly augment the full-time faculty roster as visiting artists; recent artists have included Robert Moses (Robert Moses Kin), Alonzo King (LINES Ballet), Doug Varone, Trisha Brown and Jennifer Archibald.  Students have the chance to perform and study abroad through faculty-directed opportunities such as the USF Dance in Paris summer and semester programs. DanceUSF also offers two Certificate Programs: Dance Medicine and Science and Advanced Dance Studies.  Please visit https://www.usf.edu/arts/theatre-and-dance/

NOTABLE ALUMNI:

  • Nicole Vaughn-Diaz (BFA Dance Performance, 2013), Kate Weare Company
  • Jermaine Terry (BFA Dance Performance, 2005), The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre
  • Dazaun Soelyn (BFA Dance Performance, 2014), former member of the Robert Moses’ Kin dance company; Artistic Director of dazaun.dance in San Francisco; Adjunct Professor at the University of San Francisco
  • Melissa Anduiza (BFA Dance Performance, 2010), former dance with the North Carolina Dance Theatre
  • Antonio Morillo (BFA Dance Performance, 2017), Verb Ballets
  • Tyler Orcutt (BFA Dance Performance, 2012), Repertory Dance Theatre for 8 years
  • More alumni info available here.