*Virginia Commonwealth University

Virginia Commonwealth University Dance and Choreography

LOCATION: Richmond, VA
YEAR EST.: 1981
DTCB COLLEGE REPRESENTATIVES: Courtney Harris, Trebien Pollard
PROGRAM EMPHASIS: Contemporary Modern Dance and Choreography
CONTACT: Websitedance@vcu.edu
SOCIAL MEDIA: Facebook | Instagram


The VCUarts Dance community seeks to shape the future of the field. We are a vital, energetic department with an established reputation, diverse guest artist program and professionally active faculty dedicated to student success. Graduates of our program thrive as performers, makers, teachers, administrators, and in many other facets of the field of dance.

Dance is a pre-professional program that provides students with numerous opportunities for individual artistic growth in a community that values communication, collaboration, and self-motivation. The department, an accredited member of the National Association of Schools of Dance, provides an invigorating educational environment designed to prepare students for the demands and challenges of a career as an informed and engaged artist in the field of dance.

– Samantha Spies (2005): on July 5, 2019, Samantha was announced as the co-artistic director of Urban Bush Women.
– Kara Robertson (2016): Artist in Residence at Mudhouse in Crete, Greece. 2019 Session Two Artists. July 15-29, 2019.
– Tariq O’Meally (2015): hired in Sept 2019 as the Visiting Artist Series Program Guest Curator at the Clarice University of Maryland, College Park.
– Christine Wyatt (2018): “Provocations Performance: Christine Wyatt.” Choreography and performance. Institute for Contemporary Art at VCU. September 20-21, 2019. REVIEW.
– Kara Robertson (2016): Her company KARAR Dance Company performed Kara’s choreography “Circadian” at the Dogtown Presenter Series. Richmond, VA. October 18-26, 2019.
– Hallie Chametzky (2018): “No You’re Not a Bad Person If You Don’t Want to Take a Virtual Dance Class.” Dance Magazine. April 3, 2020.
– Hallie Chametzky (2018): hired as the Archiving Specialist at Dance/USA.
– Elsie Nielson (2019): “I Dreamed of Solace.” Choreography and performance. RDF 2020. Isolation to Creation. Dogtown Dance. Richmond, VA. May 1, 2020.
– Johnnie Cruise Mercer (2014). 2019-2020 Artist in Residence at Brooklyn Arts Exchange.
– Johnnie Cruise Mercer (2014). “_AShadowPrince.” Choreography and performance. New York City, NY. May 30, 2020.
– Johnnie Cruise Mercer (2014). “The Indigo Kid.” Choreography and performance. Queerly Contemporary Festival. Week 1: June 4, 2020.
– Burr Johnson (2008). “METEO.” Choreography and performance. Queerly Contemporary Festival. Week 2: June 11, 2020. – Charlie Maybee-Farrell (2014) and Tariq O’Meally (2015). “Tariq O’Meally: How Can I Be of Service?” DC Dance Journalism Project. May 30, 2020.
– Ronnique Antoinette (2011) and Emerald Holman (2017): Performing artists with Step Afrika! DC.
– Christine Wyatt (2018). Nominated as Best Choreographer for Passing Strange, Firehouse Theatre. 2019-2020 Artsie Awards. Richmond, VA.

Students interested in VCU Dance will have to submit a separate audition. Details regarding our video audition process will be available here.