Modern Dance is the the focus of dance programs in the School of Theatre and Dance.
Majors pursue a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in either Dance Performance or Dance Education (Pre-K through Adult licensure). All dance majors receive strong support in dance composition, ballet and jazz. Our students are also required to take a variety of dance academics, theatre courses and, of course, the liberal education courses.
We have a fine faculty of talented professionals who are committed to producing the highest caliber of dancers. In addition, we have a rotating artist-in-residence position. This allows students the opportunity to work with artists in the professional dance world. Master classes and company residencies are offered as opportunities arise.
Numerous performing and choreographic opportunities give our students valuable stage experience and the Kent Dance Ensemble, our touring repertory company, performs in area schools as well as presenting their own concert each year.
All prospective majors and minors must audition for acceptance into the program. Students are allowed to audition on a first to register basis, with the audition being closed when registration slots for a particular date are filled. Registration forms must be received by the Dance Division at least three weeks prior to the audition. This ensures an audition atmosphere that will enable faculty to fairly assess your talents. Prospective dance majors must make an appointment with the Dance Division Director before the date of their audition.
Merit scholarships are available in dance through the Honors College at Kent. These Creative Artist Awards are for talented high school seniors with high academic grade point averages and test scores who plan to enter Kent as freshmen. Prospective scholars must be recommended by their high school guidance counselors and may be assessed during any of the scheduled audition dates in their senior year of high school. For more information please contact the Honors College at (330) 672-2312.
We realize how important it is to find a program that is best for you. Contact me if you would like to observe, take a class or talk with me more fully about our program.
Dance Division Director