School of Dance

Developing a lifelong love  of dance.

Department of Classical & Contemporary Dance

• Folk Dance and Tap
• Classical and Contemporary Dance
• Graduate Dance Clinic
• Showboaters Touring Ensemble

Undergraduate courses in this department promote a lifelong love of dance through instruction in techniques of classical and contemporary styles. Students gain an understanding of ballet, contemporary, jazz and lyrical dance, adding to their repertoire of arts experience and engagement. Dancers also learn to work together as a group on-stage as they rehearse numbers for performance in the community. Graduate level dance courses expand upon learned ballet, jazz, and choreography skills in a course of study designed to teach techniques for teaching dance to children. Selected children attend some classes as teaching subjects, and participating students become comfortable with the concept and process of teaching young children with differing abilities. 

Department of Latizmo Productions

• Latizmo Dance
• Latizmo Production Development and Dance Touring Company

This innovative combination of hip-hop, salsa, and other urban styles instructs undergraduate and graduate students in working together toward development of choreographed group numbers. Students are engaged by contemporary music styles and dynamic, energetic instruction as they rehearse pieces to be performed at community-based events.