ECU’s School of Theatre and Dance offers BFA degrees in both dance performance and dance education. Both are professional degrees preparing the student for either a professional performing career or for licensure to teach in the public schools.
The ECU dance program gives equal emphasis to the core techniques of ballet, modern and jazz, ensuring that dance majors reach the advanced level in each. Upperclassmen may concentrate in one area while completing their other technique requirements or may continue to balance their training in all three core techniques.
In addition to taking these technique classes, dance majors take courses in improvisation, composition, choreography, dance history, and theatre. ECU has strong programs in both tap and pointe, offering beginning to advanced levels in each. Students may also take elective courses in partnering and ballroom, as offered. Other elective courses in anatomy, kinesiology, and professional preparation have recently been added to the curriculum, along with repertory classes in ballet, modern, jazz, and tap.
Dance performance majors are required to audition for regular mainstage dance concerts and senior concerts. Dance education majors, while not required, are strongly encouraged to audition for all dance performances. Auditioning for other performances is encouraged.
Performance majors are required to perform in at least one School faculty- or guest-choreographed mainstage dance concert and either an additional mainstage dance concert, an ECU/Loessin Playhouse musical theatre production, or other equivalent performance experience as determined by the dance faculty.
ECU’s dance program requires an audition for all entering freshmen and transfer students to be accepted as intended dance majors. (See Dance Audition page for details.) Students are admitted to the program in the fall semester only.
Dance students accepted into the program may declare a dance major during the fall semester of their freshman year; however, to maintain their status as dance majors, they must pass an examination by a dance faculty jury the following spring. They must attain a minimum grade of C in all required dance classes, and must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5. Dance education majors must fulfill other specific requirements in order to be admitted to Upper Division prior to their internship in the public schools.
I'm sending out our updated Dance Activities Calendar along with the updated rehearsal schedule for the first few weeks of the semester. You'll find a few changes from the schedule sent out in May, so please read through both documents to begin planning ahead. In particular, please note the change in the hip-hop audition schedule (now on Sunday night, 8/31). We're all very excited to have Joe-Joe "Grooves" Smith coming to work with us and I know that it will be one of the major highlights of the coming year.
Also, please be on the lookout for additional emails regarding our Dance 2015 auditions, the Dancer Alignment Assessment Project (headed by the fabulous Teal Darkenwald!) and even our inaugural ECU Dance Blog. It's going to be a great year and I look forward to sharing it with all of you!!!
ECU Dance Blog
2014-2015 Dance Calendar
Dance Major Professional Standards and Codes of Conduct
Degree Program Information