Dancing at Bucknell
All Bucknellians are encouraged to expand their knowledge of dance performance, composition, history and technique by taking classes in modern, jazz, and/or ballet technique, dance history, dance composition, and any of the master classes offered throughout the year.
The Fall Dance Showcase and the spring Choreographers' Showcase, under faculty direction, feature the experimental works of students in both dance technique and composition classes as well as the choreography of faculty and guest artists. The Showcases offer performance opportunities for students without demanding a huge commitment of time.
Auditions are held toward the beginning of each semester in a one hour format that consists of a brief modern warm up and phrases that travel across the floor. The Showcase performances enjoy enthusiastic support from students, faculty, staff, and the surrounding community.
Bucknell Dance Company
The Bucknell Dance Company is a faculty-directed and student-run organization sponsored and funded by the Department of Theatre and Dance. The Company's primary goal is to present quality, pre-professional, exciting, and innovative dance performances for the campus and the greater community.
All interested dancers are invited to audition for the company where they may contribute their talents as performers, choreographers, and potentially as elected officers. Dance Company members participate in a variety of residencies and commissioned choreographies by internationally-renowned guest artists.
Bucknell Dance Company is a relatively large time commitment that includes a Sunday company class with the entire ensemble taught in different dance styles by faculty and guest artists. Rehearsals run approximately 2-5 hours a week, yet the schedule offers some flexibility to accommodate academic interests.
Auditions are held every year in the first few weeks of the fall semester. The audition, orchestrated by professors and company members, consists of a ballet barre followed by a range of combinations in ballet, modern and jazz, including phrases across the floor.