All Bucknellians are encouraged to expand their knowledge of dance. All levels of ability and experience are welcome!
The dance program offers students an opportunity to customize their experience, whether it's taking technique or theory classes, auditioning for and performing in dance showcases and concerts, pursuing a minor in dance, or all of the above. Students have the chance to work with faculty and guest artists, develop their own artistic voices, take on leadership roles, collaborate with peers, and engage in community outreach.
The dance program emphasizes solid foundations in ballet and modern with additional courses offered in jazz technique, social dance, Chinese watersleeves, musical theatre, and advanced training. Theory courses include dance composition, dance history, production and design, arts pedagogy, and interdisciplinary performance studies. Upper level technique courses are repeatable for academic credit to recognize the dancer's ongoing training. Guest artists from the professional dance world teach master classes and set choreography each semester. Students do not need to minor in dance in order to take classes.
Dance Showcases — The Fall Dance Showcase and the spring Choreographer's Showcase, under faculty and student direction, feature a wide array of new works by students who have taken Dance Composition, as well as faculty and guest artist pieces. Auditions occur at the beginning of each semester, providing a performance opportunity for students of all levels of experience. Rehearsal requires 1-2 hours of time commitment per week per piece. Beginning technique classes and student dance groups are also invited to perform. With such a diverse offering, the showcase concerts perform to sell-out audiences from the campus & surrounding community.
Dance Concerts — The Fall and Spring Dance Concerts featuring the Bucknell Dance Company are produced as part of the Department of Theatre and Dance's mainstage season. Students are invited to audition each semester to work with faculty, guest artists, and selected student choreographers. Concerts are fully produced with lighting, set, and costume designs by the professional faculty and staff in the department. Dance Concerts require a commitment of 4-12 hours of rehearsal per week in addition to enrollment in both technique class and a quarter-credit repertory course, in addition to participating in outreach and a weekly Sunday master class.
Arts Merit Scholarships are available to prospective students. Scholarships are awarded based on potential and ability displayed during an on-campus audition.
The best way to learn about dance at Bucknell is to come take class! If you have a chance to visit campus during the school year, please contact Kelly Knox, the Director of Dance, at firstname.lastname@example.org to set up a time to meet with dance faculty and find out about course offerings. (Technique classes run in the afternoons Monday-Thursday.)