Dance at WKU
Western Kentucky University is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Dance.
WKU Dance is one of only a few college programs in which you will be able to train and perform in each of these four dance genres. Our curriculum ensures both BA in Dance majors and dance minors will gain technical and performance experience in the genres of ballet, jazz, modern, and tap dance, explored in both concert and commercial dance forms. Dance History, Choreography courses, Dance Pedagogy, and Dance Anatomy and Kinesiology are taught through the lens of these collective dance forms rather than a singular perspective to further add dimension and awareness to your liberal arts education. We believe that exposure to multiple genres of dance diversifies your training thus enhancing your artistic self. Along with this technical foundation in ballet, jazz, modern, and tap dance, you will also have the opportunity to focus deeply in your preferred genre(s) through numerous elective hours and advanced technique courses in all 4 genres.
If you choose to pursue our 45 credit-hour BA in Dance degree program, you will also need to complete a minor or a secondary major. Through this combination of degree programs, you are afforded the opportunity to integrate your dance study with a focused area of interest in preparation for your unique career. Dance faculty are read to mentor and advise you through their individual path of study.
We aim to Create Thinking Artists…
Through the liberal arts setting, we are committed to providing excellence in dance education and preparing students to be engaged citizens.
Create ~ The WKU Dance Program promotes student creativity by providing dance students a multitude of diverse creative opportunities. The curriculum supports four Choreography specific courses, and creative projects are essential components within many dance courses. Our program features an informal student choreography showcase each semester and an annual formal student choreography concert. Dance faculty mentor student choreographers yet offer room for students to fully realize their distinct creative voice.
Thinking ~ The WKU Dance Program fosters the cognitive, intellectual, and collaborative nature that is inherent within the dancer. Through coursework and independent research, faculty mentor and nurture student scholarship at various levels. Interdisciplinary research, often grant-supported, is encouraged, providing the student a deeper experience in the art of dance. The BA in Dance and dance minor curricula are taught from a holistic approach and allow students to form thoughtful connections between dance and other fields of study.
Artists ~ The WKU Dance Program strives to develop the performing artist. The program features ample performance opportunities for the student dancer with bi-annual faculty/guest artist choreographed main stage concerts and several campus, local, and regional performances throughout the academic year. Performance opportunities continue through student concerts and class showcases. Beginning in the student’s first semester, they have the opportunity to develop and hone their artistry, which is further shaped by curricular discussions and practice.
It is the mission of the WKU Dance Program to provide a comprehensive dance education that includes technical training, ample performance and choreographic opportunities, and a cross-disciplinary approach to research and scholarship in order to develop diverse dancers prepared to contribute in all aspects of the ever-evolving field of dance. By integrating dance and general studies, we strive to create Thinking Artists, individuals who work to achieve their highest potential as artists, technicians, and scholars.