The Wichita State University School of Performing Arts DANCE PROGRAM offers a unique approach to pre-professional training with students earning a B.F.A. in Dance or a B.A. in Dance with emphasis on dance technique and related studies. All degrees culminate with a senior project.
WSU offers a balance between professional faculty and nationally recognized GUEST ARTISTS that stresses strong technical training, regular performances, choreographic opportunities, and academic course work in order to develop both an educated and artistic performer. The Dance Program trains students in the craft of dance as a performing art in order to establish careers as performers, choreographers, and educators.WSU prepares dancers for the diverse demands of professional careers with a triple emphasis degree program in modern, ballet and jazz. Our dance curriculum includes kinesiology, dance history, three levels of choreography, methods of teaching dance, and mime theatre. In support of the Musical Theatre Program, we offer classes in tap and musical theatre dance.
The program sponsors professional touring companies and performances have included master classes with Aspen Santa Fe Ballet, Complexions Contemporary Ballet, Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company, Doug Varone & Dancers, Hubbard Street Dance Company, Parsons Dance Company, Pilobolus, Momix, Ballet Trocaderos, Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Marcel Marceau, and Paco Pena Flamenco Company.
The program organizes tours for the Wichita Contemporary Dance Theatre (WCDT), the program’s resident touring company, and for the Alithea Mime Theatre, a professional company in residence at Wichita State University. WCDT and Alithea have toured abroad to Colima, Mexico; Warsaw, Poland; San Juan, Puerto Rico; Shanghai, China; and Taiwan.
Performances during the year typically include:
Students also have opportunities to perform with company arts organizations such as Ballet Wichita.
Scholarship auditions are held in November of each year or can be completed by appointment. The
Dance Program has been accepted as a partner with the Midwest Student Exchange Program (MSEP) allowing students to enroll for reduced out-of-state tuition (Nebraska, North Dakota, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Indiana, Wisconsin).
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