School of Music, Theatre
and Dance

Varner Hall, Room 207
371 Varner Drive
Rochester, MI 48309-4485
(location map)
Academic Office: (248) 370-2030
Box Office: (248) 370-3013
Fax: (248) 370-2041
mtd@oakland.edu

Dance

Arrive a student and leave a dancer when you join Oakland University’s Dance Program which is committed to innovative, high standard pre-professional training. We provide elite opportunities which prepare students for the transition from student to dance professional.

Students have the opportunity to apprentice and work alongside Michigan’s premiere dance company, the Eisenhower Dance, which is Oakland University’s resident professional company. And our two student dance companies, the Oakland Dance Theatre and the Oakland University Repertory Dance Company.

OU's dance program is one of only 75 university programs in the nation accredited by the National Association of Schools of Dance.
Bachelor
Degrees
The Dance Program at Oakland University offers a Bachelor of Arts in Dance and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance. The dance program regularly hosts a variety of guest artists, and students have many opportunities to present their work, both on and off campus.

Students regularly participate in the American College Dance Festival and may perform with the two student dance companies – the Oakland Dance Theatre and Oakland University Repertory Dance Company. The Eisenhower Dance also is in residence at the university, and students have the opportunity to apprentice and perform with this professional company.

With concerts, classes and a vigorous enrichment program, graduates of OU’s dance program possess energy, enthusiasm and a top-notch education. They tap their creative and intellectual potential through interaction with faculty, guest artists and other students, and they graduate from the program prepared for a myriad of careers including performer, teacher or graduate student.

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance

The Bachelor of Fine Arts degree is intended for students who wish pre-professional and professional preparation in dance. The B.F.A. program is designed for students who wish to concentrate on performance and choreography. Grounded in a contemporary dance aesthetic informed by traditional/classical modern dance principles, our unique program aims to produce top-notch performers and choreographers through progressive study of technique, kinesiology, pedagogy, choreography and somatic principles. Professionally experienced faculty teach through an innovative curriculum to produce highly skilled and well prepared graduates for the dance field.

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance Education and Performance

The Bachelor of Fine Arts degree is intended for students who wish pre-professional and professional preparation in dance as a dance teacher. Students must successfully complete the performance production requirement, the events attendance requirement and the senior interview as described in the department’s Undergraduate Dance Handbook available on the  department website, oakland.edu/dance. Students should consult with the departmental adviser in the College of Arts and Sciences  Advising Office to plan their  degree program.

Bachelor of Arts in Dance

The B.A. degree in dance provides students with a broad-based specialization in dance within a liberal arts curriculum.  Students develop their ability to write and speak clearly about dance and related subjects in the context of a broad-based specialization in dance within a liberal arts curriculum. Students develop their ability to write and speak clearly about dance and related subjects in the context of a broad education in sciences, humanities, social sciences and the arts. Students gain a global understanding of the context dance serves in society and are prepared to work in a variety of dance settings including but not limited to arts administration, establishing a dance school and other dance-related businesses, as well as performance.

Bachelor of Arts in Dance Education

The B.A. degree is for students who wish a broad general education as a dance teacher, without a high degree of specialization in dance. Students must successfully complete the performance production requirement, the events attendance requirement and the senior interview as described in the department’s Undergraduate Dance Handbook available on the department website. Students should consult with the departmental adviser in the College of Arts and Sciences Advising Office to plan their degree program.


Note: As of Fall 2017, Oakland University will move from a 3-digit course numbering system to a 4-digit system. Click here for the 3-digit/4-digit changes.

Minors
Minor in Dance

Students wishing to minor in dance must audition to be admitted into the program and complete a minimum of 20 credits in dance

Each academic degree program and minor requires students to audition to be admitted.

Note: As of Fall 2017, Oakland University will move from a 3-digit course numbering system to a 4-digit system. Click here for the 3-digit/4-digit changes.