Dance at Grand Valley

Bachelor of Arts in Dance (BA) | Dance Minor



Welcome

The Grand Valley State University Dance Program pairs rigorous technical training with support of students' personal artistic growth as performers, choreographers, and dance scholars. Through study of dance techniques including modern, ballet, and jazz, dancers hone their craft in small classes. Additional opportunities in pointe, men’s technique, and partnering are available. Ample performance opportunities challenge students’ versatility, and classes in choreograph, history, and theory underpin students’ physical practice. The GVSU Dance Program enables each dancer to interact within a dynamic group of performers while building a network of resources for their future career.


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Degrees Offered

Dance Degrees Offered

The B.A. in dance provides students extensive training to develop and refine techniques in various idioms of dance. Students develop their abilities through a wide range of courses combining practical and theoretical skills that emphasize critical thought and growth as an artist. The department encourages collaboration across disciplines and provides opportunities to explore innovative areas in dance history, theory, dance and technology, choreography, pedagogy, anatomy and physiology, and production. We highlight performance opportunities in the work of world-renowned guest artists, maintain currency in the dance community at large, and graduate informed members of the dance community. Class sizes are small and offer each student individual attention from dance faculty.

Admission

Participation in the dance program is by audition only. Audition information can be found at gvsu.edu/mtd/danceaudition. When considerable geographical distance prevents a personal audition, the applicant may, with the permission of the program, submit a DVD or link to online video containing ballet barre and center classroom work and modern or jazz center classroom work along with a resume. Scholarships are awarded on the basis of individual talent and potential, and are renewable annually if performance and academic standards are maintained. Auditions will consist of a ballet technique class, a modern technique class, performance of a short solo, and meeting with the faculty.

Course Catalog: B.A. in Dance Student Learning Outcomes: Dance, BA Apply

For those students interested in continuing their dance training on a less intense course, we offer the Dance Minor. A student choosing to minor in dance must complete a minimum of 23 credit hours in dance. 

Admission

Participation in the dance program is by audition only. An audition schedule and application form can be found at gvsu.edu/mtd/danceaudition. When considerable geographical distance prevents a personal audition, the applicant may, with the permission of the program, submit a DVD or link to online video containing ballet barre and center classroom work and modern or jazz center classroom work along with a resume. Scholarships are awarded on the basis of individual talent and potential, and are renewable annually if performance and academic standards are maintained. Auditions will consist of a ballet technique class, a modern technique class, performance of a short solo, and meeting with the faculty.

Course Catalog: Dance Minor Apply


Performance Opportunities

Dance Company

In addition to classes, workshops, informal showings, and student choreography concerts, dance students have the opportunity to perform with the GVSU Dance Company. 

The Dance Company performs the works of faculty and guest artists, along with select student works, in two annual mainstage performances. These concerts are held in the Louis Armstrong Theatre on the GVSU Allendale campus. Keep an eye on our events calendar to see when you can join us.

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Momentum

MOMENTUM is a student-service organization focused on providing dance experiences to the wider GVSU and Grand Rapids communities. MOMENTUM is focused on teaching excellence in technique and performance. Our goal is to serve as an outlet for students to work on their dance technique and serve the community through the art of dance. This is a great way to meet new people interested in brightening the community and sharing the passion for dance. MOMENTUM will showcase student choreography and dance in an end of the semester performance, where all donations collected will be given to the charity of the organization members choosing. 

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Get Connected to GVSU Dance

Freshman Dance Co. at ArtPrize Project One

The GVSU Freshman Dance Company performed with saxophone professor Dr. Dan Graser at the kick-off for ArtPrize Project One on Saturday, September 7th. 

Left photo: Freshman Dance Company poses on Heather Hart's "The Oracle of the Soulmates"

Right photo: Freshman Dance Company with GVSU President Philomena Mantella

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Dance Events

Fall Dance Day

November 1, 2019 All Day

Dance at Grand Valley Audition Date

November 8, 2019 All Day

Fall Dance Concert

November 23, 2019 7:00 PM

Fall Dance Concert

November 24, 2019 2:00 PM

Fall Senior Dance Concert

December 6, 2019 7:00 PM

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gvsumtd Tonight in the Dance Studio Theatre (HCPA 1600) at 7:00 PM: EVERYTHING HAS A CORNER Faculty Dance Performance From choreographers Carrie Brueck Morris (GVSU) and Angela Yetzke (Hope College). Admission is free! 📸: Darren Breen 💃: Kaye Suarez

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Learn more about the GVSU Dance Program from this video created by Jenny Barreca, a 2018 graduate of the GVSU Dance Program.

This video follows two Dance Majors through the development of their Fall 2015 Senior Capstone Projects culminating in the Senior Dance Concert. Each senior is responsible for a group piece and solo piece.

Learn from Dance Faculty Member, Carrie Morris, why you should be a part of the GVSU Dance Program.  See the full spotlight on Carrie here.


The Dance Program is part of the Department of Music, Theatre, and Dance. 

The Department of Music, Theatre, and Dance belongs to the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, a student-centered and diverse learning community that engages in critical inquiry, extending knowledge to enrich and enliven individual and public life. Learn more at gvsu.edu/clas/.