The UCM Dance Program:
The dance program at UCM is designed to train dancers, choreographers, and performers with particular attention to artistryand technical dancing. UCM is interested in creating an overall “intelligent dancer”- meaning a dancer that is fluent in various dance techniques, kinesthetic awareness, improvisation and compositional skills, performance experience, and production knowledge. We are committed to nurturing and stimulating a student’s interest in dance with a balanced program that will offer all of these elements. UCM Dance operates with an open door policy encouraging students to participate in the art of dance in a variety of ways, allowing them to develop skills useful in their careers and life situations.
UCM Dance offers dancers a unique opportunity to discover, develop, and display their dance talents, potential, and creativity. A broad dance curriculum emphasizes both physical and cognitive skills and includes classes for academic credit in:
Modern Dance I & II
Ballet Dance I & II
Tap Dance I & II
Ballroom Dance I & II
Special Topics: Stretch & Strength
Musical Theatre Dance
Beginning Fall 2014, students are now able to declare a minor in dance at UCM! The courses required for the minor are here Minor courses. Please see your Academic Advisor to declare your dance minor.
Dance Performance & Choreographic Opportunities:
Performances and choreographic opportunities are an important part of the program, ranging in possibilities according to the student’s abilities, vision, and needs. There is a plethora of ways for students to be involved and share their dance talents.
Mainstage Musicals: Every fall semester and every other spring semester, the Theatre & Dance Department produces a musical in which dance students audition or apply to participate in as performers, Dance Captains and Assistant Choreographers. Students who are eligible to assistant choreograph must be currently enrolled or have completed the Choreography course.
Children’s Show: The Theatre & Dance Department produces a world premiere children’s show every other year that often involves choreography and/or stage movement. The children’s show is designed and choreographed by students. Students who have completed Choreography are eligible to choreograph for the show.
Spring Dance Concert: Auditions are held at the start of the spring semester for the annual Spring Dance Concert. The concert includes dance works ranging in a variety of dance styles such as modern, tap, jazz, hip-hop, ballet, musical theatre, and contemporary dance choreographed by students, faculty, and guest artists. Auditions are currently held on two separate days (The first audition is to select the dance concert company members and the second audition casts those dancers in the individual concert pieces.) Students who have completed Choreography are eligible to submit a proposal in the fall semester to choreograph a piece for the Spring Dance Concert.
Guest Artist Workshops: Throughout the academic year, the UCM Department of Theatre & Dance and the Performing Arts Series bring guest artist choreographers/dancers to campus to perform, teach master classes and choreograph a dance for the Spring Dance Concert. The master classes are open to all UCM students. Any student cast in the Spring Dance Concert is eligible to audition for the guest artist dance piece in the concert.
Dance Class Showcase: At the end of each semester, students enrolled in a dance technique course perform in a Dance Class Showcase as part of their Final Exam. With instructor permission, students may also present their own original choreography. This performance is free and open to the public and is held at the Highlander Theater.
BlackBox Experimental Theatre: Each semester students have the opportunity to submit a proposal to create original choreographic dance works for the BlackBox Experimental Theatre productions. For these shows, students find their own dancers and collaborate with other students to create a full evening of performances.
The UCM Department of Music’s Opera Theatre: Most recently, students also have the opportunity to dance in The UCM Music Department’s Opera Theatre performances in the spring semester.
Student Dance Organizations:
The UCM Dance Club: The UCM Dance Club is a student organization on campus that is affiliated with The UCM Department of Theatre & Dance. The organization promotes an enthusiasm for dance and serves to increase interest, stimulate creativity, and foster artistic achievement in dance through weekly dance classes, choreographing, and performing. The club serves as a major component for promoting the annual Spring Dance Concert and produces a major fundraising and promotional events on campus each year- Dancing with the Professors. The club is open to any UCM dance student and meets weekly. Classes are taught by students, faculty, and guest teachers ranging in a variety of dance styles. The UCM Dance Club strives to perform for various events on campus and in the Warrensburg community and participate in departmental activities and service opportunities. Members of the UCM Dance Club also attend the American College Dance Association every spring.
American College Dance Association:
The UCM Department of Theatre & Dance is an institutional member of the American College Dance Association (ACDA). UCM students and faculty attend the Central Region conference every spring and participate in four days of performances, workshops, panels, and master classes in various idioms taught by instructors from around the region and country. ACDA exists to support and affirm dance in higher education and its primary focus is to support and promote the wealth of talent and creativity that is prominent throughout college and university dance departments. The conferences also provide the unique opportunity for students and faculty from more than 25 regional institutions to have their dance works performed and adjudicated by a panel of nationally recognized dance professionals in an open and constructive forum. Culminating with the presentation of pieces selected for their exemplary artistic quality, the conferences are the primary means for college and university dance programs to perform outside their own academic setting and be exposed to the diversity of the national college dance world. The UCM Department of Theatre & Dance has a limited amount of funding to support registration fees for students; however, we encourage all students who are interested and can pay their own registration to attend ACDA to take advantage of the outstanding concerts and classes. If you would like to attend, please let us know! For more information: www.acda.dance
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