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Dance Department

Why Choose the Dance Department at Eastern?

Eastern’s Dance Department is led by a faculty of dance professionals whose expertise includes education, performance, choreography, community based arts, multicultural & African studies, dance medicine & science, and multimedia exploratory works.  The course work and community environment in the dance program engage students on physical, intellectual, social, and emotional levels anchored in Christian spirituality, which helps to shape a well rounded and grounded dance professional.

Students in Eastern’s Dance Department have the opportunity to immerse themselves in both curricular and extracurricular dance experiences such as:

  •     Fall and Spring Dance Concert Productions
  •     Senior Dance Productions
  •     Historical Research
  •     Dance Medicine and Science Research
  •     African and Multicultural Research
  •     Dance Repertory
  •     Dance Guild
  •     Eastern Dance Ministry (monthly performances at Chapel)
  •     Field Experiences
  •     Internships

Auditions:  An audition is required for acceptance into the dance major.  Dance minors must audition for leveling.

What the Dance Department Offers

Major

Minor

Dance Department Mission Statement 

The Dance Program of Eastern University provides dance education in a Christian setting, enabling students who are interested in careers in dance to integrate their faith with the discipline of dance.  The program approaches the study of dance in a comprehensive manner, balancing the academic curriculum with performance production.  The development of satisfactory technical performance based on sound biomechanical principles is supported by engagement with historical, socio-cultural and aesthetic theory, exploration of creative potential,  instruction in pedagogical practice and understanding of anatomical principles. The course work and community environment engage the individual on physical, intellectual, social, and emotional levels anchored in Christian spirituality--shaping a dance professional who is well-rounded and grounded.

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