Yes! Please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org, with the following information:
- Current year in school, and where you are from.
- Date of campus visit, and time of your AU Tour (if you already have one scheduled).
- Current interests in Dance.
An audition is not required to become a Dance Major or a Dance Minor. If you're interested in either program of study, please make an appointment with the Dance Program Director, Erin Foreman-Murray, to discuss how the Major or Minor could be a good fit for your interests and to map out your plan of study.
Students will need to participate in a Level Placement class, in order to register for a Level II or III Embodied Knowledge (technique) course. No placement or special permissions are needed for Level I courses. Level Placements occur in August, December, February (for new incoming students) and April.
Level Placement includes exercises from various dance forms including African, Ballet, Contemporary, Jazz and Tap. Faculty observe and assess your skills, and will place you into the appropriate level dance course for your current abilities as a dancer. Level Placements are offered every semester and are not required for Level I Embodied Knowledge courses. Students are required to participate in all movement forms as it allows faculty to see the holistic dancer.
Auditions for performance opportunities in AU Dance Program productions, such as CHOREOLAB and the Spring Dance Concert, happen in September and December each year.
Yes! AU’s Dance Program brings in new guest artists each year to teach master classes and/or to set choreographic work on the AU Dance Company (AU/DC). We’ve recently hosted or will soon welcome guest artists Charles O. Anderson, Tiffanie Carson, Tatiana Desardouin, Cynthia Gutierrez-Garner, Marcia Howard, Christopher Morgan, Sarah Beth Oppenheim, Juan “Coel” Rodriguez, Zoe Scofield, Rosy Simas, and B-boy Toyz aRe Us.
Yes! The Dance Program at AU encourages students to consider studying abroad and will work with students to fit a semester or year abroad into their plans for the Dance Major or Dance Minor. Many Majors and Minors are able to take courses abroad that will work into their program of study.
AU Dance offers multiple levels of African dance, ballet, contemporary, dance improvisation, jazz, tap, musical theatre styles, somatics (including pilates, yoga, LMA, Alexander technique) and urban dance forms (inclduing breaking, house, locking, popping, waacking).
Dance technique courses are capped at 18 students for safety purposes and to ensure that our classes are a great place to learn!
There is no limit per semester — you’re limited only by what you can fit in your overall course schedule.
The primary dance studio, in the Katzen Arts Center, is equipped with a Harlequin fully sprung, marley-covered floor (installed 2016), portable barres, multifunction stereo, projection, and wireless internet connection. Classes and rehearsals may also occur in the Katzen Studio Theatre, a black box theater space. Performances are generally held at the Harold and Sylvia Greenberg Theatre, and the Abrahamson Family Recital Hall.
Yes. AU students can request time in the Katzen Dance Studio. Bookings are processed by Dance Program administrators, and must be requested 48 hours in advance.
There are several student-run dance clubs that students can participate in throughout the year, including AU in Motion, Ballroom Club, Bhangra Dance Club, and the K-Pop Club. These clubs are best found via social media, AU Community Showcases or Club Fairs.
Yes! At AU you can perform every semester! Performance opportunities include:
CHOREOLAB: a workshop for student choreographers presented on the Greenberg Mainstage.
Dance Capstone: projects created by senior Dance Majors that are presented in new venues each year.
AU Dances: a twice-a-year performance of the work happening in our Embodied Knowledge classes.
DANCEWORKS - Annual Spring Dance Concert: Mainstage performance featuring the American University Dance Company (AU/DC).
American College Dance Association Conference: Each spring, some of the casts from AU/DC also travel to perform at the American College Dance Festival.
Student Clubs: student-led dance clubs at AU that perform on and off campus including AU in Motion and the Ballroom club.
Performance opportunities are open to all students regardless of major or minor. The majority of performance opportunities require an audition, held throughout the year, or registration in a dance course.