Dance classes to welcome students from all majors beginning in fall term

Roger Coda
students dancing in studio

The Department of Theatre and Dance is rolling out the welcome mat to its non-major dance classes for all enrolled students to help strengthen its connection and presence on the campus.

The classes were previously limited to students enrolled in a Theatre and Dance curriculum who were not candidates for a B.F.A. in Dance.

“Our main goal and hope is that we can help connect Department of Theatre and Dance majors and minors with students who want to learn about dance but studying other majors. This will help build connections and community on campus that might lead to collaborations or interdisciplinary research projects,” explained Assistant Professor Anthony Alterio.

Students from all disciplines who are interested in dance are welcome.

“We are looking for all types of students to enroll, ones who have dance experience, ones that are interested in learning about dance and those who have no experience at all. If you are a student who doesn’t like to sit in a lecture class but wants to get up and move to some music, these are the classes for you,” Mr. Alterio explained.

Beginning in the Fall 2021 semester, level 1 non-major classes that include jazz, contemporary and ballet will be offered, followed by level 2 classes in the spring, giving students the opportunity to progress through the forms and two different levels.

Courses slated for the fall term include: DANC 111 section 2, Contemporary 1, taught by Alterio, and DANC 112, section 2, Ballet 1, taught by Associate Professor Samantha Kenney. Department approval is not needed to enroll in either course.

Students will need to seek department approval to enroll in DANC 113, section 2, Jazz 1, taught by Senior Lecturer Angelika Summerton. She can be contacted via email for more information about this course and departmental approval.

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