The dance management degree is focused on developing employable dancers and managers for the entertainment industry. The dance management program has three core focuses: dance technique training, arts management instruction and business administration. The dance training core focuses on tap, jazz, theater dance and ballet as used in musical theater. The arts management and business administration cores focus on developing the knowledge and cultivating the expertise essential to managing successful arts organizations. Students develop technical and professional skills necessary to have life-long careers in show business.
Oklahoma City University offers ten levels of instruction
in each technique of tap, jazz, and ballet. Each semester students rotate through four to five teachers in each technique to expose students to multiple styles of instruction and choreography. By constantly being exposed to multiple professors each semester, students learn to adapt their personal style and technique preparing them to be comfortable in any audition situation.
Dance management majors take a variety of arts management classes to equip them with a wide variety of skills that will help ensure success in any entertainment career path. Arts management courses include:
Performing Arts Tour Management
Presenting and Sponsoring Performances
Managing Non-Profit Arts Organizations
Development and Fund-Raising
Managing Dance Studios
Business administration classes provide students with a sophisticated view of management and the skills necessary for effective leadership within arts organizations. Business classes include:
In addition to the three core areas, dance management majors receive a strong liberal arts foundation through general education requirements.
Equally important as educational growth, the professional development of students is central to the philosophy of the Ann Lacy School of American Dance and Arts Management. Students will learn how to take responsibility of their career path through career preparation courses and co-curricular activities.
Extensive managerial opportunities are available through the American
Spirit Dance Company, the Student Choreography Show, the Performing
Arts Ticket Office, a variety of special events, Oklahoma Opera & Musical
Theater Company, Oklahoma Children's Theatre, and domestic and international
This degree is designed for first time undergraduate students. Students who have already completed a Bachelor degree are not eligible to apply for the Dance Management degree.