The dance performance degree is focused on developing employable dancers for the entertainment industry. The program focuses on tap, jazz, theater dance and ballet as used in musical theater. Dancers 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.
In addition to superior dance training, dance performance majors receive vocal and acting training to unleash their triple-threat performing capabilities.
Equally important as technical development, 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.
In addition to dance technique classes and a
strong liberal arts foundation, dance performance majors take courses in...
Dance History understand the history of dance to help shape the future
Musicals educating dancers about the value and job opportunities in Broadway musicals
Anatomy & Physiology learn how the body is constructed to ensure proper alignment and movement
Dance Health learn proper nutrition and care for a dancer’s body
Pedagogy (tap, jazz, and ballet) understand the art of teaching and the principles of technique for all ages
Contract Law for Performers learn how to comprehend contractual agreements
Management for Performers learn about unions, agents and other performer associations to prepare yourself for a career in show business
Career Preparation research audition throughout the country, audition preparation, development of professional portfolio
Extensive performance opportunities are available through the American
Spirit Dance Company, Spirit of Grace Liturgical Dancers, the OCU Pep Dancers, the Student Choreography Show, and the Oklahoma Opera & Musical
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 Performance degree.