dance

WOU’s Dance program gives you the chance to evolve your performance skills. Learn how to be more creative while also achieving technical expertise. Explore the history of dance and how its roots affect professional practice today. Our experienced faculty will support you in applying your dance skills while gaining the theoretical knowledge that can serve as the foundation for your future in teaching, further study or opportunities as a professional in the performing arts.

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credits required for the Dance major

students enrolled in the Dance major

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of students are assigned multiple advisers devoted to guiding them through their four years at WOU

Sample four-year degree plan

Learning outcomes

  • Demonstrate strong technical skills in a variety of dance idioms and vocabulary, as well as a working understanding of body structure, conditioning and wellness
  • Demonstrate a significant body of theoretical and historical knowledge pertaining to the dance field
  • Produce scholarly/creative projects, solve professional problems independently, and demonstrate a well-developed intellectual/aesthetic focus

Career opportunities

  • Resident/guest choreographer
  • Tour management
  • Professional dancer
  • Artistic director (dance company, festival)
  • Dance critic
  • Studio Teacher/Owner

Dance minor

The WOU Dance minor program is robust; students have the opportunity to explore a wide range of dance offerings that can improve their skills. In addition to technique courses, students choose from electives that include Creative Dance for Children, Drumming for Dancers and Rhythmic Awareness.

credits required for the Dance minor

Faculty

JENNY AMPERSAND

NTT Lecturer, Theatre/Dance
ampersandj@wou.edu

MARITA CARDINAL

Professor, Health & Exercise Science
503-838-8023 | cardinm@wou.edu | RWEC 243

XINYUE CHEN

, Theatre/Dance
chenxi@wou.edu

TED DECHATELET

NTT Assistant Professor, Theatre/Dance
503-838-8879 | dechatet@wou.edu | RA 103

RAY FINNELL

Events Manager/Sound Designer, Theatre/Dance
503-838-9298 | finnellr@wou.edu | RA 108

CYNTHIA GARNER

NTT Assistant Professor, Theatre/Dance
503-838-9513 | garnerc@wou.edu | OPE 210

SCOTT GRIM

Professor, Theatre/Dance
503-838-8417 | grims@wou.edu | RA 105

SANDRA HEDGEPETH

Associate Professor, Deptartment Head, Theatre/Dance
503-838-8739 | hedgepes@wou.edu | RA 107

DAVID JANOWIAK

Professor, Division Chair, Theatre/Dance
503-838-8593 | janovid@wou.edu | RA 101

AMY MCDONNELL

NTT Assistant Professor, Theatre/Dance
503-838-8827 | mcdonnella@wou.edu | OPE 207

KENT NEELY

Professor, Theatre/Dance
503-838-9253 | neelyk@wou.edu | RICE 106

SHARON OBERST

Professor, Theatre/Dance
503-838-8243 | obersts@wou.edu | OPE 211

MICHAEL PHILLIPS

Professor, Theatre/Dance
503-838-8433 | phillipm@wou.edu | RA 104

DARRYL THOMAS

Professor, Theatre/Dance
503-838-8375 | thomasd@wou.edu | MH

LESLIE WATANABE

NTT Assistant Professor, Theatre/Dance
503-838-8263 | watanabel@wou.edu | OPE 208

RYAN WRIGHT

Technical Director, Theatre/Dance, Theatre/Dance
503-838-8861 | wrightr@wou.edu | RA 112A

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Contact Us

Phone: 503-838-8461

Email: janovid@wou.edu

Location: Rice Auditorium (RA 105)

Box Office Phone: 503-838-8462