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Dance

School of Music, Theatre, & Dance

The dance program at Anderson University balances mind, body, and spirit. Our goal is to create an environment where students explore creativity and movement. The program encourages students to experience faith and spirituality and excel in dance academics and theory.

Core requirements include technique courses in ballet (Vagonova and Cecchetti), modern, and jazz as well as improvisation, and partnering for ballet and modern. Because we focus on excellence, courses in the AU dance program are taught by some of the finest professionals in the field, including guest choreographers and guest faculty.

WHY CHOOSE AU?

 

  • A rare find. Anderson University is one of the few Christian universities to offer a dance program.
  • Flexible degree with individualized attention. Students can create their own college experience focused on their passions and career goals with small classes that let faculty get to know them as individuals.
  • Highly skilled and experienced faculty. At Anderson University, our dance faculty members are practicing professionals in the fields of dance, theatre, or musical theatre.
  • Comprehensive curriculum. Dance majors are required to take a variety of core courses. They also have the flexibility to choose their focus and select from a variety of related courses across campus to complete their individual dance degree.
  • Rethink. Reinvent. Reimagine. Our dancers focus on refining the body, sharpening the mind, and exploring an open environment to deepen connections between spirit and faith, becoming well-balanced individuals with the skills to pursue professional interests and servant leadership.

Program Overview

Dance

Students in the dance program at Anderson University have opportunities to choreograph works for the main stage and audition for guest artist works. While here, students can also attend and participate in ACDA, NDEO, IADMS, PAMA, APDF, and IDTA conferences and festivals with the option of earning college credit. Our dancers are encouraged to intern and spend a great deal of time honing their craft, their understanding of movement, and their expression of faith. Scholarships are available.

We prepare dance majors for careers in performance, choreography, business, teaching, science, therapeutic practices, or higher education depending on their skills and interests. With a common core, students are empowered to discover their strengths and passions and then pursue them with excellence. Focused study in one of the concentrated tracks prepares them for careers or further study.

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Options

  • Graduate with a B.A. in Dance in four years
  • Complete the 4 + 1 program, from BA to MBA
  • Pursue a complementary major in Dance alongside your primary major
  • Earn an 18-hour minor in Dance

 

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Program Tracks

Choose your path:

  • Performance prepares students for careers in performance and choreography. It also creates a foundation for graduate study in dance and a variety of related fields.
  • Business prepares students to own or manage their own studio or to manage a company. It sets groundwork for them to serve as artistic directors or continue their study with graduate work in a variety of dance-related fields.
  • Pedagogy is based on NDEO Accrediting Standards to prepare students to teach in studios or pursue graduate study. This path of study helps students prepare for (or seek concurrent) CiDE Certification in Dance Education, which is necessary for work in K-12 classrooms.
  • Science prepares students for careers in performance or as company techs, studio techs, or health techs. It serves well in preparation for EMT or Paramedic certification, massage therapy, or graduate study in dance, biomechanics, dance kinesiology, or somatic/expressive/dance therapy.
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Careers

Each track of the B.A. in Dance has its own goals for career preparation. All dance program tracks prepare students for graduate study in dance performance, history, anthropology, cultural studies, or performance studies.

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Performances

Students perform in two major dance events each year, and in Anderson University’s Candles & Carols, the annual Christmas concert. Student annual performances opportunities include:

  • Fall Into Dance
  • Spring Into Dance
  • Candles and Carols
  • Chapel
  • Homecoming
  • Faculty and guest artist concerts
  • Opportunities to audition for AU’s musical theatre and opera productions
  • Select off-campus events
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Classes

The classes for the dance program include:

  • Dance as a profession
  • Dance in global community
  • Dance composition
  • Dance improvisation
  • Technique classes in modern, ballet, jazz and/or tap
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Summer Dance Intensive

Learn more about AU’s week-long dance intensive offers high school and college students experiential training in a variety of dance forms. The program includes yoga, pilates, modern, ballet, jazz, world dance, improvisation, and repertory.

OUR DANCE FACULTY

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Brittany Bain, an employee at Anderson University in Indiana

Brittany Bain

Professor of Modern Dance

Brittany Bain, an employee at Anderson University in Indiana
Brittany Bain

Originally from Wabash, Ind., Brittany currently resides in Indianapolis, where she is a dance instructor and choreographer. Brittan graduated summa cum laude from Ball State University in Muncie, Ind., with a Bachelor's degree in Dance Performance. She is also a graduate of Florida State University's School of Dance with a Master of Fine Arts degree in Choreography and Performance. Upon graduation from FSU, Brittany lived in Rochester, N.Y., where she was a member of the contemporary dance company, BIODANCE, under the direction of Missy Pfolh Smith.

Also a project-based choreographer, Brittany's work has been selected for presentation at The Breaking Glass Project in New York City, ChEck Us Out Dance Festival in Central Park, DUMBO Dance Festival in Brooklyn, N.Y., and The Citigroup Theater at The Ailey Studios. Beyond her courses at AU, Brittany is also on faculty at Indy Dance Academy where she teaches ballet, jazz, and tap to students of all ages.

She has been a part of the Anderson University dance faculty since 2014.

M.F.A., Florida State University

 

McKenzie Baird, an employee at Anderson University in Indiana

McKenzie Baird

Dance

McKenzie Baird, an employee at Anderson University in Indiana
McKenzie Baird

McKenzie is a native Indianan who loves the hospitality and downright friendliness of the Midwest. She received her bachelors in dance from Point Park University and her MFA in dance from Florida State University. She blends a combination of technical acuity with proprioceptive and bio-mechanical training to help students achieve their personal best. As a project-based choreographer McKenzie has set works in cities across the US including: NYC, Seattle (Velocity), Chicago (NorthSide) and here at home (Motus Dance Theatre and MamLuft & Co).

McKenzie is also a Pilates Certifying Instructor focusing on helping artists use the Pilates method to cross-train and support their arts.

M.F.A., Florida State University

Jane Hachiya Weiner, an employee at Anderson University in Indiana

Jane Hachiya-Weiner

Ballet, pointe, variations

Jane Hachiya Weiner, an employee at Anderson University in Indiana
Jane Hachiya-Weiner

Jane Hachiya-Weiner has been a vital part of the Indianapolis dance community since 1985 when she joined Indianapolis Ballet Theatre. Originally from Japan, she studied with the Hirofumi Inoue Ballet Academy in Setagaya-ku, Tokyo, Japan, graduating from the Academy and becoming a company member the Hirofumi Inoue Ballet Company in 1979. She eventually became principal dancer of the Hirofumi Inoue Ballet Company during her 8 years with the Company, studying and dancing in Tokyo and abroad with the company in England, Scotland, France, and Italy.

Jane is educated in several of the most celebrated training techniques: RAD (Royal Academy of Dance) syllabus and the Vaganova (Russian) syllabus. She is an ABT ® (American Ballet Theatre ®) Certified Teacher, who has successfully completed the ABT © Teacher Training Intensive in Pre-Primary through Level 5 of the ABT © National Training Curriculum. She is also designated an ABT ©Affiliate Teacher in that she has successfully presented students for National examinations. Currently, she is the only teacher in the state of Indiana with the ABT © Affiliate Teacher designation, and her teaching career began in Indiana when she was appointed director of the Academy of the Indianapolis Ballet Theatre during her final years as a professional dancer.

After her tenure at Indianapolis Ballet Theatre, she joined the faculty of Jordan College Academy of Dance at Butler University from 1998 -2009 and was appointed adjunct faculty for the dance majors at the Jordan College of Fine Arts Department of Dance as their pointe technique teacher in 2002. Currently, Jane is the artistic director of Ballet Theatre of Carmel at Performer's Edge - a pre-professional ballet company and an educational component of the Performer's Edge School of the Performing Arts in Carmel, Ind.
Jane has been a part of the Anderson University dance faculty since 2012.

Hirofumi Inoue Ballet Academy
Ballet, pointe, variations

Doug King, an employee at Anderson University in Indiana

Doug King

Jazz, tap, musical theatre

Doug King, an employee at Anderson University in Indiana
Doug King

Doug has a bachelor's degree in theatre with an emphasis on musical theatre and dance from Ball State University. Jazz, tap, and musical theatre are his specialties. He was active in starting the dance program at Anderson University in 2000. His dance study has been in North Carolina, New York, Toronto, Minneapolis, and at Butler University. He has danced with Dance Kaleidoscope, Indianapolis Ballet, and Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre. In the Theatre, he has worked extensively in Chicago and Indianapolis with Beef and Boards Dinner Theatre. Doug was a cast member of the first national as well as the Canadian national tour of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat where he performed in Toronto, Vancouver, Minneapolis, and Chicago. He has been a part of the AU dance faculty since 2000.

B.A., Ball State University

Jayma Lallathin, an employee of Anderson University in Indiana

Jayma Lallathin

Dance Academics

Jayma Lallathin, an employee of Anderson University in Indiana
Jayma Lallathin

Dr. Lallathin is considered to be both a dancer and a scientist. She has a passion for dance and a brain for science. From a young age, she sought a career that would combine, rather than limit, her ability to continue her involvement in both. She earned a B.A. in Kinesiology from Purdue University with a minor in dance and continued her academic pursuits at Ball State University, where she received a M.S. in Biomechanics for her thesis, "Skill Acquisition and Learning in Dance: A Traditional vs Biofeedack Approach." She continued her research at the University of Georgia, where she was awarded with a Ph.D. in Biomechanics. Her dissertation, entitled, "The Effects of Foot Position on Balance Displayed by Classically Trained Ballerinas in Passe," focused on technique differences exhibited by a change in shoes. Her current research interests focus on physiological changes, and their effect on technique performance. She is an active member of the American Society of Biomechanics (ASB) and the International Association for Dance, Medicine, and Science (IADMS). She has been chosen to present her research at several small regional conferences affiliated with ASB, and also at the annual IADMS conference.

Through her teaching, Dr. Lallathin aims to improve the anatomical awareness of dancers in hopes to improve technique, lengthen dance careers, and reduce dancer injuries. She has been a part of the Anderson University dance faculty since 2016.

Ph.D., University of Georgia

Mónica Muñoz, an employee at Anderson University in Indiana

Mónica Muñoz

Ballet, pointe, character

Mónica Muñoz, an employee at Anderson University in Indiana
Mónica Muñoz

Born and raised in Puerto Rico, Monica trained with Ballet Concierto de Puerto Rico, dancing roles in Serenade, Swan Lake, Giselle, Coppelia, Don Quixote and Les Sylphides among others. In 2002, she had the honor to participate and perform in the X Curso International de la Danza in El Escohal, Spain, led by Alicia Alonso and master teachers of the National Ballet of Cuba. In 2005, she joined Milwaukee Ballet II performing in Michael Pink's Dracula, Swan Lake and Kathryn Posin's Scheherazade.

Monica later joined the Louisville Ballet, under the direction of Bruce Simpson and Helen Starr. While with the company, she enjoyed performing in a diverse repertoire including Raymonda, Andre Prokovsky's The Great Gatsby, Lila York's Celts, Graham Lustig's Between Stillness, Val Caniparoli's Vivace, Alun Jones' Cinderella, and Adam Houghland's CoW Virtues. Among her favorite roles include "Rum & Coca Cola", in Paul Taylor's Company B, "Arabian" in Val Caniparoli's The Nutcracker and "Dew Drop" in Michelle Jarvis' Waltz of the Flowers.

Monica earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in dance pedagogy from Butler University. She has taught and choreographed at Bluegrass Youth Ballet, Louisville Ballet Youth Ensemble, and the Blue Grass State International Dance Festival. In 2009, her choreography for the Louisville Ballet Youth Ensemble Vals de la Mar was chosen to perform at the SERBA festival in Montgomery, Ala.

Most recently Monica worked as faculty, and guest choreographer with Central Indiana Academy of Dance, and as assistant guest choreographer for Harvard University's Ballet Company. She is currently associate director to Kids Dance Outreach, an Indianapolis based non-profit that gives free dance education to underserved youth. Monica also teaches at Ballet Theatre of Carmel.
She has been a part of the Anderson University dance faculty since 2014.

B.A., Butler University
Ballet, pointe, character

Kenny Shepard, an employee at Anderson University in Indiana

Kenny Shepard

Jazz, composition, musical theatre dance

Kenny Shepard, an employee at Anderson University in Indiana
Kenny Shepard

Kenny is an on-camera choreographer for Broadway Jr., MacMi I Ian/McGraw-Hill, and The Disney Collection of educational DVDs seen worldwide. Recently, his choreography for Mulan Jr. was featured at The Kennedy Center's Family Theatre. Nationally, Kenny works with iTheatrics, teaching master classes and workshops in dance and musical theatre.

He is also co-owner of the live production company, Blue-Eyed Events, producers of theatrical projects starring Grammy, Tony, Emmy, Dove, CMA award winners, and American Idol stars. Regionally, Kenny directs and choreographs in Florida, Pennsylvania, Illinois, and Arizona and won the Arizona Theatre Award of Excellence for Best Director of a Musical (SWING!).

His on-stage credits include Off-Broadway, Atlantic City, Branson, regional theatre, opera and cruise ships to the Americas, Africa, Europe, Scandinavia and Russia including featured roles in Cats, West Side Story, Crazy For You, The Wizard Of Oz, Swing!, White Christmas, Some Enchanted Evening and over 1,000 performances of Beauty And The Beast, playing Belle's prince at Disney World's Hollywood Studios.

Locally, Kenny won an Encore award for Best Choreography (CHICAGO) and has directed/choreographed for ACT, The Children's Museum's Lilly Theatre, Circle of Lights, The Madame Walker Theatre, The Pyramid Players, and Indy Fringe. Kenny performs locally for Beef and Boards and for Actors Theatre of Indiana and is a member of the dance faculty at both Anderson University and at his alma mater, Butler University.

He has been a part of the Anderson University dance faculty since 2011.

B.A., Butler University
Jazz, composition, musical theatre dance

Debra Silveus, an employee at Anderson University in Indiana

Debra Silveus

Modern, improvisation

Debra Silveus, an employee at Anderson University in Indiana
Debra Silveus

Born in Indianapolis, she graduated from Jordan College Academy of Dance. She moved to New York where she received a BFA in dance from the State University of New York at Purchase. Some of her performance experience includes works from Neil Greenberg, Jacquelyn Buglisi, Stephanie Tooman, and group and solo works by Shen Wei. Since her return to Indianapolis in 2004, she has been working with Motus Dance Theatre as a choreographer and dancer. She was also on the board of directors for Motus Dance Theatre.

She has been a part of the Anderson University dance faculty since 2008.

B.F.A., SUNY Purchase
Modern, improvisation