Theatre, Cinema & Dance Program


Frequently Asked Questions
Can I enroll in a dance course more than once? Yes.
Do I have to have dance training before I take a classes? No. Courses are open to students with or without a background in dance. Some courses have prerequisites or require permission of the instructor.
What do I wear to dance class? Each class syllabus has guidelines for dance attire and shoes. Attire varies from dance clothes to pedestrian/street clothes you can move in depending on the course content. Ballet and Tap shoes are required for for Basic Tap and Ballet courses.

Artwork By: Zac Covault

Being a non-trained dancer before taking these classes, it was a great way to learn basic dance techniques in several different styles of dance. For the more experienced dancers, it was a great way from them to re-visit the basic techniques of dance."

Alumni Derek Thompson

I think the best thing about the dance classes offered at Western is that they are for all different levels of dancers. I personally have been dancing since I was two and I still felt pushed to learn new things when I took tap 1!"

Senior Nerissa Lee

Fall 2014

Ballet (DAN 114)
unnamed-1 This is a beginning- level dance course in classical ballet technique. Discipline, coordination, musicality, strength and flexibility are emphasized. Prerequisite: Beginning Dance or equivalent.

Tuesdays and Thursdays 9:30-10:50am
Dance Performance (DAN 120)
DSC_0325 Develop and perform a choreographed dance on stage called, The Life Story Project. The project will be based on a collaboration between students and guest artists who have been diagnosed with permanent injury, disease or illness such as, but not limited to traumatic brain injury, MS, Polio, Parkinson's Disease and/ or Cancer. Dancers of all backgrounds and levels (beginning through advanced) are needed for this Fall project. No prerequisite, but enrollment in Dance Improvisation (DAN 310( is strongly recommended. Instructor approval required.

Tuesdays and Thursdays 11:00-12:00pm
Dance Improvisation (DAN310)
dance-2 Come explore spontaneous choreography and movement. Studies include solo and group improvisation as well as in-studio and site-specific work. No prerequisite.

Tuesdays and Thursdays 12:30-1:30pm
Hip Hop Dance (DAN199)
Come learn how to Hip Hop! Tuesdays and Thursdays 2:00-2:55pm