Dance

The Dance Program

The Dance Program is part of the Glenn Korff School of Music in the Hixson-Lied College of Fine and Performing Arts. The Dance Studio and dance faculty offices are located in Mabel Lee Hall. Dance classes are also held in the Johnny Carson Theatre at the Lied Center for Performing Arts.

Dance Faculty & Staff

Susan Levine Ourada
Associate Professor of Dance
Head of the Dance Area

Rhea Gill
Lecturer of Dance

Joie Meador
Lecturer of Dance

Lynne Nevin
Lecturer of Dance

Michelle Blanton Strong
Lecturer of Dance

Vincent T. Learned
Staff Accompanist 

Classes

Dance classes are open to all UNL students according to the prerequites listed in UNL Bulletin. Ballet and modern dance classes are the primary techniques offered with elective classes in other areas including:

  • Choreography for the Camera
  • Choreography & Technology
  • Social Dance

Program of Study

The program of study in dance offers a progression of classes, enabling you to take beginning, intermediate and advanced technique classes in a designated order. This has made for more skilled dancers who are able to participate in dance program concerts and department productions as well as community projects.

Other courses for you as a dance major include:

  • Introduction to Dance
  • Dance History: 20th Century and Beyond
  • Dance Composition
  • Kinesiology and Injury Prevention
  • Dance Pedagogy
  • Music for Dance and Repertory
  • Improvisation and Performance

Degrees

The UNL Dance Program offers a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Dance, as well as a minor. Both majors and minors in dance must successfully complete an audition.

Performances

Performances are an integral part of the UNL Dance Program. The concert season includes one major production with works by faculty and guest artists each year and two informal productions which include student choreography and works in progress.

You also have the opportunity to participate in mainstage productions with the Glenn Korff School of Music and the Johnny Carson School of Theatre & Film.

Performance opportunities in the Lincoln area for dancers and choreographers include:

  • Lincoln Community Playhouse
  • Haymarket Theatre
  • Lincoln Contemporary Dance Ensemble
  • Omaha Theater Dance Company
  • The Moving Company
  • Lincoln Midwest Ballet Company

You will also attend the Regional American College Dance Festival, where your choreography is presented and adjudicated by superb dance artists and teachers.

Guest Artists

Dance students are given exceptional opportunities to attend master classes and workshops from guest artists and members of professional dance companies who are brought directly to the dance program or are performing at the Lied Center for Performing Arts. Most recently students have worked with Jenna Riegel from Bill T Jones/Arnie Zane Dance company (who created a work on the UNL dancers that will be presented in 2012 at the regional ACDFA conference), Paul Besaw from the University of Vermont and Misa Table, Jeff Curtis, formerly with Shapiro and Smith, and Jan Van Dyke. In addition, for three years Troika Ranch was at the University as part of a Doris Duke Charitable Trust Creative Campus initiative and worked extensively with the Dance Program including involving the students in the creation of a new work that premiered at the Lied Center.

Earlier artists have included Richard Alston, Beijing Modern Dance Company, River North, Pilobolus, Hubbard Street Dance Theater, Miami City Ballet, David Parson's Dance Company, Twyla Tharp Dance Company, Diavolo and Ballet Hispanico. Most recently, the Dance Department has welcomed Daniel Kubert from Bill T. Jones Dance Company for a one year residency and has sponsored such guest artists as Carol Mezzacappa from DanceConsort (New York City); John McLaughlin formerly principal dancer with Douglas Dunn Dance Company (New York City); Kim Robards, Artistic Director of Kim Robards Dance Company (Denver); Kennet Oberly, former dancer with Stuttgart Ballet and former artistic director of Ballet Iowa; Rhythm McCarthy, professor of dance at Southwest Missouri State University and former dancer with North Carolina Dance Theatre; and Dadisi Sanyika, artistic director of Dembrebrah West African Drumming and Dance Ensemble (Los Angeles).