The UB DANCE PROGRAM is a nurturing and challenging artistic community where Versatility Matters. The program values education fueled by stimulating professional performing and teaching experiences. The BA and BFA dance degrees include a depth and breadth of curriculum with equal emphasis on ballet, modern, jazz and tap. The department does not offer a minor in dance. Various options in preparing for professional dance careers are available. Coursework includes performance, choreography, pedagogy, somatic practices, movement analysis, history, criticism and research.
UNIQUE TO THE PROGRAM are offerings in comparative jazz styles and techniques. Additional offerings include: dance kinesiology, improvisation, music theatre dance, social dance, male dancer, partnering, Laban Movement Analysis, mind-body integration, creative movement, and internships in dance. This broad course of study combined with strong interdisciplinary general education requirements cultivate resourceful and informed artists that successfully pursue graduate study and/or work in the areas of concert dance, commercial dance, private sector and K-12 dance education, higher education, and dance journalism.
The Dance Program provides numerous PERFORMANCE OPPORTUNITIES for students to showcase performance and choreography in the Center for the Arts’s state of the art facilities. There are two student dance companies. Zodiaque Dance Company is the resident dance company at UB, presenting a main stage production each semester. Its companion company, Zodiaque Dance Ensemble, presents an annual spring concert. Both companies are also involved in special university and community projects from industrial styled performances to private and public out-reach performances. Eligible juniors and seniors present inventive, risk-taking choreography in Emerging Choreographers Showcase, mentored by the diverse faculty. In addition, Dancers Workshop, a student directed performance venue showcases the emerging voices of all dance students.
The DANCE FACULTY‘S eclectic professional backgrounds steeped in traditional and contemporary dance forms reflect this unique program and the rhythm of the 21st century. The dance faculty is involved in a wide range of research and creative pursuits extending beyond the campus both nationally and internationally. RECENT ACTIVITIES include: live performances with Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, REVERB dance festival, Goose Route Dance Festival, Toronto International Dance Festival, DUMBO, American Dance Guild, Philly Fringe Festival, Jazz Dance World Congress, and Vision of Sound; publications with Journal of Dance Education, Dance Magazine, Dance Teacher/Spirit and Dance Studio Life; conferences with INTERDANZA Mexico, National Dance Educators Organization, Dance Masters of America, Dance Teachers’ Club of Boston, Dance Teachers’ Club of Boston, American College Dance Festival Association, Society of Dance History Scholars, International Association of Dance Medicine and Science, and Congress on Research in Dance; master classes with Chicago National Association of Dance Masters, Joffrey/Magnus Midwest Midwest, and Philadanco. Working professional faculty along with prominent guest artists and company residencies enhance the UB educational experience and provide valuable networking opportunities for students.