110 Morrow Field House
The Department of Dance at Slippery Rock University promotes dance as an art form through the creative, technical, expressive and intellectual development of each student. The dance faculty members offer personalized attention to each individual. Superior educational experiences in performance, choreography, and teaching, with additional components of wellness for dancers and dance technology, will prepare students for their chosen profession and role in society.
Nora Ambrosio, Thom Cobb, Jennifer Keller, Nola Nolen-Holland, Jaya Mani, Ursula Payne, Melissa Teodoro
“My dance experience and education at Slippery Rock University was a well rounded and exciting one. My education enabled me to become an artist-in-residence in the public schools and develop my own dance company and dance studio in my hometown. I was able to have not only a great dance education but also a great opportunity to perform, travel and learn how to become an individual that can stand out from the rest. I am proud to represent SRU as an accomplished alumnus and recommend their dance program to all of my students. The faculty was and is always encouraging and supportive of me. I look forward to visiting and seeing the program grow each year.”
Anna Pishner ’94
Owner and operator of Anna’s Expressions of Dance
in Clarksburg, WV, and
Artistic Director of Allegro Dance Company
Slippery Rock University Dance Theater and the Jazz Dance/Tap Ensemble are the dance companies in residence at SRU. These companies perform many concerts throughout the year, both on and off campus. The department is a member of the American College Dance Festival and travels to these regional festivals every year. The department participates in the PA State Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance Conference and the Eastern District Association Conference. The department touring company, The Rock Dance company, performs many lecture/demonstrations at area and regional elementary schools, senior centers and other locations. Dance majors have also traveled to Europe where they have performed in Lyon, France and London, England. The department also has a Dance in India program, where dance majors study and teach in India. The dance honor society, Sigma Rho Delta, is opened to dance majors who meet the membership criteria. Outstanding guest artists are brought to campus each semester to provide residency activities for students. The department also commissions new choreographic works from nationally and internationally known artists, as well as historic works biennially.
The department offers a 3 to 9-credit internship as an elective. Recent internships have included working in arts administration with a professional modern dance company, apprenticing with a professional ballet company as a costume design assistant, doing public relations for major dance venues in Washington D.C., and working at major dance centers in New York City.
The Department of Dance is an accredited member of the National Association of Schools of Dance and the only Dance Department in the State System of Higher Education.