May 23, 2019  
2018-2020 Undergraduate Catalog 
2018-2020 Undergraduate Catalog


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Pearl Stoner Instructional Complex-West Gym

Dance Office 115 West Gym

Temporary Location 211A Spotts World Culture Building until March 1, 2019



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 in a personalized environment. Superior education in performance, choreography, and teaching with additional components of wellness for dance, dance technology, and intercultural experience, prepares students for their chosen profession and entrepreneurial role in society.

Ursula Payne

Melanie Martin

Staff Musician 
Andrew Hasenpflug

Nora Ambrosio, Jennifer Keller, Jaya Mani, Ursula Payne, Melissa Teodoro, Lindsay Fisher Viatori

Temporary Faculty

Sara Caplan, Teena “Marie” Custer, Dr. Jessica Davis, Jesse Factor

Professor Emeritus

Professor Nola Nolen

Slippery Rock University - 2018-2020 Undergraduate Catalog

In general, the Professional environment of Dance and the performing arts in the 21st century is continuously evolving. Students pursuing a career in dance, increase their employability by understanding how teaching, performance, creativity, technology and entrepreneurial skills function together. The Department of Dance offers the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Fine Arts degree programs. Dance BA or BFA majors can obtain a Master of Science Degree in Adapted Physical Activity (offered by the Physical and Health Education Department). This innovative program is unique and is designed for dance majors who what to expand their credentials to integrate inclusive classrooms into dance, health, and wellness programs for people with disabilities of all ages. SRU students can also elect to minor in dance as a compliment to their major degree program.

The dance curriculum is designed for students seeking multilayered careers as dance professionals. It provides the advanced training needed to pursue performance, choreography, technology, administrative and teaching careers in dance and related fields. Students study contemporary dance practices in genres such as modern, jazz, ballet, Improvisation, partnering, hip-hop, afro-Colombian and classical Indian dance. Dance majors also develop advanced choreographic, leadership, pedagogy and research skills. Slippery Rock University is an accredited member of the National Association of Schools of Dance and the only Department of Dance in the State System of Higher Education.

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