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strong dance major for college (ballet)

janemacjanemac Registered User Posts: 432 Member
edited November 2008 in Dance Major
please list schools that have strong dance majors preferably in ballet with dance therapy and physiology & anatomy courses included. thanks!
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Replies to: strong dance major for college (ballet)

  • janemacjanemac Registered User Posts: 432 Member
  • PATSY55PATSY55 Registered User Posts: 94 Junior Member
    IU BLOOMINGTON. Indiana University is extremely competitive (and very good) for Ballet. There was an excellent documentary a few years back about their annual Nutcracker production. Im not clear on the title, but it was produced for PBS.
  • PATSY55PATSY55 Registered User Posts: 94 Junior Member
    Forgot to add---the ballet department is in the Jacobs School of Music.
  • janemacjanemac Registered User Posts: 432 Member
    thank you!
  • dancersmomdancersmom Registered User Posts: 582 Member

    I've brought up a thread on becoming a dance major for you.

    I'd like to suggest purchasing or borrowing the latest edition of Carole Everrett's "Performing Arts Major's College Guide". She lists many schools with strong dance departments.

    Off the top of my head I'd suggest looking at the U. of Utah. they have a close association with Ballet West. Their program is highly regarded.

    Florida State University has a very strong dance program. George Balanchine's great muse, Suzanne Farrell is on the faculty.

    Point Park University and Oklahoma City University are known for offering advanced level classes in jazz and tap dancing in addition to ballet and modern dance.

    Hope this helps a little.
  • paying3tuitionspaying3tuitions Registered User Posts: 13,330
    Smith College has a strong ballet major, I understand; and it's powerful in every undergraduate course you'd take related to anatomy, physiology, psychology building towards the option of taking a graduate degree as a therapist. If you don't see a course you're looking for in the Smith catalogue, understand that you can enrol in any course offered by another of the 5-College Consortium colleges (Mount Holyoke, Amherst, Hampshire or UMass Amherst). UMass might be especially good for finding the practical courses you seek.
    Smith's all-women but obviously the 5-college environment has men & women. Free shuttle busses link all 5 campuses.
    Smith's academically competitive, so be sure you have the academic stats to get in the front door!
    The City of Northampton, Massachusetts is dynamic, progressive and fun.
    Smith has my vote for "most beautiful campus" because it was designed by Frederick Law Olmstead, who also designed Central Park in NYC.
  • janemacjanemac Registered User Posts: 432 Member
    how close is smith to the four other colleges in the consortium?
  • taxguytaxguy Registered User Posts: 6,625 Senior Member
    Check out University of Cincinnati's College Conservatory of Music.
  • KatMTKatMT College Rep Posts: 4,008 Senior Member
    Proximity of smith to other schools in consortium... Do you mean "close" in terms of geography -- I think that they are all within a 15 - 20 minute bus ride.

    In addition I think that BoCo, NYU, and Julliard have programs with a good ballet base. The dancers I have worked with from these dance programs have a very strong classical training base.
  • cshep30cshep30 Registered User Posts: 24 New Member
    Does anyone have any info about Eugene Lang New School? Is it well known and respected? Their faculty appears very impressive! My D wants to go to Tisch but was wondering how it was at Lang in case she didn't get into Tisch. From what I see on their website, they only offer a BA not a BFA.
    Her focus is modern but she takes 4 ballet classes a week since everyone says how important ballet is at the auditions. Their price is quite high...which aren't they all in NYC!!. Thanks!!!!
  • ART MOMART MOM Registered User Posts: 30 Junior Member
    SUNY Purchase has an excellent dance conservatory (ballet and modern) which has sent graduates to major companies.
  • Repster411Repster411 College Rep Posts: 44 Junior Member
    Webster University in St. Louis has a very solid BFA Dance program.
  • paradoxicalparadoxical Registered User Posts: 203 Junior Member
    U of California--Irvine has very strong ballet--essentially Conservatory training if that's what you want--and a health sciences school/medical school. The dance major includes required courses in injury prevention and kinesiology, and there is opportunity to do research or an internship in sports medicine. Some graduates have joined professional ballet companies; others have become doctors and physical therapists.
  • jasmomjasmom Registered User Posts: 1,112 Senior Member
    Goucher is a BA program that offers a Non-performance major (no audition required), and with an audition required (new for next year), Performance major. Concentration in Dance Science is an option. The ballet instruction is strong, and numerous levels are accommodated. This turned out to be a good alternative for my daughter, who has found the faculty to be strongly supportive of combining dance with other majors.
  • PabloPablo Registered User Posts: 9 New Member
    SUNY Purchase is a conservatory program which is great for dancers who want to take the majority of their credits in the dance curriculum (BFA degree). It is a competitive program. Pluses: excellent facility - dance conservatory has it's own building; excellent faculty; ballet concentration available; close proximity to NYC for those who want to take advantage of auditioning for companies while pursuing their degree.
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