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Mission and History


*Ohio University is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Dance.

Mission Statement

The field of dance embraces a common, human kinesthetic expression accessible across cultures and time. Through the discipline of movement we cultivate an understanding and practice of collaboration, which encompasses communication, creativity, diversity, and adaptability that facilitate living in a complex world. Our program focuses on the comprehensive integration of artistic, verbal, written and technological forms. The curriculum specifically supports the practice of choreography/creative problem solving as an integrative process, strong collaboration, observation and analytical skills, and the development of a versatile mind.

Our modern dance based program offers a comprehensive curriculum in choreography, performance and production, integrated with theoretical, historical, cultural and practical studies in dance. We contribute to the cultural environment of the university, community and region through high quality productions and by providing opportunities to engage with the art of dance. We provide the general university student with studies in the practice, history and aesthetics of dance.

Goals of the Dance Division

  1. To provide comprehensive curricular and other experiences for students:

  To foster the development of students as future artists;

  To present original choreography by students, visiting artists and faculty, to re-stage choreography by visiting artists and faculty, and to reconstruct historical works;

  To prepare graduates for advanced study in dance;

  To recognize and develop the unique balance of abilities present in each individual;

  To develop kinesthetic competency and performance presence;

• To strengthen critical thinking and creative problem solving skills;

• To encourage the development of verbal and written skills;

• To support and encourage body-based knowledge and experiential learning;

  1. To participate in audience development for dance and the performing arts;
  2. To engage general education students in the methods of inquiry, techniques, creative processes, and scholarship of dance;
  3. To provide students and faculty with an optimal learning and work environment that includes adequate resources to sustain excellence and further achievements.