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Welcome from the Artistic Director

Welcome to Dance at Ohio University where we encourage the creative spirit through focus on individual artistry and nurture dance artists and citizens of the future. We value the integration of creative work, technical skill and intellectual abilities in studio, classroom and performance experiences that guide emerging artists to excel.

A dance major at Ohio University means highly focused study in dance technique, choreography, production and dance academics. Technique provides the physical training to meet technical challenges presented in contemporary choreography. Choreography and dance production build skills in creative problem solving and project management. Dance academics, including pedagogy, kinesiology, history, and world dance strengthen effective communication, global understanding and the recognition of dance and movement study in relation to other disciplines.

The Dance Division of the School of Dance, Film, and Theater offers the Bachelor of Fine Arts in performance and choreography and Bachelor of Arts in dance through the College of Fine Arts. Our curriculum provides a foundation for achieving goals in a variety of career areas and for pursuing advanced study in dance and related fields. Dance graduates have distinguished themselves as professional dancers, choreographers, producers, scholars and teachers, arts administrators and therapists.

Studying dance while pursuing other majors can include pursuit of a minor in Performance and Choreography, History and Theory, or Somatic Studies. Technique classes for non-majors are available in Modern, Ballet, Jazz and African techniques.

The Ohio University Dance Division in the School of Dance, Film, and Theater is an accredited charter member of the National Association of Schools of Dance. 

We invite you to join us!

Travis Gatling
Artistic Director/Head Dance Division


Travis D. Gatling

Artistic Director/ Head, Dance
(740) 593-9357