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JCSU now offers degree in dance

Student dancingCharlotte, N.C. - Sept. 11, 2015 — Johnson C. Smith University is pleased to announce the addition of an approved and accredited program for a bachelor’s degree in dance. Students can immediately audition for acceptance and enrollment in the new major. 

“The addition of a Bachelor of Arts dance major to our curriculum represents the fulfillment of our promise that JCSU would become a hub for the fine arts in Northwest Corridor. The College of Arts and Letters is proud of the faculty who led this effort and enthusiastic for our students and our community about the future of dance in and around Johnson C. Smith University,” said Dr. Brian Jones, dean of the College of Arts & Letters.

Since 2010, JCSU has offered an interdisciplinary Bachelor of Arts degree in Visual and Performing Arts (VPA), which includes concentrations in theatre, film, graphic art, studio art and dance, as well as requiring study in all five arts disciplines. In the five years since the VPA major began, curriculum development has included a sixth concentration in sound art, as well as minor programs in theatre, dance, photography, and animation. 

The new dance major differs from the interdisciplinary VPA dance curriculum in that twelve credit hours of the interdisciplinary arts core have been replaced with additional upper level studio work specifically in dance.  Admission to the program is by audition and ballet vocabulary test, both of which will be administered prior to midterms each fall and spring semester, to assist with proper advising for the subsequent term.  Prospective dance majors may audition by video, during an on-campus visit to JCSU, at national conferences such as the National High School Dance Festival, or during master classes or auditions held around the country by our dance faculty. 

“In the JCSU Arts Factory, we are on a mission to prove that the visual and performing arts are a viable and sustainable career option.  We expect continued growth, not only in dance, but in every arts discipline represented on our campus,” said Wanda Ebright, associate professor of dance.

For more information about the dance concentration, please contact Ebright, webright@jcsu.edu.

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