DanceUS.org has designated SMU Meadows School of the Arts’ Division of Dance as one of its “Best College Dance Programs for 2019-2020.” The online portal, which provides articles, editorials and event information for dance professionals, students and enthusiasts, selected 22 schools across 13 states as the country’s top programs.
Meadows has also been named in the top 10 B.F.A. Dance programs in the country by OnStage Blog three years in a row, in 2016-17, 2017-18 and 2018-19. OnStage Blog focuses on theatre, musical theatre, film and media arts, and performing arts.
SMU Meadows Division of Dance students study ballet, modern and jazz as well as comprehensive theoretical courses under highly respected faculty who have danced, choreographed or collaborated with renowned dance artists and companies, including Martha Graham, José Limón, New York City Ballet, the Royal Ballet School, Boston Ballet, Rudra Béjart, Eleo Pomare, Lynn Simonson and Billy Siegenfeld.
Students, the majority of whom double-major in other areas of study or minor in musical theatre, arts entrepreneurship and more, perform the masterworks of 20th-century greats such as Balanchine, Graham, Fosse, Limón and Paul Taylor, as well as contemporary and jazz artists such as Dwight Rhoden, Robert Battle, Takehiro Ueyama and Danny Buraczeski. Students also learn from distinguished guest artists, including Meadows Prize winners Shen Wei (choreographer, Shen Wei Dance Arts and Beijing Olympics), Michael Keegan-Dolan (co-founder, Fabulous Beast) and Jawole Willa Jo Zollar (founder, Urban Bush Women).
The division is nationally recognized for excellence and was recently one of only nine university dance programs worldwide selected to perform in the José Limón International Dance Festival in New York City. Alumni have danced with such renowned companies as the Paul Taylor Dance Company, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Martha Graham Dance Company, Mark Morris Dance Group, Parsons Dance, MOMIX, Dallas Black Dance Theatre, and Complexions Contemporary Ballet, and have appeared in Broadway shows and touring companies as well as other commercial venues worldwide.
Auditions are held each year in the fall and early winter.