One of the top universities offering both conservatory dance instruction and liberal arts education, the SMU Meadows Division of Dance develops disciplined, versatile artists through professional training in ballet, modern and jazz. Undergraduates can earn a B.F.A. in Dance Performance or a minor in Dance Performance.
OnStage, a dance blog, recently ranked SMU Meadows’ Dance program as one of the top B.F.A. programs in the country. We’re among excellent company. Here’s a selection of the highlights of the program that OnStage noted:
– Coursework centers on ballet, modern and jazz, all three of which are required for all first-years and sophomores. During junior and senior years, students select the techniques they wish to concentrate on. In addition to technique training, students are immersed in theoretical studies that include dance history, kinesiology, music theory/history and choreography.
– Student choreography is a major component of the student experience, guided by expert faculty with considerable professional experience and accolades, and opportunities to learn from visiting masters such as Shen Wei, choreographer of the opening ceremonies of the Beijing Olympics; Adam Hougland, resident choreographer for the Cincinnati and Louisville ballets; and Michael Keegan-Dolan, Fabulous Beast co-founder and 2012-13 Meadows Prize winner.
– Facilities include The Charles S. Sharp Performing Arts Studio, which doubles as a performing space and is equipped with a grand piano, adjustable black traveler, a control booth, state-of-the-art sound equipment and a theatrical lighting system.
– Alumni currently are or have been employed by the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Ballet Hispanico, Dance Theatre of Harlem, Martha Graham Company, Paul Taylor Dance Company, Complexions and many more.