Dance and Arts Management
Dance Performance

The Ann Lacy School of American Dance and Arts Management is dedicated to preparing dancers to work as performers, teachers, choreographers, and arts/entertainment managers. Students selected through the audition process enter as dance majors. They take a foundation curriculum of dance technique, arts management and production, teaching dance, choreography, dance history, music fundamentals, and general education courses in the first two years. Students are placed in one of the three dance major degree tracks (Dance Performance, Dance Teacher, or Dance Management) for their junior and senior years. Placement in the degree for which students are best matched is based on the students’ interests and faculty evaluation of their skills, knowledge, and accomplishments.

The dance performance degree is focused on developing employable dancers for the entertainment industry. The program focuses on tap, jazz, theatre dance and ballet as used in musical theatre. Dancers develop technical and professional skills necessary to have life-long careers in show business.

Oklahoma City University offers ten levels of instruction in each technique of tap, jazz, and ballet. Every semester students rotate through four to five teachers in each technique to expose students to multiple styles of instruction and choreography. By constantly being exposed to multiple professors each semester, students learn to adapt their personal style and technique preparing them to be comfortable in any audition situation.

In addition to superior dance training, dance performance majors receive vocal and acting training to unleash their triple-threat performing capabilities.

Equally important as technical development, the professional development of students is central to the philosophy of the Ann Lacy School of American Dance and Arts Management. Students will learn how to take responsibility of their career path through career preparation courses and co-curricular activities.

In addition to dance technique classes and a strong liberal arts foundation, dance performance majors take courses in...

  • Choreography
    study the creative elements of constructing movement with attention to style, casting, music, audience and cultural influences
  • Dance History
    understand the history of dance to help shape the future
  • Musicals
    educating dancers about the value and job opportunities in Broadway musicals
  • Anatomy & Physiology
    learn how the body is constructed to ensure proper alignment and movement
  • Dance Health
    learn proper nutrition and care for a dancer’s body
  • Pedagogy (tap, jazz, and ballet)
    understand the art of teaching and the principles of technique for all ages
  • Contract Law for Performers
    learn how to comprehend contractual agreements
  • Management for Performers
    learn about unions, agents and other performer associations to prepare yourself for a career in show business
  • Career Preparation
    research audition throughout the country, audition preparation, development of professional portfolio

Extensive performance opportunities are available through the American Spirit Dance Company, Spirit of Grace Liturgical Dancers, the Oklahoma City University Pep Dancers, the Student Choreography Show, and the Oklahoma Opera & Musical Theatre Company.

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This degree is designed for first time undergraduate students. Students who have already completed a Bachelor degree are not eligible to apply for the Dance Performance degree.

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