At a glance: Dance
Did you know? The dance minor is open to all students regardless of their choice of major. The course requirements for a dance minor include 22 credit hours of technique classes, dance composition, dance history, and dance practicum.
View a photo essay from ONU's masterclass with Kent Boyd, "So You Think You Can Dance" season seven runner-up.
The Dance Minor program offered at Ohio Northern University emphasizes a strong liberal arts education and provides a flexible program that adapts easily to individual needs and interest while maintaining professional standards. Dance classes in tap, ballet, modern and jazz average eight students per class with a strong emphasis on student/faculty interaction. The ONU Dance Company, which includes ONU students and area dancers, performs on the main stage of the Freed Center twice annually. Acceptance into the Company and participation in the guest artist choreography projects is by audition and based on talent and technical skills. Auditions are open to any member of the community age 16 or older and any ONU student regardless of class rank or major field of study. Visit the department's web site.
- Program blends conservatory courses and production opportunities with the philosophy and resources of a liberal arts institution
- Inspiring, challenging work with nationally and internationally acclaimed directors, actors, dancers, choreographers and designers (20 guests each year)
- The dance minor has an extensive guest artist program that allows students to network with professionals — Juan Manuel Guerra Hernandez, Folklorico/Fulbright Scholar in Residence; Koresh Dance Company; Janet Schroeder, Rhythm In Shoes; Dmitri Harchenko, Estonian Choreographer an soloist for the Estonian National Ballet; VERB Ballets; African American Dance Ensemble
- Double majors are encouraged and permitted across the University
- Academic and talent awards
- Every year, Ohio Northern hosts an International Play Festival. Works are commissioned from international playwrights and are produced as an evening of one-acts. Past countries have included East Germany, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand, Iceland, Estonia, Israel, Argentina and Chile.
The Freed Center for the Performing Arts is a modern facility with the latest equipment, including: A 550-seat proscenium theatre and 132-seat studio theatre; Dance/rehearsal room, scenic and costume shops, and academic and performance support spaces; “Smart” classrooms equipped with current instructional technology; State-of-the-art computer lab