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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.
The dance minor is open to all students regardless of their choice of major. The course requirements for a dance minor include 19 credit hours of technique classes, dance composition, dance history, and dance practicum.
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.
Many guest artists and companies enhance the dance minor each year. A sampling include:
- 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