The Belhaven University Dance Department offers an exciting opportunity to enhance your training, expand your knowledge, and prepare you for a future in the world of dance and affiliated careers.

Information as You Prepare to Transition for Study in Dance at Belhaven University

Although the transition from a private dance school to a liberal arts college is adventurous and exciting, you may find many differences and challenges. Our faculty will help you make this transition. Belhaven University's Dance Program offers a diverse curriculum. During your academic experience, the following goals will be emphasized.

  • To develop and integrate a Christian worldview into your dance studies.
  • To develop skills in technique and performance artistry.
  • To gain an understanding of dance through history, theory, pedagogy, and science.
  • To develop your artistic voice and ability to craft dance through composition and choreography.

Upon entering our dance program, your prior training may have been focused primarily on developing technical skills and improving performance execution. We encourage you to keep an open mind to new dance opportunities and cultivate a healthy curiosity about all aspects of the art form. The following suggestions are to help prepare you for your collegiate career:

  • Attend as many dance performances as you can
  • View documentaries and films on dance
  • Read about dance in newspapers, magazines, books, and online
  • Familiarize yourself with key choreographers of the 20th and 21st century
  • Research contemporary dance artists and current dance trends
  • Discover new ideas and approaches by taking dance classes from different teachers in a variety of dance forms

Dance Handbook

Please review the Dance Student Handbook for important information.

Important Dates

  • Move-in Date To Residence Halls: Thursday, August 15, 2024 from 9am-Noon
  • Technique Level Placement Classes: Friday, August 16, 2024 from 8am-12:30pm
    (required for incoming freshmen and transfer students; returning students who want to be reevaluated for level placement are invited to participate)
  • First Day of Classes: Monday, August 19, 2024
  • Auditions for Belhaven University Dance Ensemble, Dance Ministry Ensemble, and Fall Musical Dance Ensemble: Monday, August 19, 2024 from 4:00-6:00pm

Three medical forms are required prior to participation in dance classes at Belhaven University. Please check your email for these forms and contact with any questions.

Placement Classes

*Required level placement classes for incoming freshmen and transfer students are on Friday, August 16, 2024. Returning students who want to be reevaluated for level placement are invited to participate. Please see the schedule listed below.

Dance Placement Class and Auditions

Friday, August 16, 2024

8:30am Advisors meet with freshmen and transfers in Studio 4 (2nd floor Bitsy Irby Visual Arts & Dance Center)
9:15 - 10:30am Modern Dance Level Placement Class in Studio 4
10:45am - Noon Ballet Level Placement Class in Studio 4
Noon - 12:30pm Pointe Placement in Studio #4 (optional)
12:30 - 1:30pm Lunch
1:30- 3:30pm Advising Meetings with Freshmen and Transfers (You'll sign-up for a 15-minute timeslot.)

Monday, August 19, 2024

4:00 - 6:00pm Auditions for Belhaven University Dance Ensemble, Dance Ministry Ensemble, and Fall Musical Dance Ensemble
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Verse of the Year

God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases Him.

Philippians 2:13