Information for Accepted/Current Dance Students

Important documents to download (PDF):

Early Move-In Date to Residence Halls for ALL Dance Students:

  • Thursday, August 23, 2018, 9:00am - Noon

Placement Class

There will be a placement class for incoming and returning dance students one or two days prior to classes starting each semester. Please see the schedule listed below for upcoming placement classes.

Required Placement Class and Auditions for ALL Dance Students – Friday, August 24, 2018
8:00am - 8:30am Incoming Freshmen & Transfers meet their advisors in Studio 4
8:30am - 9:00am Greeting & Announcements - ALL returning and incoming dance students gather in Studio 4
9:15am - 10:30am Placement Class #1
10:45am - 12:00pm Placement Class #2
12:00 - 12:30pm Pointe Placement Class
12:30 - 1:30pm Lunch
1:30 - 3:30pm Auditions for Belhaven University Dance Ensemble and Dance Ministry Ensemble

Advising for Incoming Freshmen and Transfers:

  • Monday, August 27, 2018, 9:00am - 3:00pm (appointments will be made with advisors)

First Day of Classes:

  • Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Note: If you are a new student or have never filled out a Medical Form (PDF) you will need to make an appointment with a doctor and have the downloadable form filled out. The completed form should be sent to the Belhaven University Dance Department (see address below) at least two weeks prior to the start of the school year. We will not allow any student without a medical form to participate in the placement class. We look forward to seeing you then!

Mail form to :
Dance Department
Belhaven University
1500 Peachtree St., Box 314
Jackson, MS 39202

Or Email to:
Miranda Layman

Departmental Policies for Dance Students

Technique classes and rehearsals are the most time-intensive requirements in the dance program. They focus on developing your expressive and physical skills through a strong foundation in ballet and exposure to a large range of modern dance approaches. Therefore it is imperative that in these studio courses you are ready to work and do so consistently. In preparation for you time at Belhaven, please download the Attire Policy so you will be well-equipped for classes and performance.

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

The faculty of Belhaven University's Dance Department are delighted that you have chosen to continue your pursuit of excellence in the art of dance in a higher education setting. Our dance program 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. 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, as well as this document, 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.

  1. To develop and integrate a Christian worldview into your dance studies.
  2. To develop skills in technique and performance artistry.
  3. To gain an understanding of dance through history and theory.
  4. To develop your artistry voice and ability to craft dance through composition and choreography.

These goals aim to expose you to a wide breadth of courses that are designed to give you a broader and deeper perspective and skill-set.
Upon entering our dance program, your prior training may have been focused primarily on developing technical skills and improving performance execution. Therefore, that is why we hope that you 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 better prepare you for your collegiate career with a background of knowledge making your first experiences with our dance department positive:

  • Attend as many dance performances as you can
  • View television documentaries and films on dance
  • Read about dance in newspapers, magazines, books, on the web-visit your local library
  • Familiarize yourself with key choreographers of the 20th century-George Balanchine, Martha Graham, José Limón, and William Forsythe, to name a few.
  • Research contemporary dance artists and current dance trends
  • Visit internet sites (YouTube and of different dance genres
  • Broaden your skill base-discover new ideas and approaches by taking from different teachers
  • Explore other dance forms-try something different! (SYTYCD is only one small offering)

As you expand your perspectives by discovering the vast array of opportunities that you may not have thought about pursuing, it is important to be creative and flexible in your thinking, while remaining steadfast in your pursuit of God's will, which is disclosed to us though the Bible. His word is the only true mirror, that will reveal who and where you are as a child of God and what is desired for and of you.