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At the undergraduate level... 

the B.A. curricula in DANCE and THEATRE focus on technique and creative exploration within a broad liberal arts context. The B.F.A. degree in dance prepares talented students for professional careers in dance performance and choreography. 

The graduate program...

leading to a Master of Arts (M.A.) degree in Theatre Arts with an option in ARTS ADMINISTRATION is one of approximately 25 programs across the country with a curriculum designed to prepare students for successful careers in the business of not-for-profit arts.

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Fall Into Dance with Choreographers' Workshop this October 23-25

We invite you to our upcoming performance of Choreographers’ Workshop, an annual event in which The University of Akron dance students have the opportunity to create and present original works, as well as run and produce a live dance performance. 

Showcasing the talents of UA dancers in diverse performances, Choreographers' Workshop bridges the academic and professional dance field. One choreographer will be awarded a performance in UADC (University of Akron Dance Company) - Fall Concert, a faculty choreographed event.   

Three student choreographers share their unique themes

UA dance students always bring themselves into the work they create. Their themes come from personal questions, dreams, and struggles: 

  • Aviance Bain  “Being absolved of guilt; having monologues with yourself and whatever higher power you believe in.”
  • Christine Howe  “I'm playing around with the idea of trying to find your identity within a group."
  • Aaron Knowles  “…based on struggle and overcoming…”

Great Dance to Do Great Things 

UA students and faculty often ask themselves how they can benefit their local community. With Choreographers' Workshop bring two canned food items, which UA will donate to The Akron Food Bank, and receive $2 off of admission. Together we can truly do great in our community with great dance!   


For performance schedule and information, visit our DTAA Performance and Event Schedule.

Students discover career paths and training methods of Aspen Santa Fe Ballet professional company  

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Student (right) discusses with two ASFB company members (center and left) their professional career and training, the long road to a successful life in dance.  

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UA dance students learning real world advice for auditions from ASFB company members. 

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ASFB company members (center) taking questions from UA dance students (mirror). 

World-Class Peformance and Artist Residency with ASPEN SANTA FE BALLET

Aspen Santa Fe Ballet

Performance:  October 5, 2015  3:00 PM

Residency:  October 6 – 9, 2014

Co-presented by DANCECleveland, E. J. Thomas Hall, and The University of Akron Dance Program 

Known for its bold vision, top global choreographers, distinctive groundbreaking works and virtuoso dancers, the Aspen Santa Fe Ballet blends contemporary athleticism with classical ballet to provide a program filled with spine-tingling dance that has become the company's hallmark.

After the October 5 performance, the exciting partnership between DANCECleveland, E.J. Thomas Hall, and The University of Akron Dance Program then enables a multi-day residency program with Aspen Santa Fe Ballet at The University of Akron Dance Program.  As a result of such residencies, talented UA dance students are better prepared to move into the professional dance field – setting The University of Akron Dance Program apart and above many other college and university dance programs.


The UA Dance Program is committed to our community. As such, the residency experience is formally extended to local high school dancers and professional dancers in the greater Akron community so that the artistry of Aspen Santa Fe Ballet can be experienced by the broadest group possible.

Indeed, the ARTS start here.

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