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Dance Undergraduate Scholarship Application submission deadline extended to March 20, 2020.

Current and incoming undergraduate dance students may apply for scholarships for the 2020-2021 Academic Year. The deadline for these applications is March 20, 2020.

Please review the requirements below:

  • Current University of Akron students must have a 3.0 GPA.
  • Incoming freshmen and transfer students must include a current high school or college transcript.
  • All must include a current resume which details your dance experiences--including special classes or workshops, performances, production related projects, and related activities accomplished to date.
  • The application form must be emailed to Lisa M. Hennessy at
  • Deadline is March 20, 2020 for all applications for the 2020-2021 academic year. Notification of the awards will be ongoing through Spring 2020.
  • If you are awarded a scholarship, dance students must audition for UADC productions each semester. Also, you will be expected to maintain a 3.0 overall grade point average. Your scholarship will be applied directly to your tuition via the Office of Student Financial Aid.
  • Please answer the following question in the format of a typed essay not to exceed 300 words and attach it to the application form:
    • Why do you feel that you are deserving of a scholarship award? What skills have you acquired in your dance studies and how have these skills helped you in other coursework or in your daily life? Indicate what you intend to do with this knowledge in the future, i.e. during your baccalaureate education and as you move on to apply your performing arts skills either in your career or in future studies. 

Application details are above. Download the application by clicking the button below.

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NCCAkron, UA School of Dance, Theatre, and Arts Administration and Inlet Dance Theatre Company Member present "The Black Card Project"

The University of Akron Rethinking Race 2020

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In conjunction with The University of Akron Rethinking Race 2020 and supported in part by The National Center for Choreography at The University of Akron (NCCAkron) and UA School of Dance, Theatre, and Arts Administration, Inlet Dance Theatre company member Dominic Moore-Dunson and NCCAkron Executive/Artistic Director Christy Bolingbroke will engage in an extended discussion about craft, creativity, and race in dance. It will take place in Guzzetta Hall 194 today, March 2, 2020 from 2:15-3:55 PM.

THEN, on Wednesday, March 4, 2020, in Guzzetta Hall 194 today, March 2, 2020 from 2:15-3:55 PM, Moore-Dunson, creator of "The Black Card Project," will present a movement workshop and excerpt from the show, a live action dance theatre cartoon that examines the narrow definition of blackness and the African-American ideal of the “black card.”

Both events are free and open to the public.

NCCAkron and The University of Akron School of Dance, Theatre, and Arts Administration Announce Exciting New Collaboration

9 Artists to Teach Series of 21st Century Dance Practices

The National Center for Choreography at The University of Akron (NCCAkron) and The University of Akron School of Dance, Theatre, and Arts Administration (DTAA) are proud to announce ​Ideas in Motion​, a joint initiative supported by NCCAkron, The University of Akron, The University of Akron Foundation, and the Mary Schiller Myers Lecture Series in the Arts. Kicking off this initiative is a new survey series called “21st Century Dance Practices” with classes led by some of the most exciting dance artists working today. Each spring beginning in 2020, nine artists will visit DTAA’s Modern V-VIII course with some classes being opened up to students from other disciplines to drop in as well.

For more information on this exciting collaboration, visit​ ​

NCCAkron Ideas In Motion Press Release

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UA Dance student pairs up with a tiny-yet-mighty-dancer

See how students in UA's dance program and the Dance Institute helped a 10-year-old ballerina recover after a cancer diagnosis — one step and twirl at a time.

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2019 dance graduates

The University of Akron Dance Program celebrates seven majors who will use their UA degrees to achieve new heights in the world of dance. The Spring 2019 Dance Graduates include Lily Adams, Rachel Burger, Rebekah Rose Mayfield, Dominique Patton, Teresa Catterlin, Kayla Chilcote, and Olivia Patton.

Here's what some of our most recent graduates have been doing post-graduation:

  • Lily Adams  has moved back to her hometown of Bellevue, Ohio. She is now the Owner and Artistic Director of the Fremont Ballet School, the same dance studio where she grew up. The school is in its 56th dance season, and Lily is currently very excited to be in the process of choreographing their upcoming Christmas program, an educational program performed in elementary schools of the area.

  • Kayla Chilcote has been working as a teacher and administrator with Lisa Renee’s Dance and Enrichment Studios and her Enrichment Competition Team.  She also is working as an assistant teacher at ChildTime Learning center. A big congratulations to Kayla who is also busy planning her wedding coming up November 3rd.

Congratulations to our Spring 2019 graduates and we wish them good luck in all their endeavors.

Stories Shared by Our Dance Students

Our dance students feel at home in Akron and enjoy everything our dance program has to offer. Listen to Rebekah Gray's story, and learn more from our Dance Student Focuses!

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Make Your Move

What is it about the University of Akron Dance Program that students are excited to be a part of? Whether it's the diverse classes, astounding professional dance companies and choreographers, or excellent faculty, see what makes them move!

Neos Dance Theatre to Engage Students Across All Disciplines

Wesner can now call E.J. Thomas Performing Arts Hall his dance company’s headquarters, thanks to an agreement with The University of Akron and Neos Dance Theatre as part of the University’s ongoing search for adventure and positive collaboration.

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Neos Dance Theatre at The University of Akron

Home of the National Centre for Choreography (NCCAkron) - only the second in the nation

On may 14th, 2015, The University of Akron and DANCECleveland launched a new center for choreography — only the second in the nation — where the country’s finest dance professionals will create new work. NCCAkron supports the research and development of new work in dance at the highest level.

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UADC premiers at E.J. Thomas Hall

The UADC (University of Akron Dance Company) 2015 Dance Concert featured the new work "Youth with Caution" by guest choreographer Alex Munz in Spring 2015. 

UA Dance Program Performances

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Current Performance Season

Our UA Dance Program offers performances and student visitation days open to the public and campus community. Explore all the outstanding performances and events offered by the School of Dance, Theatre, and Arts Administration. 

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Started at Akron, Starred on Broadway

Enjoy this short video featuring a Tony Award Winning alumnus, then explore more featured UA Dance Program alumni. 

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