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The University of Akron Dance Program celebrates three majors who will use their UA degrees to achieve new heights in the world of dance. The Fall 2018 Dance Graduates include Lilia Bailey, Jessica Doughtery, and Kelsey Harkness

  • Bailey is graduating with a B.A in Dance with a Business Cognate. After graduation, she hopes to go onto obtain her Master’s in Dance with a specialty in choreography. 
  • Upon graduation, Doughtery will be staying in the area to teach dance at a City recreation center and for ArtSparks, a local educational outreach program. In the future, she plans to move to a bigger city to dance professionally and eventually go back to school to receive her Master’s degree. 
  • A year ago, Harkness opened her own dance studio. After graduation, she will be focusing on maintaining a successful studio for young dancers. 

Congratulations Lilia, Jessica, and Kelsey on graduating from The University of Akron's Dance Program!


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

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UA Dance Program Performances

The University of Akron Dance Program

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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