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Dance Minor

Building Your Skills

As a Dance Minor student at UCM, you’ll have numerous opportunities to grow your skills and participate in our production program. Dance opportunities include our Main Stage musicals, the Spring Dance Concert, Black Box dance productions, the Department of Music opera, as well as participating in guest artist workshops, end of semester dance class showcases, the UCM Dance Club's annual presentation of Dancing With The Professors, and the American College Dance Association. In 2020, UCM became an Institutional Member of the National Dance Educators Organization and began a National Honor Society of Dance Arts UCM Chapter.


Diverse Content/Excellent Training

This 22-hour minor has classes in Modern, Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Musical Theatre Dance, Choreography, and other departmental core classes and electives. You'll be taught by Ashley Miller-Scully, our BFA Musical Theatre program coordinator and faculty choreographer, as well as Francois Des Marteau, our Adjunct Dance Instructor.. Your participation in the classroom, the production program and attending guest artist workshops and regional conferences will increase your knowledge and skill, and give you multiple performance opportunities. 

At UCM, we value engaging learning experiences that include student involvement and service-learning projects. Involvement opportunities include:

Professional Organizations and Student Groups

● Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF)

● American College Dance Association (ACDA)

● Speech and Theatre Association of Missouri (STAM)

● United States Institute for Theatre Technology (USITT)

● Southeast Theatre Conference (SETC)

● U/RTA Auditions and Portfolio Reviews

●Theta Alpha Phi (TAP - Honorary Theatre Fraternity)

● National Honor Society for Dance Arts (NHSDA)

● UCM Dance Club 

● Film Makers And Actors' Coalition

Theatre S.H.I.P.

The Theatre Special Housing Interest Program area in Nickerson Hall is designed for students minoring in or majoring in theatre. This SHIP provides close proximity to the department’s Black Box Theatre, a lounge to rehearse lines and blocking, a fully equipped dance studio and access to dining facilities.

Performance Opportunities


● UCM Main Stage Production Program

● Spring Dance Concert

● Dance Class Showcase - end of each semester

● Studio Theatre One-Act Series

● Richard Herman Black Box Theatre Program

● UCM Dance Club

● Dancing With The Professors

● Opera Theatre


Ashley Miller-Scully
Chair, Theatre and Dance
Martin 113B
Tel: (660) 543-8798


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