School of Fine and Performing Arts

Minor in Dance

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Why Choose Dance?

The dance minor is a secondary concentration of study designed for students who wish to take supplemental courses in dance. One technique class of modern, ballet or jazz per semester are taken with other additional classes in choreography, and dance history plus electives. Acceptance into the dance minor program is based on a dance audition in ballet and modern with the dance faculty. Auditions may be scheduled by contacting Amanda Brewer at

Dance minors hone their technical abilities and creativity through weekly specialized ballet, jazz or modern classes. All dance minors are able to audition for all dance concerts—Fall Dance Concert, Emerging Choreographers Concert, and the faculty Spring Dance Concert.


Wright State’s professional dance training nurtures each student to attain artistry, technique, and versatility as a dancer, in preparation for careers in dance performance, musical theatre, choreography, and teaching. 

The Dance program uniquely fuses theatrical and musical training into the dance curriculum, enabling dance students to prepare for specialized careers in modern and ballet companies or in the professional theatre as dancers who sing and act.

Today, our alumni are performing in companies and venues around the world, including the Luna Negra Dance Theatre, Dayton Contemporary Dance Company, Rockettes at Radio City Music Hall, Battleworks, Forces of Nature, Wylliams/Henry Contemporary Dance Company, BalletMet, Ballet Noir, Hirabayashi Dance Theatre, and Disney World, as well as on cruise ships, national tours, and Broadway.

Elizabeth Ramsey, '16, Dayton Contemporary Dance Company
Susie Payne, '06, Dancer with the Dayton Contemporary Dance Company
Sarah Staker, '08, Dancer with the Rockettes in New York City
Michael Dauer, '07, Dance Captain with the national tour of Chicago: The Musical

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