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Moving Forward Together
Radford University's Department of Dance prepares undergraduate students to be real, responsive, and resilient dancers, teachers, choreographers, and scholars for careers in the 21st century dance field.
We do this believing that you will not go as far in dance, or in life, trying to outdo each other as you will moving forward together, so we focus on three themes: relationships, diversity, and opportunity.
It’s all about relationships. Lending a hand to lift each other up, we provide a supportive, yet challenging environment.
Richness in diversity. Rather than being a melting pot, we think of our program as a fusion of unique dance artists who each contribute to the flavor of the whole while maintaining a distinct identity, style, and voice.
Creating opportunity. We encourage you to learn to see challenges as a springboard for your own creativity, while also discovering the many opportunities available in a career in dance.
News & Events
Dancers and choreographers have been working hard to bring Dancing on the Edge to the stage this spring.
Radford students had a chance to learn with Maxx Reed this Spring, a veteran dancer with a diverse professional skillset.
After a year and a half of virtual performances, the Department of Dance returns to the stage to presents its first live concert, Fall Dance Festival, Oct 14, 15 at 7:30PM and Oct 16 at 2:00PM in Bondurant Auditorium in Preston Hall.
Associate Professor of Dance Amy VanKirk and six of her students will debut a virtual performance with New York City-based Jazz Choreography Enterprises on April 24 and 25, 2021. VanKirk will be featured as part of a live talkback following the performance on April 25, 2021.
The College of Visual and Performing Arts will say farewell to Porterfield and McGuffey Halls by hosting a Spirit Week. The final week of classes this semester will be the last time students ever take courses in these buildings, as they will each be torn down and replaced with the Center for Adaptive Innovation and Creativity.
“Dancing on the Edge” is an annual spring event hosted by the Department of Dance where students in the program perform choreographed works by dance faculty and guest artists. It is often one of the last times that graduating seniors in the program have the opportunity to perform together.
With help from a High Impact Practices (HIPs) grant, Associate Professor of Dance Amy VanKirk was able to add a series of virtual master classes to her course featuring experts in the history of jazz dance.
Fall Dance Fest 2020 will be streamed online rather than performed for a live audience. It is the first time that the performance has ever been offered in this format. In another first, it will also feature two senior student choreographers performing their own solos as part of the lineup.
From University Relations
Friends and colleagues celebrated the memory of Johann Norstedt, supporter of the arts at Radford University.