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Let Shenandoah Conservatory’s Dance Division facilitate your exciting journey toward a creative future through disciplined work, artistic exploration and a rich variety of inspiring opportunities.

In addition to professional training for a wide variety of contemporary dance careers, including concert performance (contemporary modern and jazz companies), commercial work (including Broadway, touring, cruise lines and video/film) and studio teaching, the discipline and creative problem-solving skills of your training are readily transferred to a variety of careers related to the performing arts including promotion, marketing and teaching. You can also pursue advanced studies in health and wellness professions (including physical therapy, exercise sciences, massage and fitness training) with an eye toward providing arts-intelligent care for performing arts professionals.

Shenandoah dancers are immersed in their art from the moment they arrive on campus. The intimate conservatory approach provides a focused environment for study, while the supportive atmosphere encourages individual growth and creativity. Technique courses in ballet, modern dance, jazz, tap, pointe & Pilates, deliver individualized attention and cultivate maximum progress. Facilities include two large, air-conditioned studios, one of which is a 150-seat performance space. All ballet and modern dance technique courses have live accompaniment. Choreography and performance are emphasized, and students are engaged in an intensive sequence of courses that include improvisation & contact improvisation, solo and group composition studies. Courses in dance history, dance sciences, theatre production, marketing and promotion techniques, music, and teaching techniques build a strong foundation for artistic expression and a scholarly awareness of dance as an art form. 

The Dance Division presents three main stage concerts yearly in the 600-seat Ohrstrom-Bryant Theatre, engaging students in performance beginning in their Freshman year. Outreach activities and showcases for student choreography are frequent. Master classes and residencies with internationally acclaimed guest artists are scheduled throughout the year.

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Ting-Yu Chen

Associate Professor of Dance
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Erica M. Helm

Associate Professor of DanceChair, Dance Division
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Alan Arnett

Assistant Professor of DanceChristina Halpin Chair in Dance
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Shenandoah Honors Faculty Retirees

This spring, the university community honors four highly respected, long-term faculty members as they prepare for retirement. Professor of Music (Theory) Donald Black, M.F.A., M.A.; Director of Church Music and Professor of Music (Organ, Harpsichord) Steven Cooksey, Ph.D.; Professor of… Read More


Scrutinizing ‘Quality’ – Obama Administration Proposes New College Ratings System

In his 2014 State of the Union Address in January, President Barack Obama reaffirmed his intention to hold U.S. colleges and universities accountable for quality and affordability. As a result, higher education institutions can expect more media dialogue and governmental… Read More


Associate Professor of Dance Ting-Yu Chen, M.F.A., Choreographs “Red Dress,”

Associate Professor of Dance Ting-Yu Chen, M.F.A., choreographed “Red Dress,” the feature performance for “Rite of Spring: The New Century Version” at the Dan Tong Culture and Arts Center in Kaohsiung, Taiwan. Sponsored by the Bureau of Culture Affairs of… Read More

Alumni Successes

Erica Covington

Alumna Featured in National tour of “Dreamgirls”

Ericka Covington ’09 (second from right) is featured in the national tour of “Dreamgirls” as one of the Stepp Sisters and is also a member of the ensemble. In May, dance program faculty members Ting-Yu Chen (right) and Elijah Gibson… Read More