The Dance Program celebrates an alliance with music, theatre, and the visual arts and contributes to a vision for the performing arts at Salisbury University. The mission of the Dance Program reflects the university's core values of excellence, student-centeredness, learning, community and civic engagement, and diversity.
The 2,200 square foot dance studio features a sprung-wood floor, natural lighting, and floor-to-ceiling mirrors. Dance classes are offered in studio, lecture, interdisciplinary, hybrid, and online modalities and may be used to fulfill requirements in general education and several major and minor programs.
The 20-hour dance minor is designed for students who wish to experience dance as an art form and develop technique and teaching competencies. Auditions are not required. Students must complete five courses with grades of C or better. Only one course can be used to fulfill General Education requirements. Transfer students may use only two courses of transfer credits towards the minor. Dance Minor Checklist (PDF). For more information, contact the dance minor coordinator,
A consistently quality organization that dances for the community . . . one of the more innovative of local arts ensembles in terms of its repertoire and its use of guest artists in residence. ~Salisbury Wicomico Arts Council
Beginning in 1960 as the Modern Dance Club, the SU Dance Company focuses on dance as a fine art. Three main stage productions are presented annually. Through ensemble study, students rehearse and perform ballet, ethnic, jazz, modern, and musical theatre dance works choreographed by resident faculty, nationally-renowned guest artists, and selected students. Entrance Auditions are required for new and returning members on the first Monday of fall and spring semesters.
Accepted students are required to register for DANC 106 Dance Company (1.0) that meets Mondays and Wednesdays, 4:30-6:30 p.m., for master classes, finale rehearsals, and production activities. Casting auditions are held by all choreographers to determine the roster for each work. A dancer can rehearse and perform in one to four works a semester that include the all-company finale and, in the spring, the Showcase winner. Member benefits include national honor and university awards, leadership development, guest artist master classes and repertory, supervised production of original choreography, and New York City trips to take studio classes attend Broadway shows.
A recipient of the Outstanding Student Organization award, the Company has been recognized for excellence in all aspects and service as a positive representative of Salisbury University. The Company is a member of the American College Dance Festival Association, the Maryland Council for Dance, and the Salisbury Wicomico Arts Council. It has received numerous grants from the Maryland State Arts Council and the Salisbury Wicomico Arts Council, agencies funded through the state of Maryland and the National Endowment for the Arts. Ten percent of earned income is tithed each semester to a worthy cause.
For more information, contact Mary Norton, artistic director and dance artist-in-residence, at 410-543-6353 or firstname.lastname@example.org.