SU Dance Company
"A consistently quality organization that dances for the community . . . [and] one of the more innovative of local arts ensembles in terms of its repertoire and its use of guest artists in residence." ~ the Salisbury Wicomico Arts Council
About the SU Dance Company
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 Helen Myers, artistic director and dance artist-in-residence, at 410-543-6353.
SU Dance Company auditions for spring 2019 are on Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2018 from 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. in the Maggs Physical Activities Center Dance Studio.
Dancers should arrive warmed up by 10:30 a.m. to sign-in and submit a copy of the completed Dance Audition Form. Required dress is a black leotard, footless tights or jazz pants, bare feet, ballet slippers and jazz shoes (no sneakers). Theatrical movement, ballet, jazz and modern combinations will be taught, and auditionees are evaluated on technique, musicality, and the ability to pick up combinations quickly. Students accepted into the company must enroll in DANC 106, Dance Company, for 1.0-hour credit. The $15 course fee will be billed to the student’s account. Dance Company class meets from 4:30-6:30 p.m. on Mondays.