The School of Dance is a vital component within the College of Fine Arts as well as the University of Arizona. Our faculty has extensive expertise in both the professional and academic worlds and are in demand nationally and internationally as teachers and scholars at festivals, workshops, schools and conferences world-wide. Three of the faculty has been recipients of the prestigious Irene Putnam Award for Excellence in Teaching. The School of Dance was honored as the top program for undergraduate education within the University of Arizona, due in part to the highly interactive approach linking undergraduate students and dance faculty members.
The School of Dance is unique in its equal emphasis on ballet, modern and jazz dance training. It is through performing that students are fully able to integrate and apply what they have learned in the classroom. With the extensive number of performances each season, students grow increasingly more comfortable, spontaneous and free to take risks on stage. The UA Dance Ensemble is comprised of B.F.A. and M.F.A. students, privileged to perform in the state-of-the-art performance facility: The Stevie Eller Dance Theatre. Dancers enjoy a large performance season, averaging over 30 main stage concerts a year.
The University of Arizona’s School of Dance is considered one of the top programs in the United States and England. Carol J. Everett, Director of Admissions at Juilliard, listed the UA’s dance program as one of the best 20 in “The Performing Arts Major’s College Guide” and Dance Spirit Magazine listed UA Dance among its “Great College Dance Programs.” In awarding the School of Dance the University-Wide Teaching Award for Meritorious Departmental Achievement in Undergraduate Education the School of Dance was lauded, “for sharing (your) vision, your art and inspiration across cultural, educational and disciplinary bounds.” The UA School of Dance is a charter member of the National Association of Schools of Dance.