Illinois State University

The Dance program at Illinois State University offers an intensive, individualized and performance-based approach connecting theory with practice. We provide a challenging yet nurturing environment that prepares students for careers in performance, choreography, teaching, and for future post-graduate study. The program is supported by a diverse and ambitious nationally recognized faculty, bringing a wide variety of movement styles and philosophies to the program.

Students in the Dance sequence take an extensive range of courses that emphasize different aspects of dance training and creativity within the fine and performing arts. Dancers will develop their intellectual and artistic abilities through coursework that includes choreography and improvisation, dance history, multicultural perspectives, dance kinesiology and somatic practices. Additionally, students have opportunities to study abroad, work with a variety of guest artists, and to network with Illinois State alumni working in the field.

Photo by Pete Guither

Photo by Pete Guither


LOCATION: ILLINOIS, USA
JAZZ STYLES TAUGHT: Authentic/Vernacular, Contemporary, Lyrical, Modern Jazz, Theatrical
FULL-TIME FACULTY: Kaley Pruitt Ozminkowski, Darby Wilde