Put your dance shoes on and get ready to move. Clayton State University is bringing music, technique and choreography to the classroom for any student with an interest to learn.
Beginning spring 2014, a dance minor will be offered to any and all students who have a passion for dance or just simply want to learn about the art. Multiple classes will be offered that teach the fundamentals of ballet, jazz and modern dance as well as technique classes that will be offered as elective classes.
There has been a major increase in enrollment in the performing arts programs at Clayton State, and many faculty and staff have suggested a dance program might be a good addition to the department. College of Arts & Sciences Dean Dr. Nasser Momayezi’s interest in the college’s VPA (Visual and Performing Arts) program stems from his strong efforts to make these new courses possible.
Kathleen Kelley, assistant professor of Musical Theatre and Dance, who has 25 years of dance experience, will be the instructor and is currently teaching two dance courses already. Kelly and Director of Opera and Vocal Studies Dr. Kurt-Alexander Zeller wrote the proposal for the new minor.
“I expect people to join who either want to begin dance or want to get back into dance even though it may not be their major” says Kelly. Fifty to 60 percent of the students in her current dance courses are not theatre majors, but have considered continuing their dance experience with this new minor.
A few of the courses that will be offered are Dance History, Dance Performance and some technique courses.
“I am glad dance is being added. It will make the VPA more intriguing and add a different element that no one at the college has seen,” says Clayton State student Amanda Parham. “These courses will allow the students to not only learn about the history of dance, but they will have the opportunity to learn the fundamentals of dance as well as execute what they have learned through writing and dance performances that will be required of them throughout the semester.”
If dance is something that sparks an interest, put on your dance shoes and get ready move. Take a break from the typical lecture courses and enroll in a dance course that will provide dance knowledge and an abundance of fun!