About our Artistic Practices and Venues:
The School of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies is one component in a state-of-the-art facility, in which guest artists, interdisciplinary projects, and challenging and inventive creative work is encouraged. Along with the graduate and undergraduate students in Theatre, Music, and the Clarice Smith Center itself, graduate students in Dance are a part of an energetic and very busy performance venue.
Opportunities abound for performances in guest artist and faculty works, in the creation of cross-disciplinary projects, for participation in community-based events, and for sharing graduate works in formal and informal settings throughout the three years.
About the Teaching Artist:
According to Eric Booth, author of The Everyday Work of Art: Awakening the Extraordinary in Your Daily Life and consultant:
“A teaching artist (artist educator) is a practicing professional artist with the complementary skills and sensibilities of an educator, who engages people in learning experiences in, through, and about the arts.”
Booth does not limit the target audience to young people, and neither do we. Coursework and practice in pedagogy is as critical to our graduates as are the study and practice of professional dance performance and dancemaking. Whether the teaching artist will train professional dancers, teach dance practices to aspiring college students, introduce dance to K-12 learners, engage in community-based and community-building dance programs, or prepare, deliver, or evaluate high quality dance programming, an understanding and analysis of best practices in teaching and learning is essential. Therefore, every graduate student in Dance teaches at the undergraduate level at some point in the three-year program, and most teach for the entire three years.