Old Dominion University offers a B.A. in Theatre/Dance with a dance emphasis and a dance education emphasis through its Department of Communication and Theatre Arts. Majors take required courses in dance history, anatomy/kinesiology, composition, teaching principles, rhythmic analysis, improvisation, as well as ballet, jazz, and modern dance technique. Electives include aerial movement, tap, hip hop, Pilates, yoga and ballroom. There are no formal auditions for admission to the program. However, students are interviewed and a placement class may be given to determine class level. A dance minor is also available.
University Dance Theatre, comprised of students, faculty, and guest artists, presents two to three major concerts per year. The concerts feature a variety of dance styles showcasing student choreography as well as that of faculty and guests. Guest artists have included Todd Rosenleib of Erick Hawkins Dance Company, Randy James of Randy James Dance works, Janina Bove of Virginia Ballet Theatre, and others. The Student Dance Association is an active student organization that produces two concerts a year. University Players and Theatre of the Millennium offer additional opportunities for students to perform outside the concert setting. Informal demonstrations and performances take place on and off campus throughout the year.
There are three full-time and eight part-time faculty members. Master classes are given by visiting artists from companies such as Alvin Ailey, Joffrey, Kirov, Pilobolus, Momix, and Bill T. Jones. Facilities include three full-time studios with state of the art sound and video systems. University Theatre, a fully-equipped proscenium space, seats 300. Wilson G. Chandler Recital Hall, which seats 208, and Stables Theatre, a flexible black box, offer additional performance space on campus.