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, and improvisation, as well as ballet, jazz, and modern dance technique. Electives include tap, hip hop, Pilates, yoga, extreme moves, contemporary jazz and ballroom. Auditions for admission to the program are held twice a year. 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 Shannon Hummel, Laura Peterson, Christopher Morgan, Todd Rosenleib of Erick Hawkins Dance Company, and others. The Student Dance Association is an active student organization that produces two concerts a year. 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, Lula Washington Dance Theatre, Elisa Monte Dance Company, and Bill T. Jones. Facilities include four beautiful studios with state of the art sound and video systems, and a fully outfitted Pilates studio. University Theatre, a fully-equipped proscenium space, seats 300. Wilson G. Chandler Recital Hall, which seats 208, and the Goode Theatre, a flexible black box, offer additional performance space on campus.