Dance Program



About the Dance Program

With a primary focus on Musical Theatre Dance, the dance program incorporates a mix of Ballet, Modern, Jazz, and Tap techniques. The program serves students who are theatre majors looking to study dance more intensively, serious dance minors, or students simply interested in building strength, coordination and self-confidence through the study of dance.

The dance minor requires additional courses in dance history, anatomy for dance, and choreography. Our faculty have a wide range of professional teaching, choreographic and performing experience ensuring students a comprehensive and rigorous program of study.

Program Requirements

The Minor in Dance requires 18 hours. The program is comprehensive and stresses a strong understanding of the body and how it can work most efficiently in a variety of techniques – ballet, modern, jazz and tap – while also requiring courses in history, choreography, and conditioning for dance.

Dance (DA) Course Descriptions

Mission Statement

Dance at Western serves a variety of student populations – those minoring in dance, those seeking degrees in theatre and music theatre who will need substantial movement skills/body awareness for professional employment, and the general student population. Relative to each of these groups, the dance program strives to provide students with in-depth experiences in the studio, classroom, and performance that will enhance their skill and/or knowledge of the field within the context of their specific needs.


WCU's Dance Program faculty are committed to teaching you the skills necessary to pursue a career in Musical Theatre or to simply learn more about movement and body awareness. Seasoned professionals and performers, they bring their passion for the art of movement into the classroom and the studio.

Dance Office Phone Email
Ashlee Wasmund, Program Coordinator Breese 220 828.227.3672
Amy Dowling Breese 204 828.227.2527
Patricia Renshaw Breese 204 828.227.2527
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