Outreach | Webster University


shannon and keronCommunity partnership and outreach are central to the mission of Webster University's Department of Dance. For many years, the students of the department have developed lecture demonstrations, movement workshops and residencies to inspire secondary to inspire secondary school students and expose them to high quality dance education and performances.

All lecture demonstrations and movement workshops performed by the Dance Lecture Demonstration Touring Group of Webster University are entirely free.  We desire the arts, and particularly dance, to be a part of every person's life.

Lecture Demonstrations

Lecture demonstrations consist of an informal program of approximately 45 minutes. Several styles of dance are performed and discussed, including early dance, ballet, pointe, modern, tap, and jazz, with the intent of exposing the audience to a variety of dance forms while also clarifying dance as an art form. Dancers then present a variety of improvisational exercises in order to demonstrate components of dance such as shape, rhythm, floor pattern, and energy quality. Student choreography may then be presented. In addition, sometimes the audience is invited to take part in movement activities.

Movement Workshops

Movement workshops are also approximately 45 minutes in length. Workshops can be tailored to the participants' skill level, from those who have no previous dance experience to those who participate in dance classes at their school. A variety of dance forms can be taught, depending on the request of the school.

All programs can be performed for either an entire school or a select group of students, although movement workshops are intended for a maximum class of 40 students.

Webster Dance Residency

The Webster Dance Fellow Residency has been held in conjunction with the Lecture Demonstration Series as a way to strengthen the department's relationship with high school dance programs in St. Louis. The residency runs for 2-4 weeks for one of the schools that has hosted the Lecture Demonstration Series, culminating in a final project or showing.

The most recent Webster Dance Residency programs have been held at Webster Groves High School (2018), Grand Center Arts Academy (2017), and St. Joseph's Academy (2016).

A Day in the Life of a Dancer

Webster University invites your High School Seniors to join our students. If there were a day that your high school would allow seniors to visit Webster University, those students would shadow a Webster Dance major for the day, taking part in all the classes he/she attends.  Let us know if this program would be of interest to you! dance@webster.edu


No dance experience is required to participate in movement workshops, but students will need to wear appropriate clothing – no dress shoes or hard-soled shoes, and no garments that will inhibit movement.

A clean, wooden floor in a gymnasium or auditorium is needed, as well as a place for dancers to change clothes. Access to a sound system, microphone and an extension cord would be helpful.

Scheduling is not difficult. However, the number of schools Webster can visit in a semester is limited, so scheduling is arranged on a first-come, first-served basis. Host schools are always welcome to invite nearby schools to attend.

If you are interested in a visit by the Webster University Dance Lecture Demonstration Touring Group or participating in “A Day in the Life of a Dancer,” please contact us by email at dance@webster.edu or by phone at 314/246-7747. Hope to see you this year!