Webster Dance students benefit from close partnerships between the Department of Dance and local dance companies and arts organizations. Students often pursue internships and part-time employment with a host of these companies and many alumni work professionally with them upon graduation.
Dance St. Louis is the Midwest's largest presenter of dance and regularly sponsors regional, national, and international dance companies and festivals. Dance St. Louis Executive and Artistic Director Michael Uthoff is a faculty member in the Webster University Department of Dance. The 2013–14 season for Dance St. Louis includes the Shanghai Ballet, Ballet Memphis, Diavolo Dance Theater, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, national touring productions of Chicago and Evita, the annual Spring to Dance Festival (which brings together more than two dozen companies for three days of non-stop dance), and New Dance Horizons which pairs local dance companies with national choreographers.
Webster Dance students often work as ushers and house managers for The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis and Opera Theatre of Saint Louis who are in residence. Some of our dance majors perform with Opera Theatre of Saint Louis in the summertime.
The Muny is a prestigious professional, Equity summer theater in St. Louis. Auditions are held annually in our studios and students often perform in their productions.
ANNONYArts, which was founded by Webster Dance Professor Beckah Reed, is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to supporting a consortium of independent movement and performing artists who present original works and provide arts education. Currently under the direction of Tom Brady, the strong relationship between Webster Dance and ANNONYArts serves as a springboard for students developing as creative and performing artists.
Professional Dance Companies in St. Louis
The growing professional dance community in St. Louis offers many wonderful opportunities for Webster dancers who work as interns and apprentices. Many dance students find full company positions following graduation. St. Louis dance companies include Modern American Dance Company, Big Muddy Dance Company, Leverage Dance Theater, Karlovsky & Company Dance, Common Thread Contemporary Dance Company, Missouri Ballet Theatre, and St. Louis Ballet.