From the main stage performance with the Webster University Dance Ensemble, to the student choreographed BFA and Creations Concerts, to the performances off campus at the American College Dance Festival Association Conference and in local events, dancers learn and grow at Webster not only in the classroom, but also from performing regularly.
Webster University Dance Ensemble
The Webster University Dance Ensemble is the performance company for the Department of Dance. Auditions are held each Fall with guest artists and faculty invited to choreograph. The Ensemble produces a major concert each Spring in the Loretto-Hilton Center's Virginia Browning Mainstage Theatre.
BFA Choreographic Concerts
Two BFA concerts are held each year, choreographed and performed by students and produced on the University's Stage III theatre. Bachelor of Fine Arts students receive a total of 2.5 years of choreographic experience. As a capstone project, the BFA candidate is required to choreograph three works for a concert and successfully complete all aspects of production including costuming, lighting, and PR/marketing.
Toward the end of each semester, students have the option to participate in a completely student created, choreographed, and performed Creations Concert. All students are welcome to explore choreographing their own dances for this performance.
American College Dance Festival Association
The Webster University Dance Ensemble participates annually in the Regional American College Dance Festival. Webster's choreography is regularly selected for the event's galas, an acknowledgment of the outstanding training one receives at Webster University. In addition to regular performance opportunities in the Department, dance majors are encouraged to explore performance, choreographic and teaching opportunities in the community.
Webster Dance students actively perform in the community throughout the year. Some of the opportunities in any one year might include the Dancing In The Streets Festival in the Grand Arts district of St. Louis, performances at Laumeier Sculpture Park, Webster University Alumni and Parent Week performances on the Quad, and National Dance Week festival at Union Station in St. Louis.