Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts



College Life

College Life

VCU Dance is part of a large, urban university with a vibrant community of students, faculty and staff who support growth, commitment and perseverance.

Dance majors pursue their core courses in one building, the Dance Center and create close, working relationships with their colleagues. Courses in general studies carry dance majors into the wider university setting enabling them to meet and study with the diverse student body.


Typical Schedule for a Freshman Dance Major

A first-year student, Hunter, balances academic courses with his dance classes, rehearsals and work schedule:

Monday and Wednesday

  • Ballet I: 8:30 – 10:00 am
  • Improvisation: 10:10 -11: 40 am
  • Modern I: 11:50 a.m. – 1:20 p.m.
  • Freshman Repretory: 4:50 – 6:20 p.m.
  • Wednesday Nights- Rehearsal for Informal Salon: 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.

Tuesday and Thursday
  • Ballet I: 8:30 – 10:00 a.m.
  • Modern I: 11:50 a.m. – 1:20 p.m.
  • Dance History: 1:30 – 3:00 p.m.
  • Thursday Afternoon- Honors Freshman Seminar: 3:30 – 4:45 p.m.

Friday
  • Department meeting with all dance majors: 11:00 – 11:30 a.m.
  • Dance Workshop (Master class for level I & II dance majors): 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
  • Focused Inquiry: 3:00 – 3:50 p.m.
  • Work at Pizza Place: 5:00 – Midnight

Saturday
  • Rehearsal for Junior Project: 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
  • Rehearsal for Junior Project: 2:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m

Sunday
  • Rehearsal for Informal Salon: 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.
  • Work Teaching at Local Studio: 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
  • My Senior Project Rehearsal: 100: a.m. – Noon
  • Senior Project Rehearsal: 2:00 – 3:30 p.m.


Typical Schedule for a Senior Dance Major
    Senior, Candace, balances her departmental courses along with her faculty, guest artist, and senior projects and work schedule:

Monday and Wednesday
  • Ballet IV: 10:10 – 11:40 a.m.
  • Modern IV w/ Christian von Howard or guest artist faculty: 1:30 – 3:00 p.m.
  • Monday Nights- Guest Artist Rehearsal: 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday Nights- My Senior Project Rehearsal: 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Tuesday and Thursday
  • Senior Project Class: 8:30 – 10:00 a.m.
  • Ballet IV: 10:10 – 11:40 a.m.
  • African American Presence in Dance: 11:50 a.m. – 1:20 p.m.
  • Modern IV: 1:30 – 3:00 p.m.
  • Lighting Design for Dance: 3:10 – 4:40 p.m.
  • Tuesday Nights- Faculty Rehearsal: 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.
  • Thursday Nights- Guest Artist Rehearsal: 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. ; Senior Project Rehearsal: 8:30 – 10:00 p.m.

Friday
  • Dance Workshop (Master class for level III & IV dance majors): 9:30 a.mm – 11:00 a.m.
  • Department meeting with all dance majors: 11:00 – 11:30 a.m.
  • Tap Ensemble Rehearsal: 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
  • Faculty Rehearsal: 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.

Saturday
  • Work Teaching at Local Studio: 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Sunday
  • My Senior Project Rehearsal: 100: a.m. – Noon
  • Senior Project Rehearsal: 2:00 – 3:30 p.m.