Health and Wellness
VCUarts Dance takes seriously the health of its students. In addition to our admission criteria of “A healthy, physically conditioned body that is injury-free,” we give all incoming freshmen physical therapy screenings to identify areas of weakness or concern and suggest exercises and cross training to address them.
VCUarts Dance looks at health holistically; mental and emotional health are as critical to success in our program as physical health. VCU’s The Well (Wellness Resource Center) offers resources for students seeking help with mental and emotional health issues.
We encourage all Dance majors to maintain a Technique Journal in which they document their progress in technique proficiency by recording information such as:
- Feedback from their instructors in Ballet and Modern
- Areas of known weakness
- Rehabilitation plans and progress
- Questions about feedback or jury comments
Dance USA also has resources with information pertinent to dancers’ health.
VCUarts Dance encourages students to investigate a wide variety of international and summer study opportunities.
Dance majors regularly attend prestigious summer programs such as the American Dance Festival, Bates Dance Festival, Hubbard Street Dance, Philadanco, and Urban Bush Women’s Summer Leadership Institute.
Opportunities for international study (summer, or semester abroad) vary year by year. Faculty have led study abroad programs in Costa Rica, Bulgaria, and Italy. Students have spent semesters abroad in London via the Trinity/Laban Conservatoire in Music and Dance; in Jerusalem, Israel through Hebrew University; and in Paris via the University of South Florida Dance Program’s study abroad program. The department regularly communicates to students regarding international study opportunities, and works closely with the VCU Office of Global Education to facilitate students’ participation in international programs.
Dance majors regularly attend prestigious summer programs with organizations such as the American Dance Festival, Bates Dance Festival, Hubbard Street Dance, Philadanco, and Urban Bush Women’s Summer Leadership Institute.
Consult the Schedule of Classes for the current listing of classes and class descriptions.