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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato


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Let us know about your interest to come here

It's never too early to let us know about your interest in studying Dance at Minnesota State University, Mankato. After reviewing our website, please contact our Dance Program Director, Dr. Julie Kerr-Berry, to schedule a visit. At this time you can meet with Dr. Kerr-Berry, observe an array of diverse dance classes and tour our facilities. You may also wish to consider attending one of our end-of-term dance concerts, usually the beginning of December and the end of April-beginning of May (see our performance schedule). In addition, think about attending our annual High School Dance Workshop held in early October.

Because entering freshmen are encouraged to apply for a Freshman Talent Grant, you can use that form when making your first contact with us. Note: Freshman Talent Grants are awarded at the end of summer/beginning of fall semester ONLY. It gives us a snapshot of who you are and what you hope to get out of your college career, as well as providing us with contact information, and it could help you by providing financial assistance. If you don't want to apply for the Talent Grant, you may send us an e-mail.

Earth, Tomorrow? (2015) choreographed by Alina Fatieieva

Photo by Dan NormanE

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the admission requirements for the Dance Program? To be admitted into the Dance Program, you must apply to the university and be accepted (University Admissions). Then, you'll need to participate in a placement audition in the Dance Program. A placement audition requires that you participate in a modern dance class and/or a ballet class so that the Dance faculty can determine what level of dance technique to put you in when you enter the program. Placement auditions occur the first week of class each semester.

What is the focus of your program? The focus of the Dance Program is in contemporary modern dance. Several other dance forms are offered which include ballet, jazz, tap, dance improvisation, dance composition and Afro-Caribbean dance. There are also a variety of theory courses. Some examples include Dance History, World Dance and Dance Pedagogy.

Do I have to audition? Yes, all Dance students must audition for placement in classes. A placement audition means that you'll participate in a dance technique class in modern dance and/or ballet. The Dance faculty will then determine what level of dance technique (beginning, intermediate or advanced) you should be placed in, based on your skill level.

Can I become a dance major or dance minor without any previous experience? Yes, you can become a Dance major or minor without any previous experience; however, in order to graduate with a Dance major you must rise to an advanced level in modern dance and intermediate level of ballet.

How many faculty members do you have in dance? There are three full-time members of the Dance faculty, and one adjunct faculty member. In addition, each semester a variety of guest artists are invited to campus to work with Dance students. These artists come from all over the United States. Once on campus, they are involved in a series of activites that include some or all of the following: teaching, performing and creating works for students.

What can I do with a degree in dance? There are several career paths that a student can pursue upon graduation. Some examples including performing; teaching in a variety of teaching environments (for example, private studios, recreation centers, after-school programs); pursuing an advanced degree in dance performance, therapy or education; opening up a private studio.

What kind of studio space do you have? The Dance Program has four studio spaces, all with sprung wood floors.

Will I have the opportunity to perform? Yes, you will have a variety of opportunities to perform. At the beginning of each semester, there are auditions for a Dance Concert that happens at the end of each semester. You also can audition for musical theatre productions that occur each semester (plus two during a professional summer stock theatre, Highland Summer Theatre).

Are there any dance scholarships? Yes, as an entering freshman you can apply for a Freshman Talent Grant. You apply by sending a resume and a DVD or VHS of yourself performing and complete an application. A solo work is the best example of your dancing. If you cannot send a solo piece, it is important that you clearly identify yourself if you are performing as part of an ensemble. The easiest way to do this is to focus on a selection in the performance where you can be easily identified.