Students at James Madison University are invited to become actively involved in Dance Program activities. The activities and performing ensembles of the JMU Dance Program are as follows:

Associate Group Dance Ensemble

The Associate Group meets for a modern techniques class and repertory rehearsal once a week of each semester and members receive credit and a grade. The Associate Group performs in the student concerts each semester. The ensemble hosts one guest artist per year. In addition to performing, Associate members will have hands-on experience in technical theatre and other production duties. All members of Associate are required to be registered for a modern, ballet, or jazz technique class.

Contemporary Dance Ensemble

The Contemporary Dance Ensemble is comprised primarily of dance majors. The company provides members the opportunity to perform and choreograph for showcases, student concerts and main-stage concerts. The Ensemble hosts two professional guest choreographers per year. In addition, members work with faculty choreographers. The company meets as a whole once a week. However, rehearsals take place throughout the week. Members receive credit and a grade for their participation in the company. The Ensemble performs occasionally for elementary schools, high schools, conventions and festivals. Admittance into the company is by audition. This ensemble is a cornerstone for the dance major experience and produces the spring, main-stage concert.

Virginia Repertory Dance Company

This pre-professional performing company is made up of selected dance majors who have a strong commitment to pursuing opportunities as performers, teachers and choreographers after graduation. Company members are selected through audition, and rehearse a minimum of 10 hours each week. The company performs the work of nationally known guest and faculty choreographers in one main-stage concert each year. It tours throughout Virginia and the region in a variety of performance arenas in the Spring. Only serious dance majors are asked to audition because of the depth of experience and commitment needed to participate in the Virginia Repertory Dance Company.

Other Performance Opportunities

Each dance student at JMU can submit a work for audition into the Fall or Spring Student Concerts. Occasionally the Dance Program will bring guest choreographers to do special projects that will involve all majors. Many freshman and sophomore majors and minors find opportunities to dance in advanced major’s works. Finally, faculty will choreograph other pieces to be performed in the annual Dance Day concert in the studio theatre.

Technical and Production Crews

There are three main-stage productions, four studio theatre concerts, and two studio showcase performances that require stage managers, light and sound technicians, and other production crew members. No experience is necessary. This is an excellent way to get involved with the Dance Program and to learn all aspects of producing a dance concert.

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