The primary means of outreach of the Department of Dance beyond the immediate communities of campus and Eugene is the University of Oregon Repertory Dance Company (UORDC), the department's touring company.
UORDC forges community partnerships throughout Oregon, emphasizing dance as both a performance art and an educational discipline for audiences and participants alike.
Company members learn new works and rehearse during winter term in preparation for a spring season tour. UORDC's recent focus has been to provide arts education and movement experiences to rural and coastal communities in Oregon.
Residencies include long-standing partnerships between the department and communities in both Central Point, Oregon and the North Bend-Coos Bay area of coastal Oregon. During company residencies, UO students work directly with K-12 students, and present educational lecture-demonstrations, movement workshops, and master classes.
Much more information is available on the UORDC blog.
UO Repertory Dance Company members engage in a year-long commitment. Students who are either majoring or minoring in dance may apply to participate in the company. Selection is based on a variety of criteria, including performance experience and academic achievement.
Students whom apply for UORDC must be enrolled in both modern and dance upper levels each term in which they participate in UORDC.
In this fantatstic video by The World newspaper of Coos Bay, the 2014 UORDC dancers work with grade school students in the North Bend public school system.