The University of Oregon Dance Department produces a concert in November that features the work of guest artists, faculty members, or graduate students. The November Production Concert has recently produced works by Gabe Masson, Brad Garner, Shannon Mockli, Linda K. Johnson, Mary Oslund, and Minh Tran.
The department offers frequent opportunities for students to perform in works by faculty members, guest artists, graduate students, and undergraduates. Performances are produced throughout the year, and any university student may participate. Participants are usually selected through auditions. Supervised performances and performance-related activities carry academic credit.
A student may audition a dance for performance in student concerts or gain experience in performance, teaching, lighting, costuming, makeup, management of productions, or a combination of these. Students can earn practicum credit in dance choreography, production design, and management. Workshop credit for performance and production work is also possible.
University of Oregon Repertory Dance Company
Repertory groups tour Oregon and the Northwest presenting concert performances as well as lecture-demonstrations and master classes for public schools, colleges, universities, civic organizations, and community concerts.
Dance Africa’s touring season focuses on area elementary, middle and high schools, and reaches nearly 3000 school children every year. The company has become a unique part of the African Studies curriculum in many of these schools, with its interactive performance of traditional music, song and dance representing diverse African cultural groups. The company complements its performance by leading lessons in African geography, musical instrumentation and rhythms, storytelling, history, and culture.
Additional Dance Opportunities
Theatrical collaborations with the School of Music or Department of Theater Arts provide performance opportunities that incorporate acting, singing, and dancing. These activities also carry academic credit.
A student organization partially funded by the Associated Students of the University of Oregon, Dance Oregon is open to any student interested in dance. Its general function is to enhance and enrich through student intiative, the dance opportunities offered thorough the department. To this end, Dance Oregon provides a variety of activities each year that are promoted on and off campus. Examples include sponsoring professional guest artists to perform, lecture, set repertory, or teach master classes. A large function of Dance Oregon is to organize student participation in the American College Dance Festival.