If you aspire to dance professionally or simply want to expand and improve your skills, Messiah’s dance program offers a breadth of experiences in ballet, musical theatre, jazz, modern, tap, pedagogy, choreography, dance ministry and dance history.
- Messiah's dance major is housed in the theatre department. The major includes extensive ballet, jazz, modern and tap courses. In addition, dance majors can study improvisation, choreography, arts management, and creative dramatics.
- Eighteen credit hours are required, and students can select from four courses per semester.
- The musical theatre major combines acting, music and dance classes in order to equip students for careers on stage.
GiViM: God's Instruments Visualized in Motion
GiViM is the premier dance ensemble in the Department of Theatre and Dance. Its artistic mission aims to integrate the discipline of dance with a passion to serve God and reflect God's image through motion. Students in the dance major or minor, or students simply interested in performing, may audition for GiViM. Led by Professor Gregg Hurley, students in this course will rehearse weekly and perform at least once per semester.
Studio and classroom spaces for dance courses are currently located on the lower level of Witmer Residence Hall. A recently installed professional raised Marley floor complements the standard ballet barres and mirrors essential to every studio. The studio is also equipped with a quality sound system.
The Climenhaga Building houses the Poorman Black Box Theater, an intimate space with flexible options for performance, as well as the nearly-completed Dance Studio.
During your four years at Messiah, the Department of Theatre and Dance will stage at least three musicals during J-Term, a three-week intensive semester during which students earn academic credit for musical rehearsals and performances. Recent musicals have included "A Year with Frog and Toad,"
“Godspell,” “Urinetown: The Musical,” “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown” and “Carousel.”
Experienced dancers are integral to Messiah’s musical productions--both for their on-stage talent and their choreographing skills. In 2008, Anne-Marie (Robinson) Sieman '08 was recruited to choreograph “Godspell,” a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for the experienced dancer. Sieman wrote about the experience for Messiah’s magazine, “The Bridge.”