Kent State University

School of Theatre and Dance

College of the Arts
School of Theatre and Dance
Dance Division
D101 Center for the Performing Arts
1325 Theatre Drive
Kent OH 44242-0001

Accredited by National Association of Schools of Dance

Program Head
Jeffrey Rockland,, 330-672-0124
Direct Dance Division General Phone 330/672-2069 Fax 330/672-2889
E-mail Website


Kimberly Karpanty, Associate Professor, modern, jazz, composition, dance science, dance technology, Artistic Director of the Kent Dance Ensemble
Barbara Allegra Verlezza, Associate Professor, modern, ballet, dance as an art form, dance history, composition, professional aspects of dance
Joan Meggitt, Assistant Professor, modern, composition, dance as an art form, improvisation, Dance History

MaryAnn Black, Visiting Assistant Professor, Musical Theatre Dance, Dance as an Art form, jazz. Tap
Bill Sallak, Assistant Professor, Dance music director, accompanist, music for dancers
Antara Datta, PT instructor, Kathak Dance
Tanya Mucci, PT Instructor, Modern and improvisation
Beverly Petersen-Fitts, PT Instructor, ballet, modern, jazz, tap, swing
Megan Pitcher, PT instructor, dance as an art form, hip hop
Erin Smith, PT Instructor, ballet, modern jazz
Danielle Stevens, PT Instructor, Hip Hop, first year experience
Janine Tiffe, PT instructor, African dance

Degrees Offered BFA-Dance Performance
BA in Dance Studies
Dance Minor
Degree Requirements 120-129 credits
Faculty 5 FT, 7 PT, 1 FT Music Director

Academic Facilities 3 dance studios, rehabilitation studio, classrooms, and offices in the Roe Green Center for the School of Theatre and Dance
Production Facilities 550-seat proscenium, 250-seat flexible, 400-seat auditorium,
200 seat black box theatre
Productions 4+: faculty, Student Dance Festival, Kent Dance Ensemble, BFA Senior Dance Concert, fringe festival, musical theatre

Institution Type State University
Location NE Ohio
Enrollment 28,000
in department 30 majors, 20 minors, 15 musical theatre majors,
500 non-majors/semester
Annual Tuition $10,012 resident
$17,972 nonresident
Annual Room and Board $9,908
Department Financial Aid Creative Artists Awards, merit scholarships through Honors College

Program Philosophy

The Kent State University dance program is dedicated to developing technically sound, intellectually diverse, and creatively expressive dance artists who can contribute significantly to the field. The BFA program emphasizes modern dance with majors in dance performance or dance education (multiage license).The division is strongly supported by courses in ballet, jazz, composition, and dance science, taught by an experienced and active faculty of artist/teachers. A minimum of four concerts are offered annually.

Pre-professional Student Company Kent
Dance Ensemble, Artistic Director, Kimberly Karpanty