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

Contact Information

Phone: 330/672-2069; Fax: 330/672-2889

Program Head: Joan Meggitt
Phone: 330/672-0130


Kimberly Karpanty, Associate Professor – modern, jazz, composition, dance science, dance technology
Gregory King, Assistant Professor – modern, composition, Artistic Director of the Kent Dance Ensemble
Jeffrey Marc Rockland, Associate Professor – ballet, dance education
Barbara Allegra Verlezza, Associate Professor – modern, ballet, dance as an art form, dance history, composition, professional aspects of dance
Joan Meggitt, Associate Professor – modern, composition, dance as an art form, improvisation, Dance History
MaryAnn Black, Assistant Professor – Musical Theatre Dance, Dance as an Art form, jazz. Tap
Hannah Blake, PT instructor – Dance as an Art Form
Samuel McIntosh, PT Instructor – Hip Hop
Tanya Mucci, PT Instructor – Modern and improvisation
Beverly Petersen-Fitts, PT Instructor – ballet, modern, jazz, tap, swing
Erin Smith, PT Instructor – ballet, modern jazz
Janine Tiffe, PT instructor – African dance

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.

Accredited by National Association of Schools of Dance

Degrees Offered: BFA-Dance Performance, BA in Dance Studies, Dance Minor

Degree Requirements: 120 credits

Faculty: 6 FT, 6 PT

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, 79 minors, 15 musical theatre majors, 500 non-majors/semester

Annual Tuition: $9,816 resident; $17,776 nonresident

Annual Room and Board: $9,536

Department Financial Aid: Creative Artists Awards, merit scholarships through Honors College

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