Lake Erie College

Dance Program, Box 354
391 West Washington Street
Painesville, OH 44077
Head of Fine Arts Program, John Huston Phone 440-375-7462; Fax 440-375-7454 E-mail or Website
Contact person Lisa DeCato or Chris DiCello


Lisa DeCato, Associate Professor, modern, Pilates, choreography, Laban/Bartenieff studies
Chris DiCello, Associate Professor, ballet, tap, kinesiology, choreography

Amy Compton-Schulz, Adjunct, jazz, hip-hop, modern, dance history
Howard Washington, Adjunct: hip-hop

Program Philosophy

Lake Erie College is committed to the development of student dancers. It is our goal to develop dance artists who are technically proficient, grounded in the history and aesthetic theory of their craft and skilled in the creation and production of original art work. Class sizes are typically small, and as a result, attention can be given to the individual needs of the student.The College faculty whole-heartedly believes that creative process work is essential to the formation of a “complete” dance artist. Therefore, in addition to course work in composition, all students who elect a dance concentration are required to join faculty and guest choreographers in the development and production of creative work which is presented in informal and formal venues throughout the academic year.

Degrees offered:

BA in Fine Arts with a concentration in dance BFA with a concentration in dance
Dance Minor
Degree Requirements: 56 total semester
hours, 32 semester hours in dance and 24 in Fine Arts area outside of chosen discipline

Faculty: 2/2 adjunct/regular visiting artists Academic Facilities: studio, classrooms Production Facilities: C.K. RickelTheater, B.K. Smith Gallery, studio

Productions: student/faculty concerts, gallery showings, visiting artists’ concerts Institution Type: private liberal arts
Location Northeast Ohio

Enrollment: Campus averages over 1300 undergraduates
In Department: 100 participants, 10 majors Annual Tuition: $25,876

Annual Room and Board: $8,072 Departmental Financial Aid: partial scholarships
Other Financial Aid: federal, state and institutional sources

In-Residence Professional Company:

Dance/Theater Collective