Ohio Northern University

Freed Center for the Performing Arts
525 S. Main St.
Ada, OH 45810

Contact Information

Phone: 419/772-1693; Fax: 419/772-1856
Website: http://www.onu.edu/arts_sciences/theatre_arts/areas_of_study/dance

Department Chair and Contact Person: Laurie Bell
E-mail: l-bell@onu.edu


Laurie Bell, Faculty, Director of Dance

Gina Wiley, Adjunct

Brenda Hoyt, Adjunct

Liz Cozad, Adjunct

Colleen Kesner, Adjunct

Amanda Sroka, Adjunct

Kathryn Braunwarth, Adjunct

Ashley Buersmeyer, Adjunct

Program Philosophy

Ohio Northern has a commitment to providing high quality artistic experiences for students and opens auditions to ONU students and area dancers. The program offers a dance minor and working with two dance companies per year in choreographic projects provides a wide range of dance experiences for students. Artists are commissioned to set choreography on a company of dancers decided upon by open auditions. Sometimes the work is danced solely by ONU dancers; sometimes it is an integrated experience with students and professionals dancing side by side. As often as possible when an artist is in residence, master classes are offered. The dance minor is a “freestanding” minor, open to any major in the university. Classes are offered in Modern, Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Dance Styles for Musical Theatre, Dance History, Dance Composition and Dance and Culture. The dance program has a strong musical theatre component.

Degrees Offered: BA Theatre, BFA Musical Theatre, Dance Minor

Undergraduate Majors: Theatre, Musical Theatre, Music, Vocal Performance

Faculty: 1 FT, 2-4 PT

Academic Facilities: Freed Center Educational Wing: Classrooms, computer center, radio and cable station

Production Facilities: Freed Center Performance Wing: Main Stage, Studio Theatre, Shop, Dance Studios, Costume area

Productions: 10 mainstage (theatre, musicals, and dance); 30 guest artists per year

Institution Type: Liberal arts

Location: NW Ohio

Enrollment: 3,000; In department: 20 dance minors

Annual Tuition/Room and Board: $28,050

Department Financial Aid: Talent awards up to $5,000 annually

Other Financial Aid: Academic scholarships up to $15,000 annually

Student Company: ONU Dancers