University of Akron

School of Dance, Theatre, and Arts Administration
Guzzetta Hall
Akron, OH 44325-1005

Contact Information

Phone: 330/972-7408

Program Head: Neil Sapienza


Robin Prichard, Associate Professor – Modern, choreography, dance kinesiology, philosophy and criticism

Cydney Spohn, Professor – Ballet, choreography, history, director of University of Akron Dance Company

Kara Stewart, Visiting College Lecturer-Instruction – Ballet, pointe, education

Nick Carlisle, Visiting College Lecturer-Instruction – Modern, choreography, ballroom, music for dancers, dance as an art form

Dennis Dugan, PT Faculty – Technical theatre

Christina Foisie, Head of University of Akron Dance Institute, PT Faculty – Ballet

Pauline Howe, PT Faculty – Ballet

Melissa Edington – Jazz, tap

Alec Lytton, PT Faculty – Ballet, pointe, modern

Kelli Sanford-Burgoon, PT Faculty – Modern, outreach performances

Julie Schullo, PT Faculty – Ballet, modern, jazz, pilates

Jennifer Lehaney, PT Faculty – Jazz, tap

Tracie Zamiska, PT Faculty – Yoga

Program Philosophy

The purpose of the dance curriculum is to provide leadership opportunities, professional training and liberal arts dance education for students in order to prepare for (1) teaching in public and independent schools, dance studios; (2) performance and choreography; and (3) graduate studies in dance, dance therapy, physical therapy, arts administration and more.

Degrees Offered: BFA in Dance, BA in Dance with a Business Cognate, Dance Minor

Undergraduate Majors: Ballet, modern

Degree Requirements: BA in Dance with a Business Cognate: 121 (70 dance, 9 business, 42 general); BFA-dance 126 (84 dance, 42 general)

Faculty: 4 FT, 11 PT

Academic Facilities: 7 studios, classroom, computer lab, therapy room, Pilates studio

Production Facilities: 300-seat Daum Theater, E.J. Performing Arts Thomas Hall, Guzzetta Hall performance studio

Productions: Choreographers’ Workshop, fall and spring University of Akron Dance Company concerts, misc. brown bag performances and collaborations, UA New Music Festival

Institution Type: Public

Location: NE Ohio

Enrollment: 22,104

In department: 50 majors

Annual Tuition: $11,846 resident; $15,500 nonresident

Annual Room and Board approx.: $11,220

Student Company: University of Akron Dance Company