Dance Performance Major

Bachelor of Arts Degree

Program Overview

Experience the blending of faith and art--discovering the profound depths of Christ's love and grace as we seek to understand our bodies in motion, as vessels of truth. Seeking to empower artists to promote healing in the midst of poverty, injustices and loss of hope, at ORU we are committed to helping artists discover their artistic voices and go forth with light in the midst of darkness.

Dance Minor

New students who will be minoring in dance and who complete the dance audition will also be eligible for Dance talent award money. 


At ORU Dance students will experience

"Coming into ORU's program as one of the few male dancers with no previous formal training was intimidating at the least, but with the support and welcoming atmosphere of all the dancers and professors in the department I was able to progress at a rate that I never imagined I could.  In one short year, I have been transformed from strictly a hip hop dancer to a well rounded student in both Ballet, Modern, and other styles to go along."

Ryan Biddick

Major: Dance Performance
Hometown: Bixby, OK

  • Dance technique classes including: ballet, modern dance and dance forms (pointe, hip hop, jazz, tap, world dance and partnering)
  • Improvisation and choreography
  • Performance experience by audition for the ORU dance ensemble concerts and musicals
  • Dance for worship
  • Dance performance management
  • Dance pedagogy
  • Dance history
  • Classes in Anatomy, physiology and kinesiology
  • Senior performance
  • Special sessions with guest artists and choreographers


With a dance performance degree you can look forward to a career as a:

  • Professional dancer
  • Professional choreographer
  • Dance company director
  • Dance teacher
  • Dance administrator
  • Dance for worship practitioner
  • Dance science and somatics practitioner
  • Dance fitness instructor
  • Dance historian and researcher
  • Movement analyst
  • Dance therapist
  • Dance writer and critic
  • Arts in the community developer

What do you have to look forward to?

"The ORU Dance program is a place where people interface with their passion for dance and their passion for faith. What comes out of this is the next generation of voices. My hope is that these voices are ones of honesty and authenticity that tell the stories of their lives. My hope is that these voices are ones who feel safe; to be able to be raw and vulnerable and share the depths of life without fear of fitting into the world's standards and categories. This requires superseding any obstacles for the sake of living openly. My hope is that these voices seek to serve their community through their art/life integration. My hope is that these voices continue to find others to connect with, learn from, and grow with so that they can be lifelong learners and never settle to have arrived." Amy Roark-McIntosh, Founding Director of Dance.


Admission to the dance program requires that you audition for the dance program and apply to the University. Applicants will be notified of their acceptance to the university by the Admissions Office and of their acceptance as a dance major by the Dance Program. Dance auditions will be held Friday November 6, 2015 from 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm and Friday March 4, 2016 from 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm. All auditions will be held in the Howard Dance Studio.


In addition to merit scholarships, Talent Awards ranging from $500 - $2000 per year are available to dance majors and minors who audition for the program by Spring College Weekend. You must be accepted both to ORU and have auditioned and been accepted to the ORU dance program by the deadline. The number of scholarships is limited and based on dance talent. Applicants will be notified of their acceptance to the university by the Admissions Office. They will be notified of acceptance as a dance major by the Dance Department. Download a copy of the dance application or apply online.

Degree Plan


Laura Holland
Chair Communication, Arts and Media