Dance.....something more at ORU!

toe shoesExperience 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.

After you have been admitted to ORU, you will need to apply to the dance program and register to attend one of our dance auditions, register online.  Auditionsdancers in black are held during College Weekend, giving you the opportunity to check out ORU when you come for an audition. Auditions will be held on the following dates:

  • November 6, 2015, 1-3 p.m. in the Howard Dance Studio
  • March 4, 2016, 1-3 p.m. in the Howard Dance Studio

All auditions will be held in the Howard Dance Studio. Click here for additional dance audition information or video auditions.

In addition to merit scholarships, Talent Awards ranging from $500 - $2000 per year are available to dance majors who audition for the program by Spring College Weekend. You must be accepted both to ORU and have auditioned and been accepted to ORU dance program by the deadline. The number of scholarships is limited and based on dance talent.

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

Our dance faculty includes:

Faculty Member Specialty Training
Hope Theodoras Ely Ballet, Pointe, Ensemble Former soloist with Tulsa Ballet Theatre
Roman Jasinski Ballet, Pas de Deux, Ensemble American Ballet Theatre, Cincinnati Ballet, Tulsa Ballet Theatre
Rachel Bruce Johnson

Dance History, Modern

MFA Dance Performance/Choreography, Texas Woman's University, Denton, TX
Heather Hall Newman Broadway Jazz, Ensemble Director/Choreographer for Tulsa Project Theatre
Chelsea Pirtle Ballet, Modern, Choreography, Improvisation

BF.A Ballet, Belhaven University, Jackson, MS; Alonzo King Lines Ballet Training Program, San Francisco, CA

Allisn Poringle Ballet, Pointe, Pas de Deux, Variations, Ensemble

School of American Ballet, Houston Ballet, Sacramento Ballet, and Tulsa Ballet Theatre

Robbee Stafford Modern Certified in CPI, D.K. Body Balancing Method of Pilates. Toured with Impact Productions.
Heather Hall Newman Broadway Jazz, Ensemble Director/Choreographer for Tulsa Project Theatre