Major Code BF1906
Honors Tutorial College
35 Park Place
Athens, OH 45701
Marina Walchli, director of studies/contact person
The Honors Tutorial College dance studies program in the School of Dance offers an individualized course of study for exceptionally talented and highly motivated students. Working within the daily routine of studio classwork necessary for all dance majors in a professional training program, the tutorial program aims to provide the outstanding and disciplined student with the maximum freedom for independent academic and creative achievement. The prospective student, working with the director of HTC dance studies, designs a curriculum around his or her particular interests and talents, with breadth of experience, depth in selected areas and challenge for superior achievement as the goals. The director of HTC dance studies functions as the curriculum advisor and coordinator of tutorials for the duration of the student’s time in the program. Examples of emphasis might be, but would not be limited to, one or a combination of the following: dance performance, choreography, dance pedagogy, dance kinesiology and somatic study, dance history, dance ethnography, African dance, dance criticism or movement analysis. This is a four-year program though it may be possible to complete the program in less than four years with the approval of the School of Dance faculty and director of HTC dance studies.
Students are selected by the director of HTC dance studies and the Honors Tutorial College on the basis of superior ability and sustained motivation. We look for good scores on standardized tests (30 composite ACT or combined score of 1300 on SAT). Students must also demonstrate exceptional talent in dance theory, performance or choreography through the School of Dance entrance audition. In addition to application and admission to the Honors Tutorial College, students must apply and audition for admission to the School of Dance. Students must submit 2 letters of recommendation (one academic and one dance) and 2 writing samples (one research paper and one creative/literary paper). Students will be evaluated on the basis of high school curriculum and GPA, standardized test scores (ACT/SAT), and quality of application essays. The deadline for application for admission is December 1st, and admission interviews are held in January.
Change of Program Policy
First year students at Ohio University may apply to transfer into the dance studies tutorial program and the Honors Tutorial College. These students must meet the same entrance requirements as entering freshmen. The deadline for application is December 1st, and admission interviews are held in January. Under no circumstances will this be permitted after the freshman year.
External Transfer Admission
First year students at another institution may also apply to transfer into the dance studies tutorial program and the Honors Tutorial College. These students must meet the same entrance requirements as entering freshmen. The deadline for application is December 1st, and admission interviews are held in January.
Opportunities Upon Graduation
Career opportunities available to the dance graduate include preparation and/or foundational studies for:
- Choreographer for concert, theater, video, film, fashion, or public events;
- Dancer in companies, films or theatrical productions;
- Company manager, arts administrator. production manager;
- Teachers in educational settings and community organizations;
- Body-based therapeutic work such as pilates, Bartenieff Fundamentals, massage therapy;
- Personal trainer;
- Dance movement therapist;
- Dance critic or dance-related cultural historian, writing in dance;
- Graduate study in dance