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Dance Minor

Dancing Through College

Taylor University has one of the few Christian college Dance programs and Indiana college Dance programs. Focused on the scholarship of the arts, the Dance minor provides an athletically and academically challenging curriculum for students looking to continue their formal dance training or pursuing careers related to dance.

As a Dance minor, you can expect intense technique courses in ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical (modern), or pointe with the option to take advanced ballet and modern courses. Our experienced Dance faculty will teach you to use your full body in both performances and choreography development, focusing on both the kinesthetic and physiological influences of dance. Other courses—such as dance pedagogy, improvisation and composition, and dance history—will allow you to develop your own choreography style and specialize in a performance genre.

All Dance minors will perform in a dance production or musical theatre performance each year. Dance classes are held in our two studio classroom—both equipped with full-length mirrors and plenty of barre space—while performances are held in Mitchell Theater, Rediger Chapel, and Butz-Carruth Recital Hall.

Students do not need to audition to declare a Dance minor, and the Dance minor is open to students of all disciplines. With only 21 credit hours, this minor would be a great addition for students majoring in Exercise Science, Theatre, Business, Psychology, or Social Work and interested in careers such as dance teachers, performers, dance studio owners, and dance therapists.

*Dance students with previous dance experience are encouraged to bring their gear, including dance shoes, skirts, leotards, tights, etc.

Dance Curriculum & Degree Options

Contact the Dance Program

Tracy Manning, Department of Music, Theatre, & Dance Co-Chair & Assistant Professor of Theatre Arts

Kory Browder, Dance Instructor

Judy Kirkwood, Theatre Program Assistant

Related Majors and Related Minors
Music, Theatre, & Dance Department
Sharpening Your Craft; Engage Your Faith

The department of Music, Theatre & Dance emphasizes active learning in every program. By joining our Music and Theatre majors, you won’t just sit and study methods and theories—you’ll put them into action.

Through ensemble rehearsals, concerts, theatrical productions, student recitals, and fully staged musicals and operas, our students take their learning from the desk to the stage. You’ll also gain a technical background in music theory, acting methods, and dance techniques to take your gifts and skills to the next level and pursue industry-related careers on top of performance.

Auditions & Scholarships

All prospective music and musical theatre majors must audition for admission into the Music, Theatre & Dance department. Our programs offer both merit- and need-based awards that are designed to enhance the University’s financial aid package. To be considered for music scholarships, students interested in music majors or minors must be complete their auditions by March 15.

To sign up for an audition time, speak with a Taylor Music or Theatre professor, or to receive additional information about music auditions and scholarships, please contact Lisa Royal, the music program assistant, at lsroyal@taylor.edu.

Composing Your Future
Grad Programs

Some of our Music, Theatre & Dance graduates have gone one to complete their master’s degrees at the following colleges:

  • Bowling Green State University
  • Ball State University
  • Indiana University
  • Southern Illinois University
  • University of Michigan
Career Opportunities

No matter which Music, Theatre & Dance major you pursue, you will have a wide range of career opportunities, from music composer to performer to teacher to stage manager. The Music, Theatre & Dance department has a 96% career placement rate, and our faculty and Calling and Career Office work hard to connect students to employment and internship opportunities throughout their time at Taylor.

Learn more about Taylor University’s Music, Theatre, & Dance philosophy.

Music Facilities & Equipment

The Smith-Hermanson Music Center houses an electronic music studio, a music technology lab, teaching studios, rehearsal rooms, and practice rooms. The attached 218-seat Butz-Carruth Recital Hall boasts a Bösendorfer grand and a Steinway piano. The Recital Hall is designed to provide the best acoustics for performance recording. The electronic studio and technology lab are equipped with music composition and editing software.

Other facility equipment includes:
  • 47 pianos across campus
  • Wind, brass, string, and percussion instruments
  • Electronic and pipe organs
  • Five-octave handbells
  • African drums
  • Drum sets and keyboards
Private Lessons & Ensembles

We offer ensembles and private lessons in all instrumental and choral areas.

  • Instrumental: symphony Orchestra, wind and jazz ensembles, jazz combos, bell choirs, and chamber music ensembles such as string quartet, brass ensemble, and flute choir
  • Piano: piano, piano pedagogy, piano class, and accompanying
  • Voice: voice, musical theatre, lyric theatre, opera, and three choral ensembles

Explore Taylor’s Ensembles

Contact Lisa Royal at lsroyal@taylor.edu or 765-998-5232 to learn more.

Faculty & Staff
Department Heads

Chris Bade

Professor of Music, Dept. Co-Chair
Woodwinds & Orchestra


Tracy Manning

Assistant Professor of Theatre Arts, Dept. Co-Chair
Managing & Artistic Director of Theatre



Conor Angell

Associate Professor of Music
Lyric Theatre & Voice


Eva Kwan

Assistant Professor of Music
Music Education


JoAnn Rediger

Professor of Music
Chorale & Taylor Sounds


Patricia Robertson

Professor of Music
Voice & Lyric Theatre



Judy Kirkwood

Program Assistant for Theatre & Film


Cathy Moore

Concert & Tour Coordinator


Lisa Royal

Music Program Assistant


Terrance Volden

Technical Director of Theatre