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University Dancers

University Dancers is the student ensemble company of the University of Richmond in the Department Theatre and Dance. Founded in 1985 by Myra Daleng, the company’s current artistic director is Anne Norman Van Gelder. Auditions are held in the early fall and dancers are trained in a variety of techniques such as ballet, modern, non-traditional partnering, jazz and the creative process in company classes (three per week) and rehearsals. A member of UD (Danc 306) does not have to be a dance major or minor to be in the company and all members receive academic credit for their work in the company, including credit towards their dance major or dance minor.

Students have had the opportunity to work with a variety of professional choreographers.  Past choreographers are Robert Battle, Stefanie Batten Bland, Jacqulyn Buglisi, Alexandra Damiani, Jessica Lang, Francesca Harper, Sean Curran, Jean Paul Comelin, Erick Hawkins, Kanji Segawa, Doug Varone, Christian von Howard and UR dance faculty among others.

University Dancers perform one main stage concert in the spring and there are often additional performance opportunities throughout the academic year.  Rehearsals take place during the week and on weekends and the time commitment is approximately 20 – 25 hours per week during the fall semester. Depending on how many choreographic works in which a dancer is cast, the time commitment increases in the spring. Members of University Dancers have the opportunity to choreograph for the spring concert. Student works are accepted for the spring concert following adjudication. Members of UD regularly participate at the American College Dance Association in the spring semester. All dance classes in the academic schedule are open to any student on a level-appropriate basis and students receive academic credit.  Students also have the opportunity to audition and perform in the Department of Theatre & Dance’s musical every other year.