Programs

Dance

Dancers

The purpose of the Cottey Dance Department is to enhance physical, intellectual, emotional, and social aspects of students’ development.

The Dance Department at Cottey allows students to explore dance in a liberal arts setting, where the topics of biology or history classes overlap with topics in dance classes. The view is of dance within the world, not dance as the world. It is important to the faculty of the Cottey Dance Department that students maintain a panoramic world view, one in which the field of dance is enhanced and in turn, enhances, their other coursework and life activities. This view benefits students who only take one dance class while at Cottey as well as students who complete the Associate of Fine Arts (AFA) degree in Dance or minor in Dance.

For the student interested in a career in dance, dance degree programs focus on the development of performers, choreographers, and educators, and encourage the emergence of new, diverse, and creative dance techniques and styles. Although a college degree in dance is not necessary to perform, it is necessary for those who want to teach dance in college, high school, or elementary schools. A dance degree also provides a foundation for those who want to develop a business or career in the arts. Many dance majors explore careers in fitness and the health sciences.

Dance Classes at Cottey College!
Classes will take place in the dance studios of the Rogers Fine Arts Building on the Cottey College campus. (The building on the north side of Austin Blvd with the really big windows!) Parking available in lots on Cherry Street.
Lessons will be once a week for the month of October (October 3-26).
Creative Movement (ages 4-6) Tuesdays 4 – 4:45 p.m.
Jazz (ages 10-12) Tuesdays 5 – 5:45 p.m.
Jazz (ages 13 and up) Wednesdays 5 – 5:45 p.m.
Pre-ballet (ages 4-6) Thursdays 4 – 4:45 p.m.
Ballet (ages 7-9) Thursdays 5 – 5:45 p.m.
Ballet/Jazz combo (ages 10-12) Thursdays 6 – 6:45 p.m.
Jazz (ages 13 and up) Thursdays 7 – 7:45 p.m.
Classes will be taught by trained Cottey College dance students and are intended for beginner-level dancers.
Dress Code: comfortable stretchy clothes that are not too baggy. No skirts or dresses without shorts or pants underneath. Bare feet or socks.
Cost is $30 (cash or check only) for the 4 lessons. ($5 discount for siblings, $5 discount if a student is taking more than one class a week.) Classes must have 5 students registered by the first day to go.
To register or for questions, contact Jo Byrnes, jbyrnes@cottey.edu
417-667-6333 x2250.
Also available for adults (age 18 and up)–FREE yoga classes on Mondays in October (October 2-30), 5:30pm-6:20pm. Limited number of mats available, no experience necessary, drop-in for one class, a few, or all.
Click here for printable flyer

Click here for information about Dance Scholarships.

Click here for a printable brochure about Dance at Cottey.

Websites To Visit to Explore Careers in Dance

National Dance Education Organization
www.ndeo.org

American College Dance Association
http://www.acda.dance/

Dance Masters of America
www.dma-national.org

Society of Dance History Scholars
www.sdhs.org

Congress on Research in Dance
www.cordance.org

International Association for Dance Medicine and Science
www.iadms.org

For more information contact:
Enrollment Management
1000 West Austin
Nevada, MO 64772
1-888-5-COTTEY
enrollmgt@cottey.edu

Access the Schedule of events here.

The Cottey Dance Department offers these classes for beginners, no previous experience needed: Ballet, Modern, Jazz, Tap, Improvisation, Musical Theater Dance, Dance Appreciation.

  • Modern? Done barefoot, allows more personal expression than ballet or jazz, tends to have more floor work than the other forms
  • Jazz? The stuff you see on Broadway and music videos, usually done to popular music
  • Improvisation? Spontaneously generated movement, created with guidance from the instructor
  • Musical Theater Dance? Learn dance numbers from Broadway musicals
  • All the dance classes perform in the Informal Dance Concert at the end of the semester. (1 performance)
  • Dance Appreciation provides a conceptual and philosophical approach to watching dance.

The Cottey Dance Department offers these classes for the more experienced dancer:
Ballet (no pointe work), Modern, Jazz, Tap, Improvisation, Choreography, Dance Company

  • Membership in the Cottey-in-Motion (Co-Motion) Dance Company is by audition. The Company performs 4 times a year, including a formal concert each semester.
  • Students who take the Choreography class may audition their dances for concerts.

Students can earn their Associates of Fine Arts degree (AFA) or minor in Dance at Cottey.

Sample Schedule for AFA in Dance

Year 1 Fall Spring
Modern 1 Improvisation 1
Jazz 1 Ballet 1
Dance Company 1 Tap 1
Stagecraft 3 Dance Company 1
First Year Writing Seminar 3 Dance Appreciation 3
College Algebra 3 College Writing 3
Social Science 3 Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies 3
Humanities 3
Total: 15 Total: 16
Year 2 Fall Spring
Jazz 1 Ballet 1
Modern 1 Jazz 1
Dance Company 1 Musical Theater 1
Choreography 3 Dance Company 1
Anatomy 4 Dance Project 1
Electives 6 Costuming 3
Lifetime Fitness 3
Electives 4
Total: 16 Total: 15

Jo Byrnes, MFA
Associate Professor of Dance
Director, Cottey-in-Motion (Co-Motion) Dance Company
Coordinator of Dance
151 Rogers Fine Arts Building
417-667-8181 x2250
jbyrnes@cottey.edu

Jenna Wurtzberger, MFA
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Dance
222 Rogers Fine Arts Building
417-667-8181 x2187
jwurtzberger@cottey.edu

Variety of opportunities for dancers of all levels: Classes are offered in multiple dance techniques, appreciation, creation, and performance.

Small Class Size: As with all disciplines, small class size gives each student the advantage of individualized attention. Because so much of assessment in a dance class is based on visual observation and immediate feedback, fewer students in a class give the instructor the opportunity to focus on each individual student more of the time. Hence, each student gets more feedback and more opportunities to apply that feedback and improve. Dance technique classes are usually capped at 16 students.

All classes open to all students: In many college dance departments upper level technique classes and specialized classes such as Improvisation are reserved for dance majors and minors only. We allow any Cottey student in any course, providing pre-requisites are met.

Facilities: The Dance Program has two beautiful, spacious studios with sprung floors, mirrors, and ballet barres in the new Rogers Fine Arts Building. Students have access to studios seven days per week. Student dance performances are given in the Haidee and Allen Wild Center for the Arts.

Dance HighlightsCottey-in-Motion Dance Company: Cottey Students may audition for the Cottey in-Motion (Co-Motion) Dance Company, whose members learn and perform choreography by faculty, students, and guest artists. The Company meets as a class and usually performs twice a semester. Many college departments have performing groups, but the groups are not always a scheduled class; the students and faculty meet on evenings or weekends to rehearse, more as an extra-curricular activity. Having the Dance Company as a class displays the college’s commitment to having a strong dance curriculum.

Performance Opportunities: Cottey Students may perform in an Informal and Formal Dance Concert each semester. The Informal Dance Concerts include performances by students enrolled in dance technique classes, and the Formal Dance Concerts are performances by the Cottey in-Motion (Co-Motion) Dance Company.

Scholarships and Work-study: There are opportunities for talent-based scholarships in dance. Dance Scholarship applicants must have applied and been accepted to the College. There is one paid Dance Department Work-Study position. For further information contact the Office of Enrollment Management toll-free at 1-888-526-8839 or by e-mail at enrollmgt@cottey.edu.

Alums: Students from the Cottey Dance Department have gone on to prestigious dance programs at transfer institutions such as Cornish School of the Arts in Seattle, Columbia College in Chicago, Mills College in Oakland, CA, Arizona State University in Phoenix, AZ, and the University of Maryland. Cottey Alums are teaching and performing in many cities across the United States.

Students can earn their Associates of Fine Arts degree (AFA) in Dance at Cottey.

For the student interested in a career in dance, dance degree programs focus on the development of performers, choreographers, and educators, and encourage the emergence of new, diverse, and creative dance techniques and styles. Although a college degree in dance is not necessary to perform, it is necessary for those who want to teach dance in college, high school, or elementary schools. A dance degree also provides a foundation for those who want to develop a business or career in the arts. Many dance majors explore careers in fitness and the health sciences.

Students from the Cottey Dance Department have gone on to prestigious dance programs at transfer institutions such as Cornish School of the Arts in Seattle, Colombia College in Chicago, Mills College in Oakland, CA, Arizona State University in Phoenix, AZ, and the University of Maryland. Cottey Dance Alums are teaching and performing in many cities across the United States.

A Graduate of the Cottey College AFA in Dance Program:

  • demonstrates above-average dance technique and performance quality in a variety of dance styles.
  • demonstrates good working relationships with colleagues to ensure successful, positive experiences in rehearsals and performance.
  • creates dance works with focused concepts and aesthetic quality.
  • integrates ideas across areas of study and experience into her development as an artist.

DAN 107 Dance Appreciation 3
DAN 211 Intermediate/Advanced Ballet 1
DAN 221 Intermediate/Advanced Jazz 1
DAN 245 Intermediate/Advanced Modern 1
DAN 111/121/146/211/221/245 Another ballet/jazz/modern 1
DAN 111/121/146/211/221/245 Another ballet/jazz/modern 1
DAN 111/121/146/211/221/245 Another ballet/jazz/modern 1
DAN 136/131/232 Musical Theater Dance
OR
Beg. Tap OR Int./Adv. Tap
1
DAN 145 Improvisation* 1
DAN 201 Choreography* 3
*improv is a pre-req for choreography
DAN 200 Dance Company (take 4 semesters) 4
18 hours
For Dance Minors, all DAN activity credits count toward graduation.
Dance Minors should be enrolled in a dance activity class every semester.
(DAN 111/121/131/136/145/146/211/221/232/245/291)
It is recommended Dance Minors take:
BIO 211 and Lab Human Anatomy I 4
THE 110 OR
THE 177
Stagecraft
Theatre Event Technology
3
2
PE 139 Lifetime Fitness Concepts 3