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Department of Dance

Dance programs at Georgian Court University give students the opportunity to combine a professional practice with a strong liberal arts foundation. This enables graduates to advance themselves for the many careers available in the field of dance.

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Dancers know about the transformative power of dance firsthand. That is why pursuing a career in dance at the university level is so desirable—it lets them bridge the gap between practicing their passion and creating a viable career. GCU provides an encouraging environment that fosters personal, intellectual, artistic, and spiritual growth—not to mention career guidance.

The Department of Dance aims to instruct students in motivated, genuine, and unadorned dance principles. Each member of our faculty believes that artistic talent can be developed successfully and to its full extent on a solid basis of technical skills mediating between tradition and innovation as well as creative practice and critical thinking. We proudly offer three faculty-led ensembles a semester, as well as distinguished guests that choreograph original or repertory works for our students. Plus, the program allows students to double major or minor in other related fields such as exercise science, wellness, and sports; visual art; business administration; digital communication; Integrative Health; and more.

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Dance students performing on stage

Our department has worked diligently to ensure beautiful studio spaces equipped with state-of-the-art equipment.  We also offer scholarships to highly qualified students. From 2009 to 2016, the Department of Dance has hosted many distinguished guest artists including MacArthur Fellow Rennie Harris, Pew Fellow Merian Soto and Guggenheim Fellow Tamar Rogoff.

The department also offers Kappa Omicron Nu, which is an honor society for students studying dance, exercise science, and Integrative Health who have a GPA over 3.2.

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Undergraduate Programs

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Dance Therapy

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For more information on program requirements, concentrations, and credentials, consult the Undergraduate Catalog.

Full-time Faculty​

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Bonczek, Erin

Coordinator
School of Arts & Sciences
Wellness Center (403)
robapmrx@trbetvna.rqh
732-987-2171

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Silvana Cardell

Cardell, Silvana

Associate Professor
School of Arts & Sciences
Wellness Center (402)
fpneqryy@trbetvna.rqh
732-987-2170

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Megan Mazarick

Mazarick, Megan

Assistant Professor
School of Arts & Sciences
Wellness Center (404)
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732-987-2387

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The GCU Dance Department is accepting video auditions for 2021/2022 school year

Please send your dance solo audition via a private YouTube link or a link to Google Drive to Silvana Cardell, chair of the Department of Dance, at fpneqryy@trbetvna.rqh and Erin Bonczek, dance program coordinator, at robapmrx@trbetvna.rqh by March 29, 2021. You should also attach the required written essay to the e-mail.

The dance audition will determine admission to the Georgian Court University dance program and eligibility for dance scholarships. The dance audition consists of:

Individual audition:
Each dancer will perform a study (short dance) featuring their own choreography or choreography by one of their teachers.

Specifications of the study:
Style: Any style of dance that the student feels confident dancing
Maximum Length: 2 minutes
Written essay:
The student will also need to bring to the audition a brief essay (1-2 pages) explaining ALL of the following:

  • Why would you like to pursue a career in dance?
  • What would you like to achieve in these four years of training and dance education?
  • Why it is important to you to attend a dance program at a liberal arts university?
  • What do you see yourself doing in the dance field after graduation?

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