The Department of Dance Studies serves a wide range of students, who are preparing to discover the dynamic possibilities of a career in the arts or health related fields. The Department of Dance Studies offers a bachelor of arts in dance studies, as well as a bachelor of arts or a bachelor of science in dance and movement science.
A BA in Dance Studies is an interdisciplinary program that combines dance theory and technique with a variety of departmental courses.
The BA/BS in Dance and Movement Science is a combination of dance theory and technique, with a focus on human science and movement.
Where will my degree take me?
The Dance Studies Department serves a wide range of students, who are preparing to discover the dynamic possibilities of a career in the arts or health related fields. The BA and BS in Dance Studies enhances the focus on dance-related fields, such as choreography, management, education, and multiple health related fields. Both degrees allow students to pursue further education in dance and movement-related areas, such as pursuing an MFA in Choreography or Physical Therapy, or attending medical school.
The BA is an interdisciplinary program that combines dance theory and technique with various different departmental courses that allow students to cultivate their own interests. The BA in Dance Studies positions itself as a degree that allows women to explore their passions and to reach their artistic goals.
The BA/BS in Dance and Movement Science is a combination of dance theory and technique, with a significant focus on human science and movement. This degree empowers students to prepare for health related careers, such as dance and physical therapy, fitness education, exercise physiology, and somatic instruction.
The dance department is under advisement of Heidi Echols. Receiving her MFA from UNC Greensboro, Heidi has trained with many renowned dance educators and has presented her choreography nationally. Adjunct Faculty includes Shawn Bowman-Hicks, Karola Luttringhaus, and Melissa Pihos. Guest artists include Bill T. Jones, Twyla Tharp, and multiple local artists. For photos and to learn more about dance at Salem College, visit our website.
Dance Majors (B.A.)
The BA in Dance Studies will position itself as a degree that allows women to explore their passions and to reach their artistic goals. The BA is an interdisciplinary program that combines dance theory and technique.
BA Dance Studies (15 course credits)
Dance Core Courses 6 course credits
Dance Technique Courses 3 course credits
Ensemble 1 course credit
Additional Electives 5 course credits
The BA/BS in Dance and Movement Science is a combination of dance theory with technique, and a significant focus on human science and movement.
BA Dance and Movement Science (15 course credits)
Dance Core Courses 4 course credits
Dance Technique and Ensemble 3 course credits
Science Courses 7 course credits
Exercise Science Elective 1 course credit
BS Dance and Movement Science (18 course credits)
Dance Core Courses 4 course credits
Dance Technique and Ensemble 2 course credits
Science Courses 11 course credits
Exercise Science Elective 1 course credit
Dance Minor5 course credits
Dance Management Minor 5 course credits
Dance Courses (DANC)
The following dance technique courses may be used to satisfy one-half of the Salem Signature two-course physical education activity requirement: DANC 020, 021, 022, 034, 035, 036, 037, 038 or 039.
020. Dance Company Performance One-quarter course
021. Dance Company Choreography One-quarter course
022. Dance Company Production One-quarter course
034. Beginning Ballet One-half course
035. Intermediate/Advanced Ballet One-half course
036. Beginning Jazz Dance One-half course
037. Intermediate/Advanced Jazz Dance One-half course
038. Beginning Modern Dance One-half course
039. Intermediate/Advanced Modern Dance One-half course
104. History of Dance One Course
201. Choreography One Course
202. Movement Research/Somatic study One Course
210. Dance in the Community One Course
220. Special Topics in Dance One-quarter to one course
230. Independent Study in Dance One-quarter to one course
270. Internship in Dance Studies One Course
350. Capstone - Research Methods in Dance One Course
Heidi Echols, Associate Professor and Chair
Heidi Echols, MFA is an associate professor and Chair of Dance Studies at Salem College. Along with teaching dance theory and technique, Heidi is also the artistic director of the Salem College Dance Company. She has trained, performed, and choreographed with many dance artists, including Merce Cunningham, Bill T. Jones, and Twyla Tharp. Heidi has presented her work and teaching pedagogy research nationally. Heidi is the recipient of the NCAAHPERD College Dance Educator of the Year.
Shawn Bowman-Hicks, Adjunct Faculty
Shawn Bowman-Hicks received her MFA in Dance from The Ohio State University and her bachelor from Columbia College. She has been a guest artist and on the faculties at several schools, including Ohio State, Towson State, Goucher College, Wake Forest University, UNC Greensboro, and Guangxi Arts College in China. She has had numerous dance works produced, and performs regionally.
Karola Lüttringhaus, Adjunct faculty
Karola was born in Berlin, Germany. Merging American experiences with her European roots, she creates interdisciplinary works in dance theatre, installation, scene design, sound, and costume design. She is the artistic director of ALBAN ELVED DANCE COMPANY, and works as a freelance designer, choreographer, and educator at theatres and universities across Europe and the US. She holds a BFA in Dance and Choreography from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts and a MA/MFA in Scene Design from the Technische Universität Berlin, Germany.
Brianna Taylor, Adjunct Faculty
Atiba Rorie, Accompaniment
Twyla Tharp (2014)
Twyla Tharp founded her own dance company, Twyla Tharp Dance, in 1965. She has since choreographed more than 150 works: 129 dances, 12 television specials, five Hollywood movies, four full-length ballets, four Broadway shows, and two figure skating routines. Tharp is the recipient of a Tony Award, two Emmy Awards, 19 honorary doctorates, and a 2008 Kennedy Center Honor. In addition to choreographing for her own company, she has created dances for companies worldwide.
Jason Aryeh (2013)
Jason Aryeh is an Assistant Professor of Dance, choreographer, and artist scholar. Aryeh has worked with numerous artists in developing movements of infusion into choreography, He has won many awards, including the prestigious student award at the ongoing American Dance Festival (ADF) as a Faculty Assistant. Aryeh is the artistic director and choreographer for African Alive Dance Company and holds a BFA in Dance and African Studies from the University of Ghana, and an MFA in Choreography and Performance from the State University of New York, College at Brockport.
Ursula Kendall (2013)
Ursula Kendall was born in Atlanta, GA, and captivated the audience of her peers and teachers as a graduating student of Tri-Cities High School Turner Visual and Performing Arts Magnet Honoree. She landed a partial scholarship for the summer intensive program at The Alvin Ailey School. Ursula has danced for the Dillard Diamonds dance team, where she choreographed some of their featured pieces that were aired on BET’s 106th and Park.
Bill T. Jones (2012)
Bill T. Jones is a multi-talented artist, choreographer, dancer, theater director, and writer. He has received major honors, ranging from a 1994 MacArthur “Genius” Award to a Kennedy Center Honors in 2010. His ventures into Broadway theater resulted in a 2010 Tony Award for Best Choreography in the critically acclaimed Fela! He also earned a 2007 Tony Award for Best Choreography in Spring Awakening, as well as an Obie Award for the show’s 2006 off-Broadway run. His choreography for the off-Broadway production of The Seven earned him a 2006 Lucille Lortel Award.
Melissa Pihos (2012-2013)
Melissa Pihos graduated from UNC Greensboro with an MFA in Choreography, where she created PIHOS: A Moving Biography – a documentary dance/film performance that focuses on her father’s fight with Alzheimer’s disease and various aspects of his life. She currently dances for The Jan Van Dyke Dance Group and for Sidelong Dance Company. Her choreography is described as being complicated, gripping, evocative, moving and captivating. She often uses multimedia technology in her work, which adds a layer to the viewer’s visual experience.
Renay Aumiller (2011)
Renay Aumiller has presented her dance works across the United States and in the Triangle/Triad areas of North Carolina as the Founder/Artistic Director of Renay Aumiller Dances (RAD). She dances with The Kearns Dance Project, and has performed for numerous choreographers and companies including Renée Wadleigh, Christian Von Howard, and Chicago-based contemporary companies, The Dance Team and Thread Meddle Outfit. She teaches regularly at the Samuel H. Scripps ADF Studios in Durham, NC and is an assistant professor of Dance at Elon University.