Department of Dance
Slippery Rock, PA
The SRU Department of Dance offers the only Bachelor of Arts (BA) and Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in dance degree programs in Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education. The university is situated in beautiful western Pennsylvania and is located one-hour north of the Pittsburgh cultural district. The faculty offers a diverse range of technique courses, including contemporary, improvisation, contemporary partnering, ballet, jazz and classical Indian dance. Students may audition for two resident dance companies: SRU Dance Theatre and Palenque Afro-Colombian Dance Ensemble.
The BA in Dance is a rigorous program that provides a comprehensive dance education that is compatible with other academic disciplines for students who desire a double major. The professionalized BFA in Dance degree program provides an excellent dance education with advanced training in performance, choreography, and teaching, along with elective areas of focus in business administration, wellness, and dance technology. Dance BA or BFA majors can obtain a Master of Science in Adapted Physical Activity (offered by Physical and Health Education) through an accelerated 4+1 program. This innovative collaborative program is designed for dance majors who want to expand their credentials to integrate inclusive classrooms into dance, health, and wellness programs for people of all ages.
LINDSAY FISHER VIATORI spent the bulk of her career in New York City dancing with Helen Simoneau Danse (rehearsal director), Nathan Trice/RITUALS, Carolyn Dorfman Dance Company, Collective Body/ Dance Lab, Ellen Cornfield, Daniel Charon, Camille A. Brown, Ayo Jackson, Steve Rooks, Sidra Bell and VIA Dance Collaborative (founding member). She has also had the pleasure of performing works by Twyla Tharp, Jiri Kylian, Ton Simons, Esther Baker-Tarpaga, Tatiana Baganova, Simoné Ferro and Miguel Gutierrez among others.
She has performed in Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera’s West Side Story and North Shore Music Theater’s Victor/Victoria. Film credits include Lead Arabian in Robert Lindgren’s The Nutcracker (PBS/UNC-TV), feature film Across the Universe (directed by Julie Taymore and choreography by Daniel Ezralow), music video Pieces of You by The Hot Seconds, dance film SILKEN : EDGE, and she is currently collaborating with director Cara Hagen on an upcoming dance film titled Color Theory.
She was awarded a Community Supported Artist Grant through the New Hazlett Theater (Pittsburgh, PA) and presented an evening of her work titled OverExposed in April 2017. Currently, she is co-authoring research on ethical jazz dance pedagogy with collaborator Jeremy Blair. She is also the co-founder and director of the FORGE Summer Dance Intensive, hosted at Slippery Rock University.
This eclectic ballet technique class prioritizes healthy anatomical alignment, luscious musicality, personal performative choice making, and a strong and grounded physicality. Dancers are encouraged to take up space and take risks! Bring your work ethic and a sense of humor.