Dance students take class in the outstanding dance studios in the Dorothy U. Dalton Center, home of the Department of Dance and the School of Music. Three large studios and one medium studio are available for technique courses and rehearsals. Each is equipped with a piano, percussion instruments, and sound playback units. A small studio is available for warm-up and solo and duet rehearsals. “Floating” floors in all studios, all covered with specialized vinyl dance flooring, help provide a safe environment for performance of challenging dance repertory.
Two classrooms, a conditioning room, locker rooms, a dance technology lab, and faculty and department offices supplement the beautiful studios. The conditioning room is equipped with four pilates reformers, an exercise mat, mirrors, anatomical charts and other equipment. Locker rooms are equipped with lockers for each major student, showers, make-up lights, hairdryers and rest rooms. The Harper C. Maybee Music and Dance Library also is located conveniently in the Dalton Center. The technology lab is equipped with Mac computers equipped with video and sound editing software, Interactive Functional Anatomy, and Merce Cunningham’s Dance Forms. Mini-DV cameras are also available for student use.
Performances are presented in Dalton Dance Studio B, Chenery Auditorium, Miller Auditorium, the D. Terry Williams Theatre and the Laura V. Shaw Theatre in the Gilmore Theatre Complex to audiences ranging in size from 100 to 2,000. These spaces provide a variety of traditional and non-traditional performance opportunities for two fully-produced and several less formal productions each year. Dance Studio B converts easily from studio to performance space, and is used for many informal presentations throughout the year. It also serves as a production lab where students learn lighting design for dance and experiment with projection and other dance technology.