OSA's Dance Department is a serious Dance Training program--it is not a dance enrichment program.
OSA's Dance Department has a proud reputation of excellence, built upon caring yet highly demanding expectations for student effort that is held closely by its student, alumni, and the professional artists who make up its faculty.
Dance students are trained in Ballet, Contemporary, and Body Conditioning techniques with an emphasis on understanding and embodying the roles technical expertise, flexibility, strength, and artistic expression play in building the professional dancer, and preventing/minimizing the risk injury.
The opportunity to receive training and maintain access to training at OSA's Dance Department is determined by professionals assessing each student's arts and academic progress, commitment, and behavior. Showing their best efforts in each of these areas every day will serve to expand the student's abilities and open doors. We believe that training in the OSA Dance Department is a privilege. Expectations on conduct, civility, honesty, respect, and cooperation are of the highest standard. Strict adherence to protocol is mandatory.
OSA Dance students are expected to:
- Develop a professional attitude, commitment, and self-discipline toward their art, their academics, and their lives;
- Practice and embrace the daily habits and behavior of proper Dance Etiquette and citizenship in Dance, throughout OSA campus, and in the community;
- Develop an understanding that only through honest assessment and feedback (both from the students themselves and their instructors) can genuine improvement occur and, consequently, display the ability, willingness, and open-mindedness to accept and seek challenges and honest feedback;
- Pursue the mind-set, integrity, character, work ethic, grit, perseverance, and high expectations of a self-disciplined and powerful performer, who is continuously self-assessing and continuously seeking self-improvement in their flexibility, strength, technique, musicality, movement quality, and artistry.