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The WTAMU dance program is part of the Department of Art, Theatre and Dance within the Sybil B. Harrington College of Fine Arts and Humanities.

The dance program offers a comprehensive performance oriented B.F.A. and an interdisciplinary master’s degree with a focus on dance and two additional subject areas. The B.F.A. program is committed to the development of professional quality, well-rounded dancers capable of performing a wide variety of choreographic idioms and styles.

The program is under the direction of Crystal Bertrand.  Additional faculty include Associate Professor Edward Truitt and Professor Leslie Williams. Read more about our faculty


About the Dance Program WTAMU Dancers throwing single dancer in air

WTAMU Dance Program hosted the 2016 South-Central Regional American College Dance Association (ACDA) in the spring of 2016, bringing: regional, state and national recognition to the students, faculty, program and university.  ACDA is committed to dance education within the higher education field and offers numerous opportunities to its members through classes, workshops, performances, and travel.  WTAMU Dance Program is an active member of ACDA.
The dance program at WTAMU has a strong commitment to national/international exposure, bringing exceptional guest artists as teachers, performers, and/or choreographers from around the world and attending/performing at international festivals. Recent guest artists include Bob Boross (USA), Rogelio Lopez (USA), Mindy Copeland (USA), Steven D. Norman (USA), Konstantin Karin(Russia/Finland),  Stevan Novakovich (Serbia), Natalie Kasparova (Russia), Arkadiy Orohovsky (Ukraine), Todd Fox and Christina Fagundes (USA), Bill Young (USA), Waylon Anderson (USA), Adrienne Clancy (USA), Mia Cunningham (USA), Mark Lanham (USA) and Bill de Young (USA).


Multiple dancers on stage in whiteWTAMU’s close ties with the Lone Star Ballet afford additional performing opportunities for WT students in a professional setting. LSB produces an annual production of "The Nutcracker" with the Amarillo Symphony seen by approximately 15,000 people. LSB also presents two or more major productions with WTAMU students that incorporate ballet, modern and jazz dance


WT has a strong commitment to educational outreach presenting performances for children throughout the state as well as operating a WT-student run children’s dance academy.


Two dancers tango on stageAt WTAMU, you will have the opportunity to study with top teachers in the field and will have many opportunities to perform. We are small enough to give you the attention you need to excel and large enough to perform internationally. At WTAMU, you won’t be just a number you will be a dancer.