Notre Dame College Debuts Guest Artist from Julliard, First Dance Students in March Showcase

Notre Dame College will premiere the work of its first dance courses—and the talents of its newest guest artist in residence, a Cleveland native and Juilliard graduate—in its inaugural Dance Showcase in spring 2019.

The College’s dance artist-in-residence, Nehemiah Spencer, will lead Notre Dame students in multiple choreographed sequences during the free performance Thursday, March 21, at 7:30 p.m. in Regina Auditorium on the College campus. The production, which is expected to feature Broadway, hip hop, classical and other dance progressions, is part of Notre Dame’s Joan Cronin Reagan #NDC Performs Series for Spring 2019.

Spencer, who started his training at the Cleveland School of the Arts and graduated with a Bachelor in Fine Arts degree in dance from The Juilliard School in New York City, has appeared in the Broadway production of The Wiz and in a music video for Grammy Award-winning rhythm and blues and urban alternative singer Jill Scott.

He joined Notre Dame and began teaching the College’s first dance offerings in fall 2018.

Spencer is educating nearly 20 students enrolled this semester in Notre Dame’s DA110: Introduction to Dance and DA210: Dance Ensemble courses. The one-credit classes are open to all students at the College. Community members also apply to take the courses as non-degree seeking students. Both courses are offered in fall and spring semesters each academic year.

Dance Classes

Students in the dance sequence at the College develop an understanding of dance techniques, movement styles and dance as a creative art form and aesthetic practice. They explore and hone weight, momentum, alignment, breath, focus and muscular efficiency during classes weekly rehearsals, dance repertory and dance productions. Students also build physical coordination, footwork, strength, flexibility, balance, body awareness and an understanding of the basic principles of dance and movement.

Notre Dame dance students often participate in musical theatre productions, cheer squad and marching band flag corps co-curricular activities at the College as well as on the Falcons Dance Team, which performs during athletic and other campus events. The top dancers also will join the Notre Dame marching band in Fall 2019 as part of a new ensemble called the Falconettes.

Dance classes take place in the College’s newly constructed Dance Studio. The rehearsal and study space, which features a performance surface and wall-to-wall windows that look out over a section of campus, is located in Regina Hall.

Degree Programs

Programs of study and careers related to dance at Notre Dame vary from education majors, who become dance teachers and instructors in schools, theatres or entertainment industries, to business programs, for those seeking jobs in arts administration, marketing and public relations. The College also offers a bachelor’s degree in biology with a concentration in exercise science and has two new programs pending in music entrepreneurship and theatre entrepreneurship.

Scholarships are available for eligible Notre Dame students in vocal, instrumental, theatre studies and dance performing arts programs at the College.

Details of all Notre Dame Performing Arts programs are available online at NotreDameCollege.edu/PerformingArts.

March 2019

About Notre Dame College

For almost a century, Notre Dame College has educated a diverse population in the liberal arts for personal, professional and global responsibility. Founded by the Sisters of Notre Dame in 1922, the College has grown strategically to keep pace with the rapidly changing needs of students and the dramatic changes in higher education. But it has never lost sight of its emphasis on teaching students not only how to make a good living but also how to live a good life.

Today, the College offers bachelor’s degrees in 30 disciplines plus a variety of master's degrees, certification programs and continuing and professional development programs for adult learners on campus and online. Notre Dame College offers NCAA Division II intercollegiate athletic programs for men and women and is located in a picturesque residential neighborhood just 25 minutes from the heart of Cleveland. Hallmarks of the Notre Dame experience include stimulating academics, personalized attention of dedicated faculty and staff, and small class sizes.

Notre Dame College is located at 4545 College Road in South Euclid. For further information contact Brian Johnston, chief communications officer, at 216.373.5252 or bjohnston@ndc.edu.

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