Frequently asked questions

Please email kavander@iu.edu to schedule a tour. The dance offices are not open on weekends.

To insure best pedagogical practices, prospective students may view dance major classes, but not participate.

Yes. Please see Indiana University admissions for information on applications and deadlines. Please visit to apply to audition for Indiana University Contemporary Dance.

In most cases, yes. It is challenging, but doable.

Yes, all students who are in good standing as B.F.A. dance majors will perform each semester.

Yes. We have a strong dance-making curriculum, and there are also opportunities outside of the major.

Yes. We will all work together to insure dual participation.

Yes. Indiana University offers merit scholarship for freshmen. You must apply by November 1. Contemporary Dance also offers Freshmen Talent Scholarships, Need-Based Scholarships for upperclassmen, and Jane Fox Awards for Seniors.

Graduates of the Department of Theatre and Drama have appeared on Broadway, national and international tours, regional theatres and cruise lines and Television.

  • Lalah Hazelwood – dancer with the internationally renowned Philadanco! in Philadelphia, PA
  • Ryan Galloway – company member of Giordano Dance in Chicago
  • Salena Watkins – visiting assistant professor at Valparaiso University

  • Krissy Jones – owns a yoga studio in NYC, Sky Ting, featured in both Vogue and Elle magazines
  • Amelia Koper – accepted into MamLuft&Co. Dance Company, Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Joe Musiel – won Inside Chicago’s Choreographic Sponsorship Event
  • Joanna Paul – accepted into Esoteric Dance Project in Chicago

  • Kim Fahnestock – accepted into Project 606 Dance Company, Chicago
  • Utam Moses – chosen as an artist in residence by Earth Dance in Plainfield, MA as part of the E/Merge Interdisciplinary Residency Program, a highly curated program that fosters a yearlong collaboration between artists across disciplines
  • Colleen Welch – presented her choreography at Links Hall in Chicago with Awakening Movement Project and continues to dance with drop/shift dance company and Tapestry Dance Company
  • Kelsey Breece – entertainment manager for Wizarding World of Harry Potter: Hogsmeade at Universal Orlando
  • Mollie O’Reilly – marketing associate at the American Dance Festival in Durham, NC
  • Missy Trulock – member of Dance Kaleidoscope, Indianapolis, Indiana

  • Rachel Newbrough – invited to perform with Dance Kaleidoscope as a guest this fall, and continues to tour nationally with Elizabeth Shea Dance
  • Esther Widlanski – choreographer for Pinwheel! A Musical, presented by Random Access Theatre in NYC, which was nominated for a New York Innovative Theatre Award
  • Brandi Ou – presented her collaborative work “Unveilled” in Philadelphia this spring to excellent reviews from the press
  • Gracie Black – received the Summer Intensive Scholarship from Hubbard Street Dance Chicago
  • Stephanie Gunter – received the Teaching Artist Internship from Hubbard Street Chicago
  • Haley McElwee – original choreography was selected for RAD-Fest, Midwest Alternative Dance Festival, Kalamazoo, MI. Haley founded Simantikos Dance Chicago, a contemporary modern dance company based in Chicago
  • Chelsey Cioli – company member with Kelly Donovan & Dancers Dance Company and is an apprentice with SHIFT Create Dance