SOURCE: Grand Canyon University

Grand Canyon University

March 08, 2011 11:20 ET

Grand Canyon University Auditions Offers Scholarships for Dance Majors

Scholarship Incentive Aims to Boost Enrollment and Build Talent

PHOENIX, AZ--(Marketwire - March 8, 2011) - In order to build enrollment in its recently launched Bachelor of Arts in Dance Education, Grand Canyon University is offering a $4,000 renewable scholarship to any student enrolling in the program, with the option to audition for an additional annual performance scholarship of up to $2,500 per year.

"This is a terrific way for dance students to pursue their passion academically," said Grand Canyon University Director of Dance Susannah Keita. "The one-on-one guidance and holistic approach to the arts that GCU advocates provides a well-rounded experience for students at every level."

Like other majors within the College of Fine Arts and Production, students who declare dance education as their major will receive a $4,000 scholarship, and are not required to audition for acceptance. However, students may audition additional performance scholarships ranging from $500 to $2,500.

During each audition, Keita will lead students through a series of dance combinations to assess dance technique. Students are also asked to bring a one-minute solo piece with music on a CD or mp3 player. Musical accompaniment will not be provided during the auditions. More information is available at

GCU's dance program returned to campus in the fall of 2010, buoyed by interest of prospective students, passionate alumni and the University's dedication to reviving its College of Fine Arts and Production, which also offers majors in theatre, theatre production, music and voice. The major dance forms studied at GCU are modern, ballet and jazz. Solo movement material stemming from ballroom, tap and various world dance forms are also welcome.

The following audition dates are scheduled, and interested students should RSVP at Auditions will be held in the GCU Recreation Center at the campus located at 3300 W. Camelback Road. Audition dates are:

Thursday, March 24, 7:30 to 9 p.m.
Friday, March 25, 2:30 to 4 p.m.
Friday, May 27, 2:30 to 4 p.m.
Friday, June 24, 2:30 to 4 p.m.

Founded in 1949, Grand Canyon University is Arizona's private university. The prestigious Christian university is regionally accredited and is recognized as offering some of the best education programs in the nation. Grand Canyon University offers traditional campus-based and online doctoral, bachelor's and master's degree programs through the Ken Blanchard College of Business, College of Education, College of Nursing and Health Sciences, College of Liberal Arts, College of Fine Arts and Production and the College of Doctoral Studies. GCU emphasizes individual attention for both traditional undergraduate students as well as the working professional. For more information about GCU, visit

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