Communication and Theatre


dance 2012Dance at Pacific Lutheran University provides opportunities in performance, creative activity, composition, choreography, dance history, dance production, dance technique, movement for actors, yoga, ballroom, and healing arts of mind and body. We have two venues for dance performance: Dance Ensemble and Dance Team. Student choreography is emphasized with special guest and faculty choreographers. We offer a Dance minor in the Department of Communication & Theatre, School of Arts and Communication. Courses are cross-referenced with Physical Education/Movement Studies. Two to four classes are offered every semester along with other co-curricular opportunities. Students can receive credit for their participation in these activities. 

Dance Ensemble

Pacific Lutheran University Dance Ensemble provides opportunities for student dance performance and choreography. Students join in the creative and intellectual process of creating dances. They challenge themselves technically and artistically with a culminating formal performance in the Spring semester. Invited professional guest choreographers and dedicated dance alumna, and dance faculty, participate in setting choreography on the ensemble for the Spring concert. Students of all technical dance levels are encouraged to participate and audition in the Spring term for performance.

Dance Team

Pacific Lutheran University Dance Team includes a dedicated group of dance students who perform a range of dance styles including, jazz, funk, modern and synchronized movement vocabularies. The students perform at half time events for men's and women's teams and participate in occasional competitions. Students audition in the Fall term.

If you're interesting in learning more about the Dance program at PLU please contact Dance Director Maureen McGill at 

Dance 2014

April 11 and 12 at 7:30pm in Eastvold Auditorium

Directed by Paula J. Peters, Dance 2014 will showcase the talents of PLU student choreographers, PLU’s Dance Team, and feature two works of professional choreography by Paula J Peters and guest choreographer Mary Reardon (Co-Director, Dance Fremont, Seattle). 

The concert promises to highlight the depth of artistic capabilities of PLU student choreographers. By delving beyond today’s commercialized representation of choreography in popular culture, these emerging choreographers have pushed themselves to create works which represent the complexity of the human experience. 

Tickets:$8 General Admission, $5 Senior Citizens and Alumni, $3 PLU Community, Students and 18 and under. Available at the Concierge desk in the Anderson University Center, at the door of the show and at 253-535-7411.

Works of Choreography include:

Amy Arand’s work explores the complex question “why are we here?” through the language of dance. Nicki Clifford’s moody-rock-modern dance will communicate the feeling of personal empowerment which comes from resisting the threat of temptation of detrimental actions even when they are appealing. Investigating a re-understanding of what it means to be a woman in today’s culture, Charlotte Herrmann’s work aims to deconstruct the image of female identity that exists in society. Molly Maloney's piece is a reflection on growing up, and the tension between being taken seriously and retaining one's own spirit and individuality. Avelon Ragoonanan will create a work utilizing movement from African dance combined with a hint of Caribbean flare of his native Trinidad. Inspired by Amy Waldman's book The Submission, Mamie Howard’s work investigates the struggle to reconcile the tension between Muslim and American identities. The piece is dedicated to both the victims on 9/11 and Islamaphobia.  Courtney Volta’s work incorporates earthy pedestrian movement with a high level of modern dance technique, and centers on the theme of identifying and finding the strength to let go of insecurities. Paula Peters (Visiting Lecturer of Dance) has created a new work inspired by the ambition, talent and drive of the female dancers at PLU. Using multi-media and contemporary jazz dance vocabulary Peters’ work, Confine(less) will celebrate the future aspirations of the dancers.

Mary Reardon (Guest Choreographer) has created a Premiere work which will expound on the individual choices we make when taking time out for fun. Set to Haydn’s playful “Surprise” symphony, Reardon’s work will utilize classical modern technique infused with the perspectives of today’s college students.

Check out the below video about the Dance 2012. This year, Dance 2014 will be on April 11 and 12 at 7:30 in Eastvold Auditorium.