The Minor in Dance is designed to provide students with experience in the various dance styles through rehearsals and performances. Related courses such as dance history and dance composition help to round out the student's understanding and appreciation for this art form.
From the Director of Dance:
Chi Tau Epsilon was formed in 1967 at Texas Christian University, home of a very large dance major department, to promote dance and scholarship.
We are the 5th chapter nationwide.
Members must be a dance minor or dance major and have a 3.00 GPA.
This is my 18th year at GC and 17th year of the dance minor program, housed under the Theatre department. I wrote and implemented the dance minor program here at GC 17 years ago. I have wanted a dance honorary, and particularly Chi Tau Epsilon since I was president of this organization at Univ. Southern Mississippi, my undergraduate institution, for many years.
Having a dance honorary will help the GC dance minor program in many ways. It will unite and organize the students to not only promote dance at GC but also in the community. Chi Tau members are encouraged to go out into the community and perform, promote dance, teach in the schools, and to volunteer with charity organizations. The TCU chapter annually gives a large concert and the money goes to charity, for example.
In the fall GC dance minor students gave a mini Nutcracker performance at the GA War Veteran's Home and performed in the Central State Christmas concert for their clients. This kind of thing can be organized through Chi Tau for future performances as well.
Julie Mulvihill, my co/instructor in the credit dance minor program decided to work towards this goal with her dance performance practicum class last semester. They are all juniors and seniors in the dance minor program. She and her students gave a beautiful dance concert called "Bountiful" last fall, in the university ballroom, to raise funds and awareness for a dance honorary. We had a big attendance and funds were raised to bring forth the honorary!
That class also presented a Flash Mob performance by the fountain at noon one day, taught jazz dance classes at John Milledge Academy to elementary school students, and performed on front campus in conjunction with the violence against women forum. These will also be possible activities for our dance honorary.
The organizing students of this honorary were all members of the dance performance practicum class and are now the officers in Chi Tau.
I have been working closely with the alpha chapter at TCU making sure we met all requirements. We finally got the endorsement right before Christmas and I am the faculty adviser.
Our goal is to promote dance here at GC and in the community through informal concerts, charity events such as the one at the GA War Veteran's home and Central State, and to enable, educate, and empower our GC students to go out in the world and help others through dance.
Amelia Pelton, M.F.A.
Director of Dance