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November 1, 2013
CONTACT: K.E. Schwab

Dance program earns national ranking

Slippery Rock University's dance program has been ranked in the top 45 dance programs in the country and among the top 250 college programs in the U.S. for creative students by "Creative Colleges: A Guide for Student Actors, Artists, Dancers, Musicians and Writers."

"It is a great honor for Slippery Rock University and the department of dance," said Ursula Payne, professor of dance and department chair. "It is a testament to how well we continue to fulfill the mission of our program.”

Author Elaina Loveland reviewed hundreds of programs before selecting 250 art, theatre, dance, music and creative writing programs in arts conservatories and liberal arts colleges and universities to recommend to potential students. The book gives college-bound students information to pick the right school.

"Creative Colleges: A Guide for Student Actors, Artists, Dancers, Musicians and Writers" offers students step-by-step instruction on how to find and get into the right college for the art field of their choice. Loveland provides advice on auditions, admission essays, artistic statements, artistic resumes and portfolios. She helps students prepare for taking the SAT and ACT exams and appraises financial aid opportunities.

Slippery Rock University is Pennsylvania's premier public residential university. Slippery Rock University provides students with a comprehensive learning experience that intentionally combines academic instruction with enhanced educational and learning opportunities that make a positive difference in their lives.