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Rock Dance Company

Rock Dance Company positively impacts children’s lives through the art and creativity of dance.  The company is directed by faculty member Jennifer Keller and comprised of fifteen SRU dance majors who are dedicated to children’s and community performances.  RDC provides high quality, interactive dance performances to children (pre-school through grade 6) who learn about movement storytelling, rhythmic expression, and cooperative partnering. The diverse troupe offers rural children the opportunity to experience the vitality and expressiveness of dance as an art form.

Started in 2007, the troupe has reached over 5,000 children and countless community members.  The company’s performance schedule includes local elementary schools, senior centers, charity and scholarship fundraisers, and our very own Slippery Rock Village Fest and Kaleidoscope Arts Festival.  In 2010-2011, RDC received a grant from the PA System of Higher Education for Joint Faculty and Student Public Service that permitted them to visit 12 area schools and commission the works of professional artists for their repertoire.

Rock Dance Company is one of the many ways that SRU dance majors give back to their community and prepare for meaningful careers in the arts.

Sigma Rho Delta

Sigma Rho Delta is a co-ed honorary through the Department of Dance.  Members must earn a 3.0 QPA overall and a 3.25 in the department.  The main focus of the honorary is to support and promote positive activities in the department and community via dance and charitable events.  Sigma Rho Delta members have participated Up Till Two for Saint Jude, Care Breaks, and Habitat for Humanity,  and have provided donations to troops, families in need, and the  local animal shelter. Members have also volunteered time at hospitals and the Butler Goodwill.   The Delta chapter at Slippery Rock University was founded on April 3, 1999. The National Fraternity was founded on April 29, 1981 with the Alpha Jordan College of Fine Arts of Butler University in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Volunteer Crew Hours

All dance majors participate in behind-the-scenes work (“Crew Hours”) to assist in the production of our many concerts in the Slippery Rock University Department of Dance.  With the help of a faculty member, students produce up to six concerts a year.  In addition, dance majors assist other informal performances offered by the many guest artists who visit our campus.

The Department of Dance asks you to volunteer 60 crew hours over the course of your study at SRU.  These hours represent your service-learning activities, active citizenship and responsibility in the department.  In turn, future incoming students will provide the same service to you as you progress through the dance major, choreograph, and perform.  The skills that you learn while fulfilling your Crew Hours can be extremely useful when leave the university and mount productions on your own.  Students wishing to further their student-learning activities can contact SRU’s Institute for Community, Service-Learning, and Nonprofit Leadership.

Congratulations to Krysta White (class of 2012) on her election as President of Sigma Rho Delta honorary, 2011-2012.

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Rock Dance Company Video