The BSC Dance Program welcomes students who wish to study dance as an elective part of their liberal arts education. Evolved from a primarily classical ballet tradition, the dance curriculum is currently designed to provide a diverse experience in a variety of dance techniques. Classes are offered in ballet, jazz and modern.
Dance Faculty & Staff
Alan Litsey, Chair, Department of Theatre
Ph.D. (Directing) Wayne State University
Jacqueline Crenshaw Lockhart, Director of Dance and Adjunct Professor of Dance
B.A., Dance, Birmingham-Southern College
In her third year as Adjunct Professor of Dance, Ms. Lockhart brings over 30 years of training and professional experience in theater and dance. She is the successful business owner of a performing arts institution for children and youth and the Ministry Director of Dance for a local church. Ms. Lockhart is a native of Birmingham and graduated from the Alabama School of Fine Arts as a theater major/dance minor and thereafter, received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Dance from Birmingham-Southern College. She trained with Nancy Owen, Donna Todd, Sonia Arova, Thor Sutowski, Ruth Henry, Mira Popovich and Stevan Grebel. She worked professionally in Atlanta with Jomandi Theater Company, the Gary Harrison Dance Company and Atlanta Jazz Theater (to name a few). She danced and choreographed for the NBA Atlanta Hawks Dance Team, served as a dance instructor in several of Atlanta’s prominent performing arts schools and studios. She has choreographed and danced with national recording artists and labels such as Warner Bros., RCA and LaFace Records. Ms. Lockhart also was on faculty at Miles College where she taught dance and theatre. She serves on the board of the Alabama Dance Council and has received numerous accolades, awards, and proclamations for her contributions to the community and tireless work in the arts.
Melissa Turnage, Adjunct Professor of Dance
Melissa Turnage has over 25 years of experience in dance and arts education. She has owned and operated several danced schools, worked in numerous arts and educational institutions and written dance curriculum for a number of programs. Her early experience in ballet includes training under Stephen Grebel where she received a BA from the University of Alabama and completed post graduate work in dance. Melissa's talent and knowledge has afforded her directorships over programs in Georgia and Maryland. Being a faithful advocate of continued education, she has received certifications from the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in New York, NY and the Kennedy Center. She is affluent in the Vaganova method and has studied the Royal Academy of Dance syllabus. Currently, Melissa is one of the teaching artists for the Birmingham Cultural Alliance and the Birmingham Board of Education under a federal initiative that partners local artists and instructors together to design new and creative ideas to enhance childrens' academic achievement. In addition to her passion for dance, she is a published author and writer for a weekly column in the Birmingham News entitled, "Making A Difference". Melissa has joined the BSC staff as an Adjunct Professor of Dance and teaches Beginning Ballet to Theatre Arts students and non-dance majors. She enjoys her students and is looking forward to a successful term.
Jenna McKerrow Wilson, Adjunct Professor of Dance
Alabama Ballet Principal Dancer
Ms. Wilson has been a professional dancer with theAlabama Ballet since 2001 andis taking a leave of absence from the 2010-11 season to serve as Adjunct Professor of Dance. She received training from the Washington School of Balletand Houston Ballet and is currently pursuing teaching certification through the Royal Academy of Dance in London.Ms. Wilson has danced principal and soloist roles in all of the major classical ballets, including Kitri in Don Quixote, Ivee in Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Swanhilda in Coppelia, the title role in Cinderella, and the Sugar Plum Fairy and lead Marzipan in Balanchine’s The Nutcracker.She has been afaculty memberfor the Alabama Ballet Royal Academy Accredited School since 2003, and served as a guest teacher and performer around the state and has recently been named the President of the Alabama Dance Council.
Ms. Judy E. Pandelis
Manager of the College Theatre Box Office/Academic Programs Secretary/Art & Art History, Music, and Theatre Departments
(Please note: We do not currently offer a dance major for incoming students. The information on this page is for dance majors enrolled as of September 2010.)
Bachelor of Arts in Dance, B.A. in Dance with P-12 Certification
The Dance program at BSC is distinguished by being one of only a few ballet-centered degree programs in the Southeast and has the privilege of being the first and only program in the State of Alabama to offer the P – 12 Certification in Dance Education. The Certification program requires the B.A. degree in Dance and twelve additional units in Educational Professional Studies through collaboration with the Education Department. Both of these degrees provide strong preparation for performing and teaching careers, and our broad-based curriculum also prepares our graduates with skills for success in a variety of other lines of work. For more details on the certification program, click here.
Requirements to earn the B.A. Degree in Dance (14 units):
6 units ballet: 6 terms from DA 301 (1) and DA 401(1)
¼ units pointe: 1 term from DA 303 (¼)
¼ units jazz: 1 term from DA 202 (¼)
¼ units modern: 1 term from DA 203 (¼)
½ unit basic choreography: 2 terms from DA 110 (¼)
2 units history: 1 term each from DA 350 (1) and DA 351 (1)
1 units pedagogy: 1 term each from DA 410 (½) and DA 411 (½)
1 ¾ units performance: 7 terms from DA 209 (¼), 210 (¼), DA 211 (¼), DA 310 (¼) to include at least six projects in performance and one in technical backstage work.
1 unit from the following, with no more than ¼ unit from pointe and jazz, and no more than ½ unit from modern and performance:
Pointe: DA 303 (¼)
Modern: DA 203 (¼)
Jazz: DA 202 (¼)
Performance classes: DA 209 (¼), DA 210 (¼), DA 211(¼), DA 310 (¼)
1 unit senior project: 1 interim term from DA 499
The department of dance performs once at the end of the fall term and twice in the spring term, thus providing dance majors with the opportunity for twelve performances in four years. Dance majors are required to participate in performances at least nine times for the major; at least one of these nine performances requires backstage or technical work. Two of these requirements are satisfied by DA 110 Basics of Choreography. The additional performance requirements are fulfilled through a combination of DA 310 Dance Performance (at least one time), and DA 209, 210, 211 Student Choreography Workshop (at least one time each). In preparation for DA 310 Dance Performance, majors typically enroll in a performance preparation course for Interim, which may also serve as the senior project.