Mission, Vision, and Community Support

 

Mission Statement

We acknowledge that dance is more than an art form. Through practice and play, we discover the value of dance to foster empathy, creative freedom, and inclusion.

We are a community of professional and emerging artists that understands the power of dance to transform the individual in the community. 

We value open-access enrollment nurturing the whole individual. The program’s belief in the interconnectedness of diverse backgrounds, cultures, education, and teaching styles provides self-realized growth among students and faculty. 

We practice the integration of the art form in all of its diverse manifestations - societal reform, social justice, arts, education, research, and language.

 

Amplified Objectives of the WSU Dance Program

  • Shaping/manifesting innovative perspectives into realized experiences

  • Offering comprehensive degree programs connected with current career pathways and social issues

  • Amplifying experimentation and innovation in and out of the studio classroom

  • Promoting safe and supportive environments in which play and exploration of mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual connection is encouraged 

 

Statement of Empowerment

The Weber State University’s Dance Program recognizes that Art can provoke; we support and hold space for diverse, equitable, and inclusive perspectives. Therefore, students, artists, and community members audience members are empowered to remove themselves from the event that triggers individual reactions during a Dance Program course, performance, or event. This statement ensures that all individuals have the agency to use their voices with respect and grace.

 

Land Use Acknowledgment

We would like to acknowledge that this performance is being held on the traditional lands of the Ute, Eastern Shoshone, and Goshute Peoples. We pay respect to Elders past, present, and emerging. Although it is important to acknowledge the land, it is only a first step. We are all treaty signers and are thus responsible and accountable for the violence that Indigenous people face. This calls us to commit to continuing to learn how to be better stewards of the land we inhabit as well.

 

Community Statement

In light of the last two years, we are mindful of the loss of life and livelihood from the pandemic. We also find ourselves contending with the pain and inhumanity of institutional racism, and the reawakening of collective understanding that the only way we can care for everyone is to respect each of us. Dance at Weber State University knows what teachers, students, and staff can accomplish together. We feel more keenly our responsibility as an arts program and community member to promote inclusivity, compassion, equity, and dialogue.