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Commercial Dance Program Spearheaded 16 | Dyson College of Arts and SciencesPerforming Arts

One of the most sought-after choreographers and dance lecturers in the nation Rhonda Miller, has been tapped to spearhead Dyson's new Commercial Dance program.Spearheaded by Critically Acclaimed The new Commercial Dance program provides specialized training for dance careers in stage, television, and commercials in a wide range of styles and forms including ballet, jazz, tap, and hip hop, to name a few. It was developed in response to both student and industry demand and will be offered starting fall 2011. "As far as we know it is the only state-approved, university-based commercial dance training program in the country, which means that we are training students for all media, not just the stage," said Grant Kretchik, director of Dyson's BFA acting program. "It really complements our programs in musical theater, acting, technical theater, and directing," said Nira Herrmann, PhD, dean of Dyson College, which houses the Performing Arts Department at Pace. "Additionally it represents our continued growth and innovation in developing arts programs in downtown New York." Professor Miller has been teaching dance classes at Pace University for three years as a lecturer and created the successful showcase, Dance Out Loud!, which just wrapped its second year. "In talking with young dancers around the U.S., I became aware that the one thing that was missing from university dance programs was training in commercially-viable dance styles that would bridge the gap between classical training and the real world of commercial dance," said Miller. "I became excited at the possibility of creating such a program right here in one of the entertainment capitals of the world, New York City. How exciting for all dancers who attend Pace! I truly look forward to the continual growth in excitement for dance at Pace University."Year in Review 2010-2011 | 17