The Dance Program at Northeastern Illinois University is an individually designed Minor in Dance, with concentrations in either Spanish or Contemporary dance. The program offers technique classes in ballet, modern, jazz and Spanish dance. The student performance group, Repertory Dance Ensemble, performs faculty, student and guest artist choreography each semester.
The Dance Program sponsors the Ruth Page Dance Series (RPDS), which brings professional artists to Northeastern's campus through dance concerts, master classes, and its Preparatory Dance Program. The Preparatory Dance Program offers dance classes and performing opportunities to children and adults from the community-at-large.
The Ensemble Español Spanish Dance Theater, founded by Dame Libby Komaiko, is the dance company in-residence at Northeastern. The Ensemble performs regularly in the Chicago area, offers workshops for students, and hosts the annual American Spanish Dance Festival, which brings internationally recognized Spanish dance artists to Northeastern each summer.
Through course work and internships, Northeastern dance students have the opportunity to work with the RPDS and the Ensemble, providing them with valuable skills and work experience in the arts. Faculty members include Dr. Venetia Stifler, Artistic Director of the Ruth Page Dance Series; Irma Suarez Ruiz, Associate Artistic Director of Ensemble Español; Jamie Farrell, dance instructor; Rachel Burton, dance instructor and Coordinator of the Preparatory Dance Program, and other guest faculty.