North Central College - Naperville, IL


Why choose dance at North Central College?

You’ll enjoy the rare opportunity to both train and perform. This unusual combination will make you a better dancer—but it will also increase your joy in your work. Whether you study ballet, tap, jazz or choreography (or all four), your faculty will take a personal interest in your growth, customize instruction to your capabilities and challenge you as you prepare for performances. You’ll top off your minor by performing or choreographing two pieces for North Central’s Senior Dance Showcase.

You may also:

  • Perform in faculty-directed and professionally choreographed mainstage productions.
  • Join the Cardinal Dance Company, a 60-member, student-managed group that produces an annual show.
  • Join the Dance Team, a high-performance cheer team that incorporates advanced dance into routines at athletic events.


North Central College students showcase their talents in the musical comedy by Dolly Parton based on the 1970s hit movie “9 to 5.”
Assistant Professor of Theatre Jermaine Hill
North Central College’s theatre faculty set the stage for students’ futures with advancement of curriculum and experience from their own professional careers.
North Central recognizes this year’s National Hispanic Heritage Month, Sept. 15-Oct. 15, with a series of events hosted by various campus groups.



Recent graduates in dance include:

  • Ballroom and round dance teacher, St. Charles, IL
  • Instructor of modern dance, BDA Dance, Crest Hill, IL
  • Instructor of jazz and hip hop dance, Naperville Park District, Naperville
Theatre major, Dance minor

Heidi fell in love with North Central because of the College’s theatre program and facilities. Being so close to Chicago helped, too.

“There are amazing internship opportunities—North Central students can get experience working as an actor at professional theaters in Chicago,” she says.

Minoring in dance will open more doors for Heidi, since many productions require actors “who are multi-faceted with training in music and dance.” Her goal is to become a working actor when she graduates.

“The faculty have been amazingly helpful. I can approach all my professors in the theatre and dance departments and they’ll always provide guidance,” she says.

“North Central has prepared me more than...

Finance and Economics major, Dance minor

McKenna found that North Central’s dance program let her continue her lifelong love of dancing while majoring in finance and economics. “I might decide later to teach a dance class for fun; dance will be part of who I am. Students in my classes have ranged from dancing their whole lives, like me, to never dancing before. The dance program caters to students with all different backgrounds but also has a strong emphasis on musical theatre dancing.”  

McKenna was also looking for an enthusiastic staff, beautiful campus, dedication to excellent educational programs and a school that was warm and inviting, adding that North Central has definitely become her home. “And North Central’s small class sizes...

Exercise Science major, Dance minor

As Mychall considered different colleges and universities, North Central’s liberal arts program stood out. “I realized I could pursue a medical career while still being involved in music and theatre and earn a dance minor.”

Mychall’s goal is to become a physical therapist or other medical professional who treats performers, so he’s majoring in exercise science while studying dance. He has experience with gymnastics, ballroom dance and hip hop and has choreographed children’s theatre. At North Central, he has performed in “Cats,” “The Phantom of the Opera” and “The Wedding Singer.”

In preparing for a possible medical career, Mychall has shadowed doctors and nurses and worked as a pharmacy...

Psychology major, Dance minor

Kristin has been dancing since she was 10. When she came to North Central, she wanted to major in psychology—but she also wanted to continue dancing. “The dance minor allowed me to do that," she says.

But Kristin did much more than simply maintain her skills here—she also achieved new technical milestones, performed for large audiences and formed lasting friendships within North Central’s tight–knit dance community.

Kristin’s honors thesis—which she presented at the Rall Symposium for Undergraduate Research and at the National Conferences on...

Organizational Communication & Theatre major, Dance minor

When Rebecca was awarded a North Central transfer scholarship, she knew she was meant to be part of the North Central family.  

Rebecca’s love of working with others led her to the field of communication, but she quickly narrowed it down to organizational communication.

“Communication can be such a broad major at some colleges, but the separation of different communication majors at North Central helped me understand which route I wanted to study and how I wanted to use my degree.”

Because of the writing and communication skills Rebecca gained in her classes, she feels prepared to excel in any setting, whether at a small nonprofit organization or large corporation. The skills she...


En garde! As part of an independent study, Brian used his theatrical talents to showcase an uncommon type of dance: stage combat.

“I showed that fighters need to learn footwork and combat moves to create a fierce and violent dance,” he says.

Through his stage combat experience, Brian landed an internship with the Tony Award-winning Chicago Shakespeare Theater at Navy Pier. He also choreographed five student plays at North Central College and worked as the stunt coordinator for “Urinetown,” the musical. He says faculty helped him discover and hone his special skills.

“The professors know your specialties, and they’ll give you the right guidance to expand on those talents,” he says.