University Dance Theatre


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University Dance Theatre is San José State University’s contemporary dance ensemble. Performing in the distinctive tradition of the American Modern Dance, UDT serves as the training ground for the advanced dance major or minor striving for a career in the professional arena. The ensemble was honored to perform with the internationally acclaimed Limón Dance Company and as part of San José Dance Theatre’s “Meritage” program.

UDT has performed works by José Limón and American Modern Dance pioneers Hanya Holm and Doris Humphrey. Along with state tours and on-campus lecture demonstrations, UDT participates annually in “Dancin’ Downtown – South Bay Celebrates National Dance Week” and attends the American College Dance Festival/Conference.

UDT rehearses daily within the dance program’s schedule for the fall semester:

  • Monday and Wednesday from 3:00 to 4:50 p.m.
  • Tuesday and Thursday from 3:30 to 5:20 p.m.,
  • Friday from 1:00 to 2:50 p.m.

Rehearsals are three days per week during winter/spring:

  • Tues. and Thurs. 3:30 – 5:30 p.m. and
  • Fri.1:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Audition Information

UDT is looking for exceptional dance majors and minors who are committed to challenging themselves in the multi-faceted realm of dance. All dancers in UDT must either be enrolled in Modern II, III, or IV during both semesters.

The 2011-2012 season featured works by Kara Davis, Mike Esperanza, Hsiang Hsu Lin, and faculty members Heather Cooper and Maria Basil.  Performances are in the spring in the Dance Theater at SJSU.

Contact Gary Masters for more information: (408) 924-5042.