Barton Dance Theatre

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Barton dancerBarton Dance Theatre (BDT) is committed to bringing high quality dance experiences with artistic motivation to Barton students and beyond. BDT members learn, rehearse and perform challenging dances from a diverse range of styles with intent to represent the college at a wide range of local and national venues. Giving students the experience of what working in a dance company is like while gaining two college credit hours, BDT is an excellent choice for those looking to work in the field of dance or for those who pursue dancing with commitment, energy, and perseverance.

BDT (course DANC 1001) meets Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:30-6 p.m. After being accepted by audition, students must register for the 2 credit hour class to participate.

BDT Company Requirements:

  • Acceptance by audition.
  • A minimum of two years dance experience in Modern/Contemporary Dance, Jazz Dance, and/or Ballet.
  • Be actively enrolled and attending dance technique classes in the fall semester at Barton or regional dance studio.

Upcoming BDT Auditions

For Spring 2019:

  • Saturday, November 10 – Studio 34, 10 –11:15 a.m.
  • Monday, December 10 – Studio 34, 6 – 7:15 p.m.

For Fall 2019:

  • Saturday, March 30 – Studio 34, 10 – 11:15 a.m.
  • Monday, May 13 – Studio 34, 6 – 7:15 p.m.

For more information on BDT, contact Danika Bielek at or (620) 792-9253.

Dance Benefits

  • Reduces Stress - It has been proven through studies the mixture of physical exercise and self-introspection gained in group dance classes combats the stress of a tough day.
  • Boosts Memory - The New England Journal of Medicine recently published results from a 21 year-long study that showed dancing had a positive effect on 76% of participants in the study!
  • Strengthens Posture - Many dance styles use exercises that align the body and strengthens the torso muscles to promote better posture.
  • Creative Thinking - Artistic dance classes, such as Modern Dance, promotes using the part of the brain that develops creative problem solving skills. In many non-artistic jobs employers lists creative thinking as one of their three most desired skills.
  • Improves Flexibility & Balance - The stretches given in dance classes helps relieve joint pain and muscle aches. Many of the exercises practiced enhances balance, a benefit that can be carried over into sports, working with children, and just not falling down as much.
  • Increases Energy Level - Regular dancing is one of the types of exercises known to increase metabolism as well as uplift your spirit!

Dance Scholarships

Barton offers multiple generous dance scholarships for dance majors and non-majors. Please contact Danika Bielek at or (620) 792-9253 for more information.

Studio 34

 Check out the Studio 34 map to locate Barton’s dance facilities on the Barton County Campus.


Barton’s Dance Program is a proud member of the National Dance Education Organization (NDEO)