Redefining the Classroom


About the Dance Program

The dance studio in the Arts Center at Lake Superior State University.

Thank you for considering the Dance Program at Lake Superior State University, where we began offering dance education opportunities in the curriculum nearly forty years ago. While those opportunities have taken various forms over the years, we have a long-standing tradition of making dance accessible.

Dance Program Mission Statement

Lake Superior State University's Dance Program is dedicated to providing rigourous training in the art of dance theatre for serious dance students, even as we offer opportunities for those exploring dance for the first time. Classical and contemporary approaches to dance are rooted in the liberal arts context, connecting artistic aesthetics and practices to the humanities, sciences, and business/economics with a focus on interdisciplinary collaboration. Students explore dance in artistic and intellectual terms, and investigate and discuss various elements of the human condition/experience through dance theatre.

We offer a B.A. in Fine Arts Studies and a Dance Minor. Both of these curricula are presently being redesigned, however, current audit sheets are available here Fine Arts Studies - BA (pdf) and here Dance - Minor (pdf).

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About the Dance Faculty

Joshua Legg
Office: ARTS 224
Email: Dance Program
Phone: (906) 635-2265

Joshua’s choreography has been called “stunning, intense…an exciting interpretation of modern ballet.” Recognized for his diverse range (recent commissions include both dance and opera companies), he has presented works nationally earning grant support and honors on adjudicated concerts.

His work as a choreographer, performer, and director spans ballet, classic modern, post-Judson, street jazz, dance theatre/performance art, opera, classical and contemporary theatre, and musical theatre. Joshua has enjoyed dance roles in masterworks by Balanchine, de Mille, Petipa, and Robbins, and a diverse range of contemporary works as well. Joshua is presently directing the dance program at Lake Superior State University.

A French translation of his first book, Introduction to Modern Dance Techniques (October 2011: Princeton Book Company), was released in August 2014 (Gremese Editore, translator: Laure Valentin). Additional dance writing has appeared in DanceTeacher and DanceSpirit magazines, covering a breadth of topics from ballet and contemporary techniques to choreography pedagogy, grantsmanship, and dance in rural America. Joshua has interviewed major artists and educators in ballet and contemporary dance including: Ruth Andrien, Keith Lee, Mary Lisa Burns, Judith Jamison, Albirda Rose, Elizabeth Auclaire, Karin von Aroldingen, Robby Barnett, Sara Rudner, Sara Neece, Sally Fitt, Jennifer Scanlon, and Robert Swinston. As a scholar, he considers race, gender/sexual identity, economics, and the appearance of liminal ritual in concert dance.

Recognized as a master teacher, Joshua has been a guest teacher or speaker for the American Dance Festival’s Paul Taylor Project, the DanceTeacher Summit, the American College Dance Festival, various universities, private and pre-professional studios, and high school dance programs. His academic appointments include the dance or theatre programs at Northwestern State University of Louisiana, Harvard University (where he received a Certificate of Distinction in Teaching), Suffolk University, and Shenandoah University. Working alongside some of dance’s greatest artists, Joshua has served as a rehearsal director/dance captain for concert dance and musicals. For instance, at Harvard University, he worked with Trey McIntyre on a new ballet, with Heather Watts on her stagings of Balanchine’s Apollo and Serenade, and Christine Dakin on her staging of Graham’s Night Journey.

He holds a BFA and MFA in dance choreography and performance (Shenandoah Conservatory), and a BS in mass communications (Shenandoah University). Joshua is a proud recipient of the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Foundation’s service award (Shenandoah), is a member of the Omicron Delta Kappa leadership honor society, and is an associate member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society.