Partnerships | Webster University


Webster Dance students benefit from close partnerships between the Department of Dance and local dance companies and arts organizations. Students often pursue internships and part-time employment with a host of these companies and many alumni work professionally with them upon graduation.

American College Dance Association (ACDA)


The American College Dance Association’s primary focus is to support and promote the wealth of talent and creativity that is prominent throughout college and university dance departments. ACDA’s sponsorship of regional conferences and the national dance festival provides the venue for students and faculty to engage in three days of performances, workshops, panels, and master classes taught by instructors from around the region and country. The conferences also provide the unique opportunity for students and faculty to have their dance works adjudicated by a panel of nationally recognized dance professionals in an open and constructive forum. The conferences are the primary means for college and university dance programs to perform outside their own academic setting and be exposed to the diversity of the national college dance world. Many conferences culminate with the presentation of pieces selected for their exemplary artistic quality.

Dance St. Louis

dance st louis

Dance St. Louis brings world-class dance that wouldn’t otherwise be presented to the St. Louis region, makes this dance accessible to a widely diverse audience, nurtures local dancers and dance companies, and offers unique and transformative dance education outreach. The 2019-20 season for Dance St. Louis includes Riverdance, Ailey II, Diavolo, An Evening of Ballet Stars, and the annual Spring to Dance Festival.







Repertory Theatre of St. Louis
and Opera Theatre of St. Louis

rep theatre

Webster Dance students often work as ushers and house managers for The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis and Opera Theatre of Saint Louis who are in residence. Some of our dance majors perform with Opera Theatre of Saint Louis in the summertime.

The Muny

MunyThe Muny is a prestigious professional, Equity summer theater in St. Louis. Auditions are held annually in our studios and students often perform in their productions.



ANNONYArts, which was founded by Webster Dance Professor Beckah Reed, is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to supporting a consortium of independent movement and performing artists who present original works and provide arts education. Currently under the direction of Tom Brady, the strong relationship between Webster Dance and ANNONYArts serves as a springboard for students developing as creative and performing artists.

Professional Dance Companies in St. Louis

The growing professional dance community in St. Louis offers many wonderful opportunities for Webster dancers who work as interns and apprentices. Many dance students find full company positions following graduation. St. Louis dance companies include MADCO, Big Muddy Dance Company, Leverage Dance Theater, Karlovsky & Company Dance, and St. Louis Ballet.