Outside of the context of theater, dance was not allowed at the University of Northwestern—St. Paul until 2013, but in 2009, a “dance for musical theater” class was offered for the first time. It was never published in the course catalog because it had “dance” in the title. Fast forward five years, and the department of music and theater has added a dance minor to its academic program.
Students and faculty were in prayer for weeks leading up to the final meeting to get the minor approved, and when Jennifer Hunter, artistic director for Northwestern theater and Jolene Konkel, the choreographer, returned, they told students it could not have gone any better. “The decision passed unanimously,” said senior theater major Josie Michalk.