Department of Music, Theatre
and Dance
Varner Hall, Room 207
371 Varner Drive
Rochester, MI 48309-4485
Academic Office: (248) 370-2030
Box Office: (248) 370-3013
Fax: (248) 370-2041


Oakland University has two different student dance companies that jointly present two dance concerts each season:
  • Oakland Dance Theatre (ODT) accepts dancers with varying levels of dance technique.
  • Oakland University Repertory Dance Company (RDC) is a pre-professional company that prepares more advanced dancers for a career in dance performance. First year students are not eligible for RDC.

Auditions are required for both dance companies and are usually held the first week of classes each semester in Studio 132 in Varner Hall. For audition dates and times, contact Gregory Patterson at (248) 370-3009 or

Students who audition are automatically considered for both companies.


Oakland Dance Theatre rehearsals are held Monday and Wednesday evenings beginning at 5:30 p.m. with company class rehearsals to follow from 7-10 p.m. OU Repertory Dance Company rehearsals are held Tuesday and Thursday from 7-10 p.m. and Friday from 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. following technique classes. Additional rehearsals are required when guest artists are in residence.