Sparks Dance Company (SDC) was founded in 1989 as Penn’s premiere dance company dedicated to both performing and community service. The company, managed by undergraduate students, maintains a high technical level of many styles of dance including ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop, modern, lyrical, and contemporary. In addition to weekly technique classes, each semester culminates with a self-choreographed show. Company members also perform at other popular campus events throughout the year such as the Emily Sachs Dance Benefit and Freshmen Performing Arts Night. Additionally, SDC members have the chance to share their love of dance at various Philadelphia locales, such as the Salvation Army and the Ronald McDonald house, through our philanthropy program each semester.
At the beginning of each semester, Sparks admits dancers to the company through an audition process designed to examine both technical and performance experience. While not all members are required to perform all styles of dance, the audition process consists of a technical section and a combination section during which dancers are taught several short combinations of varying styles and then asked to perform them. Once admitted to SDC, dancers are expected to attend weekly technique classes in addition to rehearsals for the semester-end show. SDC seeks members with a passion for dance and performance, a commitment to our mission, and a desire to be part of a close-knit group of Penn students.