Dance students perform on stage


Discover Your Potential at Barton Dance

Barton's Performing Arts Dance Program offers high quality dance instruction taught in excellent facilities like Studio 34 for students of all levels of dance experience. Our Dance Department is committed to the education of dancers by establishing a solid foundation of technical training coupled with artistic and aesthetic qualities and a welcoming and creative environment. Our department's goal is to prepare dance students for the next level, whether it be transferring to a university, in a dance company, or to gain a life-long appreciation of dance as an art form. 

Barton’s Dance Program is a proud member of the National Dance Education Organization (NDEO)

Dance students

Why Dance at Barton? 

​​Dance Faculty: ​Classes are taught by dance professionals with decades of teaching experience. 

AA Degree in Dance: ​Barton is one of the few community colleges in the Midwest offering an Associates of Arts Degree in Dance designed to transfer to university dance departments. Our full dance curriculum is designed to train a dancer's body and mind with multiple types of classes.

Dance Scholarships: ​Barton offers multiple generous dance scholarships for dance majors and non-majors. Please contact Danika Bielek at or (620) 792-9253 for more information.

Excellent Facilities: Barton's dance studio, Studio 34, is a sunny large space that includes a top-of-the-line Stage Step sprung floor, high ceilings, comfortable air conditioning/heating units, full stereo system, multiple ballet barres, balance boards, and LOTS of room to dance in! Check out a map of Studio 34!​​​

Barton Dance Theatre (BDT): Our college dance company, Barton Dance Theatre, gives dance students valuable experience working in a dance company while earning performance credits. BDT performs throughout the year at a wide variety of events and venues.  Auditions for BDT will be held twice a year at the beginning of fall and spring semesters. 

Individualized Instruction: ​The many benefits of dancing at Barton include dancing in smaller sized classes where students receive more individualized attention at an affordable tuition.

Dancers practice in dance studio

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon completing our AA Degree in Dance students will:

  1. Demonstrate and understand the creative process through choreographed and improvised movement projects applying timing (musicality), space, and movement dynamics.
  2. Apply kinesiological based technique and performance qualities to expressive movement with physical clarity.
  3. Describe, analyze, and reflect upon historical, cultural, and theatrical styles of movement by use of their appropriate terminologies.
  4. Present themselves with professionalism through self-discipline, being prepared for the demands of a dancer, and working collaboratively with others.
Curriculum Guides
Curriculum Guides

Curriculum Guides

Associate in Art

Dance for the Community
Dance for the Community

Classes for Adults & High School Students

Dancing for Mobility class studentsWe welcome and invite high school students and adults from the community to join dance technique classes for personal enjoyment. Barton specifically offers lunchtime and evening classes to be available to working adults.

Dance for Aging Adults

Our program has unique movement classes designed for seniors to help increase balance, promote better posture and develop a stronger mind-to-body connection necessary for mobility. See Dancing for Mobility (DANC 1003) in dance class options offered through the Silver Cougar Club.


Modern dance class studentsModern Dance I & II (DANC 1020 & 1030 - 2 & 3 credits) 

Modern Dance is an expressive style of dance where students learn how to use dance and movement as a form of non-verbal communication through studying multiple diverse techniques. Modern Dance I & II are dance major requirements.

Ballet dance studentsBallet I & II (DANC 1035 & 1036 – 2 & 3 credits)

In ballet class, students will gain strength, flexibility, balance, muscle control, and musicality related to movement. All levels of experience welcome. Ballet I & II are dance major requirements.

Tap Dance I (DANC 1016 – 2 credits) 

This course introduces and develops on the principles of tap dance including weight shift, rhythm, and tap vocabulary. Students will gain an appreciation of tap dance as an art form. No experience necessary.

Tap dance studentJazz Dance I & II (DANC 1100 & 1102 - 2 credits) 

The energetic style of Jazz Dance teaches a variety of dance steps, coordination, rhythmic control, and different techniques from early jazz styles to contemporary jazz. A great class for musical theatre!

Barton Dance Theater (DANC 1001 - 2 credits)

Barton’s student dance company offers dance students a better understanding of what it is like to work in a dance company. In BDT students will learn, rehearse, and perform multiple styles of technical dance at a variety of venues and engage in dance education experiences such as dance field trips to see professional dance companies perform. Excellent performance scholarships available. To be considered for company placement dance students must have at least 2 years dance experience. Learn more about BDT

Dance Composition I (DANC 1010- 3 credits)

This is an introductory-level course in the art of making dances.   The class explores movement improvisation as a means for developing movement phrases and the fundamental elements of dance-space, time, weight, and energy flow.  Students will learn how to combine motivated movement within a structure to create original choreography. This class is a dance major requirement.

History of Dance I (DANC 1040 - 3 credits) 

Why did people start dancing anyway? How did dance equal political power in the royal court? Where does Hip Hop come from? Do you really have to move your belly in Belly Dance? Learn these answers and more in this interactive dance academic class! This class is open to all students, regardless of dance experience. This class is a dance major requirement and fulfills BCC’s Humanities requirement.

Dancing for Mobility for Aging Adults (DANC 1003 - 2 credits) 

This dance therapy class helps aging adults maintain mind-to-body connection, improve balance, increase memory and have a good time while learning a variety of dance styles in a safe environment. 

Barton Dance Theatre
Barton Dance Theatre

Barton Dance Theatre dancerBarton Dance Theatre (BDT) is committed to bringing high quality dance experiences with artistic motivation to Barton students and beyond. BDT members learn, rehearse and perform challenging dances from a diverse range of styles with intent to represent the college at a wide range of local and national venues. Giving students the experience of what working in a dance company is like while gaining two college credit hours, BDT is an excellent choice for those looking to work in the field of dance or for those who pursue dancing with commitment, energy, and perseverance.

BDT (course DANC 1001) meets Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. After being accepted by audition, students must register for the 2 credit hour class to participate.

BDT Company Requirements: 

  • Acceptance by audition.
  • A minimum of two years dance experience in Modern/Contemporary Dance, Jazz Dance, and/or Ballet.
  • Be actively enrolled and attending dance technique classes in the fall semester at Barton or regional dance studio.

Upcoming BDT Auditions

Barton Dance Theatre dancers perform on stageSpring 2022:

The class-style audition can be done either virtually through Zoom or live. Please contact Danika Bielek at or (620)792-9253.

  • Check back soon for audition details!

Dance Scholarships

Barton offers multiple generous dance scholarships for dance majors and non-majors. Barton Dance Theatre members are eligible for Activity Award Scholarships. Please contact Danika Bielek at or (620) 792-9253 for more information. 

Meet Danika Bielek
Meet Danika Bielek

Danika BielekDanika Bielek began dancing in a modern dance class at Phoenix Community College when enrolled as a visual art major. Very quickly her creative energies had shifted into the moving arts and changed her major. She graduated from Arizona State University with a B.F.A. cum laude in Dance Performance/Choreography as a scholarship recipient (Young Choreographer Award). While at ASU, she benefited from training and performing with significant instructors, companies and choreographers such as modern dance pioneer Daniel Nagrin, Kee-Juan Han (Indianapolis & Boston Ballet), Madame Xenia Christova (Kirov Ballet), Bebe Miller (Bebe Miller Company), Joe Goode Performance Group, “Uncle” CK Ganyo (Ganyo & Dancers), Marion Kirk-Jones (Horton Dance Company), and Cliff Keuter (Paul Taylor Dance Company). Throughout her training at ASU, Ms. Bielek studied at The Phoenix School of Ballet and at Ballet Arizona. She continues her dance professional development by “studio hopping” in NYC, networking with other dance professionals, taking summer classes at Ballet Arizona, and attending a wide range of workshops in all dance styles nation-wide.

Ms. Bielek began her performance career with Phoenix, Arizona's oldest modern dance company, Desert Dance Theater. Additional performances include dancing works by Kelly Roth, Bill Evans, Cleo Parker Robinson, Peak Ballet, and Rosangela Silvestre, founder of the exquisite Silvestre Technique (Brazil). Later, she performed as a modern dancer soloist with classical and jazz musicians. As a choreographer she has choreographed directed student dance companies, founded her own modern company, Composite Dance (Colorado), has guest choreographed for contemporary companies, ballet companies, and multiple musicals and operas. Commercial choreography credits include choreographing the Heart Ball event for the American Heart Association and being a featured choreographer on the PBS’s series Dance Horizons.

Teaching has been one of Ms. Bielek's greatest interests and is honored to have over 20+ years working as a dance educator. She teaches contemporary and classical modern dance techniques (specializing in classical modern techniques of Horton, Limón, Taylor-Style, Graham, and Dunham), ballet/pointe, men’s ballet technique, jazz dance, dance for musical theatre, movement improvisation, dance history and specializes in choreographic instruction. She has taught students from beginners through pre-professionals of all ages. One memorable instructional experience was enhancing Olympic Athletes’ training through dance technique (Colorado Springs, CO). Most recently, she has been in training under the Dance for PD (Parkinson's Disease) program with the Mark Morris Dance Center (Brooklyn, NY) and founded the Rhythm Connections for PD of Central Kansas. She has taught dance as a form of therapy for many purposes- whether it be maintaining a mind-to-body connection in aging adults or building self-confidence in abused children.

Past positions held include Dance Department Chair at Pikes Peak Community College (Colorado Springs, CO), Executive Director and Dance Director of the Bethel College Academy of Performing Arts (Newton, KS), dance instructor at ArtisTree Dance Studio (Hutchinson, KS) and is one of the rehearsal directors for the Prairie Nutcracker.

Ms. Bielek is excited to work with dance students at Barton Community College as the Performing Arts Dance Instructor/Coordinator. Duties of her newly developed position include program development, directing the student dance company Barton Dance Theatre, developing the Dancing for Mobility program, choreographing musicals for the Theatre Department and, doing what she loves most, teaching dance!