The dance faculty and students of University of Arkansas at Little Rock thought that the closure of their school for the remainder of the semester due to coronavirus was the biggest of their problems.
Though the university had begun a retrenchment process in January, the dance program had widespread support among university stakeholders—and no one thought the school would eliminate the only dance major in the state of Arkansas.
So the news in early May that the university's chancellor Christy Drale had recommended the dance program be completely cut came as a shock to faculty members and students alike, who had braced themselves for reductions but not elimination.
Photo by Benjamin Crain, courtesy of Stephen Stone
Photo by Benjamin Crain, courtesy of Anderson
Photo by Benjamin Krain, courtesy of Stone