At the core of The Program in Dance is the belief that physical and intellectual engagement with dance fosters an integration of mind and body that allows for a greater connection to our own selves and, by extension, to our community. To that end, we aim to increase and expand the University’s exposure to and appreciation of dance through practice, performance, and critical academic discourse.
The program’s depth and flexibility allow for the nurturing and development of beginners as well as dancers at the pre-professional level, within the context of a broad liberal arts education. With the guidance of a faculty composed of professional dance artists, students explore the artistry and physicality of movement at the kinetic, creative, and cognitive levels through studio and seminar courses, development of original choreography, co-curricular ballet, modern, and conditioning classes, master classes led by guest artists, and numerous performance opportunities each year ranging from full professional productions to site-specific, interdisciplinary and experimental projects.
With this wide array of opportunities and resources, a dedicated student can dance for upwards of 30 hours a week while still pursuing a major and outside interests. Students with a special or career interest in dance may choose to pursue substantive independent work as part of a certificate in Dance.