The Program in Dance familiarizes students with creative, performative, and analytical approaches to dance through exposure to professional choreographers, dancers, critics, and scholars. While pursuing a liberal arts education, students have the opportunity to undertake demanding, studio-based courses with dance professionals. The program provides advanced courses for the pre-professional dancer in addition to offering courses open to students who have never danced. The creation of original work, both choreographic and written, is emphasized alongside rigorous technical training. The program supports multiple performance opportunities each year, ranging from full professional productions in the Berlind Theatre with choreography by faculty, guests, and students to site-specific interdisciplinary thesis projects and independent experimental work. Students with a special, perhaps even a career, interest in dance can choose to earn a program certificate.
The curricular wing of the program offers courses in modern, contemporary, ballet, experimental, African dance techniques, repertory, and choreography, as well as in dance history, analysis, anatomy, and criticism. The program also provides interdepartmental performance collaborations as well as yearly interdisciplinary opportunities with the Atelier program. In addition, co-curricular ballet, modern, and conditioning classes are offered on a daily basis. Yearly short- and long-term visiting artists enhance curricular offerings by choreographing original work and staging the work of seminal choreographers for dance concerts, or by offering special workshops, seminars, and master classes.
Program courses are open to all undergraduates. Past experience in dance is not a requirement for admission to introductory courses, and the program also offers sufficient intermediate and advanced classes, as well as co-curricular opportunities, such that the serious student will, upon graduation, be prepared for advanced study in the field.