Program of Study

The program offers courses in modern, contemporary, ballet, experimental, and African dance techniques, repertory, and choreography, as well as in dance history, analysis, and criticism. Program courses are open to all undergraduates. Past experience in dance is not a requirement for admission to introductory courses, whereas the program’s intermediate and advanced classes demand a high level of technical sophistication.

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A certificate of proficiency from the Program in Dance is awarded to students who successfully complete a substantial amount of work in the practical and academic areas of the discipline. Students should enroll in the certificate program during the second term of the sophomore year, but no later than the start of the second term of the junior year. At least two of the required courses should be completed before enrollment in the certificate program.

To obtain the certificate in dance, students need to complete: (1) four studio courses above the introductory level, two of which must be performance courses: DAN 319/419/420 or Atelier; (2) one course in dance history and criticism: DAN 321 Special Topics in Dance History, Criticism, and Aesthetics, offered spring semester only; (3) two additional performances during the junior and/or senior year with a guest choreographer, in a dance-based Atelier, or in a senior thesis production; (4) two semesters of twice-weekly co-curricular ballet, modern dance, or conditioning classes; and (5) 20 hours of technical work in assisting the dance program’s productions.

Students are encouraged to self-design programs with an interdisciplinary focus. All substitutions of requirements will be determined in consultation with the program director.



Advanced Creative Work

The program offers all students the opportunity to do advanced creative work under the supervision of its faculty. These projects may be pursued as extracurricular activities or as independent work related to their certificate completion. With permission of the student’s department of concentration, such a project may also satisfy one of the requirements for independent work in the department, in which case it must consist of or be accompanied by written work, such as a scholarly or critical evaluation. Past independent projects have included performances in the 350-seat, state-of-the-art Berlind Theatre, site-specific productions in the Chancellor Green rotunda and elsewhere on campus, and video installations. Often, senior certificate dancers choose dance to be the topic of their departmental theses. For example, an anthropology concentrator chose as her thesis subject Sri Lankan dance; a comparative literature thesis explored links between poetry and dance theories; and other certificate students have looked at dance from the viewpoints of computer science, mathematics, neuroscience, physics and music.