Programs

Dance

"Answer questions by moving."

— Susan Marshall

The Program in Dance welcomes all students to engage and experiment with dance. At the core of the program is the belief that dance fosters an integration of mind and body that allows for a greater connection to ourselves and our communities. To that end, we work to increase and expand the University’s exposure to and appreciation of dance through practice, performance, and critical conversation.

The program provides a depth, diversity, and flexibility of offerings that nurture beginners and challenge pre-professionals. While pursuing a liberal arts education, students have the opportunity to undertake demanding courses with professional choreographers, dancers, interdisciplinary artists, and scholars. The curriculum emphasizes expansive, rigorous training and the creation of original works of choreography, performance, and academic analysis. We support multiple performance opportunities each year, ranging from productions in the Roger S. Berlind Theatre and the Hearst Dance Theater, with choreography by faculty and guests, to site-specific interdisciplinary thesis projects and independent experimental work. Students with a special interest or career aspirations in dance can choose to earn a program certificate.

Learn more about Program in Dance faculty, news, events, & courses.

New Dance Course for Fall 2021

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Black Dance: History, Theory, Practice

Taught by Jasmine E. Johnson, a Visiting Assistant Professor at the Lewis Center (2021-22) and an Assistant Professor of Africana Studies at the University of Pennsylvania. Her work explores the politics of Black movement including dance, performance and diasporic travel. Johnson’s interdisciplinary research and teaching are situated at the intersection of diaspora theory, dance and performance studies, ethnography, and Black feminisms.

This new dance course (DAN 305/AMS 310/AAS 307) traces histories, traditions and innovations in Black American dance through archival and embodied practice. Moving from the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade to the 1970s, we will explore how dance – when executed by those who identify as Black and when circulated outside/beyond/without Black people themselves – speaks to the body’s relationship to the political, social, and cultural contexts of American life. Through a hybrid seminar/studio seminar format, students will be introduced to theories, debates, and critical frameworks in Black Dance. We’ll wrestle with the complexities around researching, doing, and reading Black Dance. Class meets Tuesdays, 1:30-4:20 p.m.

Upcoming dance events

Learn more about this year’s performance season and weekly co-curricular class offerings.

PRINCETON DANCE FESTIVAL REIMAGINED

The Making of Princeton Dance Festival Reimagined

Learn how Princeton’s Program in Dance reimagined its annual Princeton Dance Festival for a socially distanced world during a global pandemic with the help of faculty, choreographers, and participating students living throughout the United States and abroad.

Learn more about Princeton Dance Festival Reimagined, presented November 23, December 3, 4 + 5, 2020.

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Questions?

For more information about the Program in Dance, please contact Program Associate Cindy Rosenfeld at 609-258-3017 or cr17@princeton.edu, or consult a directory of program staff.

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