The Program in Dance familiarizes students with creative, performative, and analytical approaches to dance through exposure to professional choreographers, dancers, scholars, and interdisciplinary artists. 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, diversity, and flexibility nurture beginners and challenge pre-professionals. While pursuing a liberal arts education, students have the opportunity to undertake demanding, studio-based courses with faculty and visiting artists. The creation of original work, both choreographic and written, is emphasized alongside expansive, rigorous training. The program supports multiple performance opportunities each year, ranging from full professional productions in the Berlind Theatre with choreography by faculty and guests, to site-specific interdisciplinary thesis projects and independent experimental work. Students with a special interest – possibly even a career interest – in dance can choose to earn a program certificate.
The curricular wing of the program offers interdisciplinary and collaborative approaches to the study of dance. The program offers courses in modern, contemporary, hip-hop, ballet, and diasporic African dance practices, as well as repertory, choreography, dance studies, anatomy, pedagogy, improvisation, and experimental dance practices. In addition, co-curricular classes in a variety of techniques are offered on a daily basis. Yearly short- and long-term visiting artists enhance curricular offerings by choreographing original work, staging the work of seminal choreographers, or by teaching workshops, seminars, and master classes.
Launched in 2017, the Hearst Choreographer-in-Residence Program fosters connections with the greater dance community. It provides selected professional choreographers with resources and a rich environment in which to develop their work and offers opportunities for students, faculty and staff to engage with diverse creative practices.