Dance Program Objectives
Students have an opportunity to become involved with the dance program on multiple levels. At any level of involvement, students can expect opportunities to:
- Build a lifelong engagement with the art of dance
- Develop technical and artistic skills in a variety of contemporary and traditional dance forms.
- Perform in a variety of venues in traditional theatre settings, experimental theatre, site-specific work and community outreach.
- Explore interdisciplinary collaborations across campus and in the community.
- Work with diverse guest artists and scholars
- Through specific coursework, students will:
- Demonstrate proficiency in the elements of movement to analyze, describe and creatively manipulate movement and develop competency in the craft of improvisation and choreography;
- Demonstrate an understanding of dance as a cultural, sociological, historical, and aesthetic phenomena, discipline and expression;
- Demonstrate critical reading and writing skills that examine the performing arts as reflective and reflexive of culture;
- Make connections with self and healthy living by developing a working knowledge of basic anatomy, kinesiology, somatic practices, injury prevention and nutrition;
- Demonstrate the skill of performance and the craft of choreography through participation in faculty and student productions;
- Demonstrate a working knowledge of the art and science of teaching dance;
- Use technology to preserve and/or broaden the making of dance art;
- Acquire a background in the business of the art such as company management, production, grant writing, and entrepreneurial pursuits