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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