The purpose of the Dance Department is to educate students in the physical disciplines, cultural traditions and expressive possibilities of dance. The department curriculum offers complementary study in the disciplines of Theater, Visual Art, Africana Studies, American Studies, Asian-American Studies, Global Studies, Gender Studies, Music, and Performance Studies. Dance technique courses include ballet, modern, and African Dance.
Currently we do not offer a major or concentration, but students seeking to anchor their academic and creative study in dance may pursue the Contract Major option.
Courses are offered for academic and/or PE credit; you must register for PE courses through the Physical Education department.
All students are welcome to audition for membership in the Department’s performing companies which include: CoDa, whose members train in and perform works created in the vocabularies of modern dance and ballet; Kusika, an African Dance and percussion ensemble which accepts members as dancers, musicians, and storytellers; Sankofa, the college’s step team, whose members present this percussive dance form with both respect to tradition and an energetic exploration of new ideas; and the Zambezi Marimba Band, which performs music from Zambia and Zimbabwe, as well as from around the world. Membership is also possible through invitation by the company directors. Company members study with faculty, guest artists and peers. Student choreographers are also supported. More information can be found on the Dance website.