Associate Professor John Pennington, Department Chair
Associate Professor Pennington
Lecturers Cano, Fritz, Koenig, Pizarro, Schulz, Wenten
Ashanti Lamar Smalls, academic coordinator
|1On leave Fall 2023
||2On leave Spring 2024
||3On leave 2023-24
Dance is an interdisciplinary art form that embraces elements of theatre, music, kinesiology, history, and the study of diverse cultures. Instruction is available to students who wish to study dance as one of the liberal arts, as well as to those who aspire to professional careers in dance performance or related fields. The Dance Department challenges students to develop concentration skills, observational and analytical abilities and capacities for working with broad aesthetic concepts and fine details while developing their creative instincts. Solid foundations in modern, ballet, composition and repertory are designed to build strong technique and artistic expression.
Within the Dance Major, there are two areas of emphasis: Performance Studies and Movement Studies. The performance emphasis, which requires technique study at the advanced level, culminates in a senior choreography/performance project, while the movement studies emphasis culminates in a senior project/written thesis that may or may not involve performance. Although encouraged to take technique throughout their four years, movement studies concentrators are not required to perform at the advanced level of technique and are encouraged to combine their work in dance with other disciplines.
The department also offers a minor in dance.
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