Dance Interdisciplinary breadth area emphasizing authenticity, collaboration, creative inquiry, and community


Dance is an integral and enlivening part of a liberal arts education. Much of our human experience unfolds in motion, through the physical and creative realms of nonverbal exploration and expression. Our focus is on the whole person, in relationship to self, other, the environment, and community. Our courses provide a balance of spontaneous play and attention to craft, with contemporary training in improvisation and/or choreography as the groundwork for artistic expression and performance. These courses often incorporate other media, such as story, spoken word, music, song, projected images, film, and costuming. Students work toward an increased understanding of the body and movement, improvisation and composition, the mind and creativity, the performer and the witness, the physical and the spiritual.  They learn to communicate, confidently and effectively by reflecting upon and articulating their experience, inspiration, and vision.  

Aspiring to meet our changing world, we are intent on expanding boundaries of dance and performance to include health and wellness, community building, environmental awareness, social restoration and sustainability, and conscious evolution. Faculty support self-directed students in developing breadths and competences in Dance.  Performance and community venues include  production courses, class showcases, and site-specific explorations in the neighborhood and public lands. The Dance program contributes to the larger community by offering public events, workshops, performances, and inter-generational exchange are an essential part of our work. Graduates apply their dance-related skills to diverse lives and careers.


Examples of Dance Courses

  • Artist and Athlete
  • Choreography and Community
  • Creative Practice and Performance
  • Dance and Transformation
  • Dance Improvisation
  • Nature and Dance


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