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Performing Arts

Dance and Theatre programs emphasizing creative inquiry, authenticity, innovation, and collaboration. 



The Performing Arts are an integral part of a liberal arts education. This may include engaging with the environment, healing arts, human potential, community building, culture, social change, or history through dance, theatre,  and related areas.  The courses offered encourage students to move from foundational skills to varied practical applications and performance art.



Firm in the origins of performance art, as an agent of personal and societal change, our program continues to evolve to meet our changing world. Students express their authentic interests, talents, and passion. The possibilities in creating independent studies are as numerous as our students. They are supported in creating new work that has the potential of generating a viable livelihood.  



Courses in the Performing Arts are experiential in nature and inspire students to develop problem-solving abilities, self-direction, critical and original thinking, and leadership skills.  They provide a balance of self-expression and attention to craft.  Students work toward an increased understanding of the body and movement, the voice and language, the mind and creativity, the performer and the witness—and they learn to communicate, confidently and effectively. They learn criteria to discuss and evaluate their experiences, performances, written scripts, and productions. 


Our dance courses focus on improvisation and composition as groundwork for artistic expression, choreography, performance, and ritual. An emphasis is placed on kinesthetic awareness, organic process, and cultivating a mind/body/heart/spirit connection.  Writing, spoken word, live music, poetry, visual arts, song, soundscapes, video, and costuming are often incorporated.


Our theatre courses help students develop skills in acting, improvisation, and directing; provide a foundation in dramatic literature, history, and theory; and create opportunities for students to perform in both informal and full-scale productions as well as write their own plays and performance pieces. 


Student performances include production courses, class showcases, ritual offerings, independent studies and senior projects.  Our program provides a vital link to the larger community. 



Students who have included dance and/or theatre in their studies have gone on to graduate school, become educators and performing artists, started nonprofit organizations, and inspired an embodied and creative approach to other profession. 

Choreography in the Community

The choreography in the community class at Prescott College with the Spring Ridge Academy and members in the community performance, this is the final piece, choreographed by Breanna Rogers.


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  • Dillon Metcalfe (Kelly Megan Stack Scholarship Recipient)

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