The Dance Center's curriculum demands active engagement from our students - from the moment they begin their first class through to their graduation day. Dancing is a daily practice.
The curriculum is structured around three broad areas of study: physical dance training rooted in contemporary, modern dance training and practice; artistic practice in improvisation, choreography and performance; and intellectual foundations of historical, cultural and theoretical contexts for dance. Our students are required to advance through multiple skill levels of dance technique via a rigorous training process that includes classes in both contemporary (modern) dance and ballet. Additional courses in contact improvisation, jazz, hip hop, and world dance forms are offered to round out students' exposure to all forms of dance.
The curriculum also focuses on developing skill, personal voice, and maturity in the dance artist - as dancer, choreographer and teacher. As they progress through our technique requirements, students also learn about and practice dance improvisation and composition, music and rhythmic analysis, dance history, body sciences, cultural studies, and concert dance production. The BA degree is a liberal arts degree that offers a broad range of studies in dance. The BFA degree offers an immersive dance education, which prepares students for professional employment upon graduation. The BFA degree culminates in capstone coursework in either dance making or teaching, while allowing students to advance in the areas of dance studies and performance.
Our program places high emphasis on creative endeavor. Throughout their matriculation students enjoy numerous opportunities to perform and to create their own dances. Concerts featuring student choreography and performances highlight each semester.