Somewhere along the way you have had a profound experience with your body working in motion…one that has led you here.
At Columbia College Chicago’s Department of Dance you will work with a world-class faculty and experience our internationally renowned Dance Presenting Series. You will be a part of a rich and diverse student body, one of the largest in the country, with whom you will build networks, engage in collaboration, and share personal, artistic, and intellectual growth.
You will dig in to your body’s previous experience with movement. You will deepen your talent for motion in our state-of-the-art facilities and in the context of an enlightened liberal arts curriculum. You will cultivate your understanding of dance not only by doing it, but by reading about it, writing about it, making it, watching it, and researching it. You will learn how the dances you’ve grown up with are linked to a rich tapestry of human history, an interconnected and evolving cultural legacy that is physical, intellectual, political, aesthetic, and spiritual.
You will explore movement through a wide range and focus of embodied experiences. Your participation in physical practices will include foundational study in historically significant techniques like Ballet and West African dance, as well as developmental study in Contemporary Dance. This study will be augmented by work in, among others, disciplines such as Hip Hop, Jazz, Tap, and subtle, ancient practices like Yoga and Tai Chi. Physical practice will focus on developing your capacity as a strong and flexible dancer. This core physicality will be the wellspring from which you will learn to articulate a body of work that will become your foundation for the making of dance, the teaching of dance, the performance of dance, and in working as a dancer in diverse industries (Our alumni are employed professionally as everything from performers in companies, to teachers in elementary schools, to workshop facilitators in police interrogation techniques.).
You will continue to build upon your body’s experiences with movement. At Columbia College Chicago our dancers are preparing for a quickly evolving future by immersing themselves in a curriculum that allows for real exploration in other creative disciplines. The diverse fields of study in the visual, performing, media, and communication arts available at Columbia will enhance your talents and increase your global relevance as a dancer. You will discover how your skills and expertise as a dancer are connected to the world at large and how they bring something to every conversation that would be missing if you were not in the room. As a Columbia College Chicago educated dancer your expertise in the techniques, the history, the culture, the theory, the making, the teaching, and the sharing of movement will be a valuable and necessary resource for the shaping of your generation’s next steps.