Columbia College Dance students can expect to become skilled contemporary dancers with substantial physical performance abilities who can actively engage in dancemaking through choreography, improvisation and performance. Our students are educated in the historical, cultural, scientific and theoretical information and perspectives on dance, as well as the pedagogical practices of dance and the functional body mechanics. The program features additional coursework in the breadth of the field, including work in somatic practices, historical and cultural perspectives, rhythm for dancers, dance pedagogy, and a core-course sequence in dance making.
On Campus: Freshmen & Transfer Students
All incoming students must participate in the level placement assessment offered at Orientation.
What to expect:
- • ALL STUDENTS SHOULD BE PREPARED TO DANCE.
- • The audition class will include Modern, Ballet, Improvisation, and African
For the Level Placement Audition students should wear form-fitting dance clothes such as a leotard and tights (footless), athletic wear or shorts for men. For the ballet class, students will need to wear ballet shoes (pointe shoes are not permitted). For the modern portion of the class, bare feet are required.
Distance: Freshmen & Transfer Students
We regret that we are unable to register any student for Technique courses without a level placement evaluation.
However, in addition to Liberal Arts and Science Courses, students can register for Introduction to Dance Studies (33-1351) and up to three of the following:
- • Yoga: Beginning (33-1271)
- • African Dance: Beginning (33-1241)
- • Jazz Dance: Beginning (33-1231)
- • Tai Chi Chuan: Beginning (33-1261)
- • Tap Dance: Beginning (33-1251)
- • Body Tune Up & Conditioning (33-1285)
Recommended First-Semester Classes
- • Introduction to Dance Studies (33-1351)
All new Dance students are required to take:New students will be placed into appropriate technique courses in person at Orientation. Placement into technique levels above “Introduction to Dance Technique” may allow students to begin additional Dance major coursework, and these students will be advised appropriately.
We recommend that Dance students take at least one movement technique course each day.