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The Dance Program provides an opportunity for concentrated study in dance within a liberal arts curriculum. The program is grounded in the development of students as articulate movers, thinkers, writers, speakers, and creators of dance, providing a balance between artistic expression, technical proficiency, and scholarly inquiry. Students are instructed by experienced, professional faculty, comprised of seasoned educators and working artists — see 2017 Spring Visiting Artists series with Michel Kouakou and Zoe Scofield.


·      To be an integral part of the general education curriculum and liberal arts studies at the university.

·      To provide technically sound, varied course offerings in dance.

·      To offer courses that develop an understanding of the aesthetic, historical, and kinesiological values of dance.

·      To provide a student-centered curriculum, demonstrated in:

o  Course instruction

o  Performance opportunities

o  Support of student initiated activities

o  Provision of student leadership opportunities; and

o  The promotion of performance as integral to dance education.

·      To encourage and develop creative individual expression within each student.

·      To provide students with rich experiences in the studio, classroom, and through performance that enhance skill and knowledge of the field.

·      To encourage students to reflect critically, communicate effectively, and conduct themselves professionally through the study of dance.

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