The Dance Program offered at Washington College is designed to train dancers in the areas of performance, choreography, and teaching. These domains of dance creative practice are seen as mutually dependent and interactive. Choosing a Dance Minor allows students to explore and refine their interests in the field through curricular and co-curricular experiences in these three areas. Fundamental to the training of the dancer is the cultivation of artistry, technique, as well as the ability to articulate this knowledge through movement and writing. The Dance Minor Program welcomes students from across campus who are interested in incorporating embodied learning within their college experience as a complement to their major field of study.
The core dance techniques are Modern Dance and Ballet supplemented with a wide variety of additional dance forms and other elective offerings. The dance curriculum also includes classes for academic credit in:
Dance in Culture and Society
Introduction to Teaching Dance
Dance students participate in Dancescape, the annual departmental dance concert featuring original works by students, faculty, alumni, and guest artists presented in Decker Theatre. Students gain mentorship and earn academic credit for their work in Dancescape through Dance Practicum courses in the areas of performance, choreography, and production. Students also have the opportunity to perform and present their choreography in galleries, studios, and site-specific venues throughout the campus and community.
Working collaboratively with artistic and academic disciplines across campus allows dance students to forge interdisciplinary connections and deepen their dance knowledge. Examples include collaborative partnerships and projects with Theatre, Music, Visual Art, and the Starr Center for the Study of American Experience.