A rapidly emerging area of interest at the University is dance. Responding to growing student demand to add dance to the arts curriculum, the Department of Drama introduced new dance courses in the fall of 2004. By the second semester, the classes were so popular that students had to be turned away. In response, the department created a new dance minor in 2006, which is growing rapidly; forty students enrolled in the program’s first year.
The Dance Program is focused on creating an overall “intelligent dancer”—a dancer who is fluent in improvisational skills, composition, theory, performance experience, and production knowledge. Students interested in dance enroll in a balanced program of classes that encompasses each of these elements.
Each year, dance minors are given the opportunity to attend the American College Dance Festival, in which they participate in master classes and performances. Students are also offered master classes, time to work with guest choreographers, and varied performance opportunities.
With a goal of creating a dance major and offering more courses, Rose Beauchamp, director of the Dance Program, points to two critical needs: new faculty and additional studio space to address the increasing demand for dance courses on Grounds.