The Department of Dance offers a wide range of courses in dance technique for the beginning, intermediate, and advanced dancer, as well as dance theory courses in dance history, composition, pedagogy, kinesiology, and somatic education.


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Student Resources


Student Profile: Isabella Siddall '21

Isabella Siddall '21

Majors: Dance and Physics

“At HWS, I have been able to further my education in the fields of both physics and dance. I have professors who are encouraging and supportive and the relationships I have developed with them have been vital to my learning and development. The ability to study two of my passions was something I did not think was possible, but with the help of my professors and the liberal arts model, has become a reality. I could not be happier or more grateful for my experience.”

Meet Our Faculty

The dance faculty at HWS have scholarly interests as diverse as the subject itself. From movement science and somatic education to community arts programming and outreach, African Diaspora to choreography pedagogy, at HWS you will gain exciting new knowledge from experts in the discipline. Scroll below to meet our team of innovators, scholars and above all, dedicated teachers. Meet the entire department >

Dance News

VIRTUAL VIEWS: Faculty Dance Concert 2021  

Wed, 21 Apr 2021

Faculty Dance PosterThree professors of Dance Ensemble, Donna Davenport, Michelle Iklé and Kelly Johnson, spent the spring semester with 35 William Smith dancers and two media and society students in a pandemic, masked, indoors and outdoors, in snow, on Seneca Lake piers, with green screens, on the streets of Geneva, and on stage, in 12-foot squares in Deming Theater, to create six new, short films.

Junior Senior Choreographers Concert 2021

Tue, 06 Apr 2021

Jr_Sr DanceHWS Dance Department hosts virtual concert Friday and Saturday. In yet another first in this unprecedented year, several junior and senior Dance majors and minors have created choreography on film…

Fabiano ’97 Uses Dance to Inspire Workplace Success

Thu, 25 Feb 2021

Sharna Fabiano DUSharna Fabiano ’97 combines her experience as a tango dancer and life coach to explore teamwork in the workplace in her new book, Lead & Follow: The Dance of Inspired…

More Dance News

Spotlight: Recent Grad

Recent Grad

Alexandra Welych-Miller '15

Current Position: School-Based Clinician, Rutland Mental Health Services

Current Location: Boston, Mass.

Majors: Psychology and Dance

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Sample Courses

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Dance Composition II
This course explores further the art and craft of making dances with a focus on group choreography. Composition II covers such aspects of choreography as developing a unique movement vocabulary, group compositions, site-specific work, and choreographic process and documentation. Collaborations with musicians, actors, poets, and visual artists are encouraged.