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.

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 about 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

Davenport Creates Art Installation featuring Farrow ’23 and Hyman ’23

Fri, 20 Nov 2020

Can We LiveWith artist and educator Athesia Benjamin, Professor of Dance Donna Davenport co-created a pop-up art and movement installation as part of The Reckoning, a series of events designed to encourage…

Davenport Explores Future of Dance Education

Wed, 12 Aug 2020

DavenportThis month, Professor of Dance Donna Davenport joined her colleagues in a National Dance Education Organization panel to discuss the status of NDEO’s vision for the future of dance in higher…

Recent Grads Join AmeriCorps as Conflict Resolution Specialists

Thu, 09 Jul 2020

Sherwood and CottrelCatherine Sherwood ’20 and Alexander Cottrell ’20 have joined AmeriCorps’ Community Mediation Services Corps (CMSC) as conflict resolution specialists through the Center for Dispute Settlement. In their new roles, they…

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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.