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Answers to the most-asked questions about the Dance Department: There are five full-time faculty in Dance. The Dance Department is housed within the new Gearan Center for the Performing Arts. We have a state-of-the-art Dance Studio/Theatre, two additional dance studios, a somatics studio, dance seminar classroom, dance lounge, costume suite, and a dance archive space.
  • There are disciplinary and interdisciplinary dance majors and a disciplinary dance minor, yet there is no pressure to major or minor in dance. Many trained and talented dancers double-major or decide to major in other disciplines, and they continue to be an integral part of the dance program.
  • There is no audition to be admitted to the dance program. Any student is allowed to register for a dance course (studio or theory) in the Dance Department and will be guided to register for the technique course that suits her/his ability.
  • There is an audition for the Arts Scholarship in Dance. The Arts Scholars Program provides a merit scholarship that lasts four years if the dancer participates in the arts during her/his four years in college.
  • Because the dance program is small (100 students per semester, 25 majors and minors), first-year students can be active and involved right away. All dancers are encouraged to audition for dance concerts and to contribute to student productions.
  • Dancers interested in choreography and performance have opportunities to rehearse for performances all year long. There are opportunities to work with other students through Koshare, Junior/Senior Concert, guest artist choreographers, and faculty-directed dance ensembles.
  • The Dance Department offers classes in modern, ballet/pointe, jazz, tap, and global dance forms. Guest artists are brought to campus each year for master classes and performances.
  • Some of our dance majors and minors go on to graduate school to pursue dance-related professions; some move to NYC to live the life of a dancer; and others apply their dance education to fields such as non-profit development, elementary education, public health, special education, or fashion design.


Prospective students contact: Associate Professor of Dance Michelle E. Iklé
E-mail: mikle@hws.edu
Phone: 315-781-3575