The curriculum of the Dance department is designed to be a basis for graduate study or careers in the areas of choreography, performance, teaching, dance administration and movement science.
The dance major has three tracks to choose from: a traditional, disciplinary performance-based focus, an interdisciplinary dance studies concentration, or an individually designed major. The dance major and minor may be either disciplinary or interdisciplinary, depending on the courses selected.
If you'd like to view a full listing of our course options in Dance or any other subject, please visit the Online Course Catalogue.
disciplinary, 12 courses
DAN 200 or DAN 250; DAN 225; DAN 300; DAN 325 or DAN 305; DAN 210 or 212; DAN 460; two full-credit dance technique (DAN) courses at the intermediate or advanced level; a dance ensemble course (DAN 140); and three dance electives in consultation with the adviser, two of which must be at the 200-level or higher.
interdisciplinary, 12 courses
Major in DANCE EDUCATION
Two courses from among DAN 225, DAN 305, and DAN 325; either DAN 200, DAN 250, or DAN 300; either DAN 210, 212, or 214; Dance Education Seminar DAN 432; Capstone DAN 460; two full-credit dance technique (DAN) courses at the intermediate or advanced level; one dance elective (not 900 series); and three electives drawn from Arts Education, Education, and/or Psychology approved by the major adviser.
Major in Dance: MOVEMENT STUDIES
Required courses: DAN 225, DAN 305, and DAN 325; two full-credit dance technique (DAN) courses at the intermediate or advanced level; two DAN electives, one at the 200-level or higher (not 900 series); Capstone DAN 460 (or DAN 450 or 499); one Human Behavioral/Developmental elective; and three electives outside the Department chosen in consultation with the adviser.
Major in Dance: THEORY AND PERFORMANCE STUDIES
DAN 105; Dance History DAN 210, or 212, or 214; Movement Studies DAN 225, DAN 305, or DAN 325; two full-credit dance technique (DAN) courses at the intermediate or advanced level; two DAN electives at the 200-level or higher; Capstone DAN 460; and four courses outside the Department chosen in consultation with the adviser.
disciplinary, 7 courses
DAN 105; DAN 210 or 212; either DAN 200, 250 or 300; either DAN 225, 305 or 325; two full-credit (DAN) dance technique courses at the intermediate or advanced level; and one additional full-credit (not 900 series) dance course.
interdisciplinary, 7 courses
DAN 105, DAN 210 or 212; DAN 225, 305, or 325; two full-credit dance technique (DAN) courses, at least one at an intermediate or advanced level; and two courses outside the department approved by the adviser.
Our students choose from a variety of introductory and advanced courses, each designed to provide students with a solid foundation in the technical, theoretical and historical aspects of dance. Beginning to advanced technique courses are offered in Modern, Ballet and Jazz.
Below, you'll find a sampling of some of our most popular classes, as well as suggestions for making Dance a part of your larger interdisciplinary experience at Hobart and William Smith Colleges.
Learn advanced technique and technical execution with emphasis on integrating dynamic placement, musical phrasing and complex turns, jumps and balances. Then discover the communicative relationship between the mind and body, which allows us to perform specific functions in PEC 152, Mind/Body/Performance.
Explore the art and craft of making dances with a focus on group choreography and aspects such as devloping a unique movement vocabulary, group compositions, site-specific work and choreographic process and documentation. Further develop your composition skills by enrolling in WRRH 100 Writer's Seminar and refine the expression of your own ideas, positions and interpretations.
Learn the practices and principles of teaching dance while you explore the specific concerns of the dance classroom such as injury prevention, the use of imagery and composition of movement material, as well as formation of curriculum and lesson plans. Since you're interested in teaching, why not enroll in EDUC 083-07, Teaching the Arts, and examine the artistic development of students from the preschool age through high school and discover methods for teaching the arts at all grade levels.