Many students come to Bryn Mawr with studio and performance experience and we are committed and prepared to fully support their continued growth in dance as an art and an area of creative impulse, but we are equally interested in providing a solid and engaging introduction to dance for those who have had less or no experience.
Each year we offer: three levels of Ballet, Ballet Workshop, three levels of Modern, two levels of Jazz, African dance forms, Movement Improvisation, Tap, popular and social forms such as salsa or hip-hop, conditioning--typically Pilates mat work. Ballet III offers an optional pointe barre following class and students with prior training can discuss with their instructor the possibility of also taking barre/centre en pointe in either Ballet II or III. We also offer, on a rotating basis, courses in Classical Indian Dance (at present, Bharata Natyam) and Flamenco. Students at Bryn Mawr and Haverford can also take advantage of classes at our consortium colleague, Swarthmore, and there is some tuition support for dancers at the advanced level to take additional classes in nearby studios or in Philadelphia.
Introductory or open courses can have an enrollment ranging from 10 to 30 depending on the studio location and the nature of the course. Intermediate and Advanced levels generally enroll 8-18 students per course. Advanced and intermediate classes are generally offered twice a week for an hour and a half. Students can select classes from the slate of courses at their level to create a schedule that meets their needs and accommodates their academic studies and can continue to take courses at all levels without pursuing a major or minor.
All technique and ensemble courses can be taken for PE credit (1 credit per half semester) or students can elect to take most intermediate and advanced technique courses for academic credit (.5 academic credit for a full semester). If there is room in the course, students can get permission to audit. We generally advise first semester frosh to wait until second semester of their first year to enroll in technique for academic credit. NOTE: Tri-college students can register for technique for academic credit at academic registration. Bryn Mawr students can register for PE credit on VRO during the first week of each semester. Haverford and Swarthmore students who want PE credit or wish to audit need to show up at the first class.
Students can elect to document their participation in dance in a number of ways. Some students will take dance courses to fulfill their PE requirement and a course to fulfill one of their humanities divisional requirements and audit courses for the remainder of their study at Bryn Mawr or Haverford. Some will choose to minor (6 courses: 3 required, 3 electives) and some will choose to major in dance or performance or to double major. Our double majors have included: Dance/Psychology; Dance/Anthropology, Dance/Mathematics, and others. The important thing is that we work to encourage and support your participation at the level and intensity that is most appropriate for your experience and interest during any given semester and over your four years at Bryn Mawr.
NEW COURSE FOR BEGINNING DANCERS!! "INTRODUCTION TO
DANCE TECHNIQUES" Students
can now receive academic
credit for introductory level
dance classes. . .