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, 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 (technique or repertory), three levels of Modern, two levels of Jazz, African dance forms, Movement Improvisation, Tap, popular and social forms such as salsa or hip-hop. Ballet III offers an optional pointe barre, at the discretion of the instructor, 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 Rhythm and Style (intro to Flamenco and Tap) and The Gesture of Dance (intro to Classical Indian and Polynesian Hula). 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 25, intermediate and advanced levels generally enroll 8-15 students per course. Advanced and intermediate classes are 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.
Students can continue to take any courses at their level of competence without pursuing a major or minor. Students may audit classes at their level of competence when thy no longer need either PE or academic credit in dance. We 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.
All technique and ensemble courses can be taken for PE credit (1 credit per half semester) or students can elect to take intermediate and advanced technique courses for academic credit (.5 academic credit for a full semester). 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 (Bryn Mawr, Haverford, or Swarthmore) can register for technique for academic credit on BIONIC during the registration period, and can register for PE credit on BIONIC during the first week of each semester.
Students can elect to document their participation in dance in a number of ways.
- to fulfill their PE requirement
-to fulfill an Approaches to Inquiry requirement
-as a minor (6 courses: 3 required, 3 electives)
-as a major in dance or performance or a double major in dance and another academic major. Our double majors have included: Dance/Psychology; Dance/Anthropology, Dance/Mathematics, Dance/Physics; Dance/History and others.