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Dance Technique Courses

Many students come to Bryn Mawr with experience in technique and performance and our classes 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 little or no experience.

Each year we offer: three levels of Ballet, three levels of Modern, two levels of Jazz, African dance forms, Movement Improvisation, Tap and some social dance form such as salsa, hip-hop, or swing. Ballet III offers an optional pointe barre, at the discretion of the instructor.

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. Advanced and intermediate classes are offered twice a week for an hour and a half.

All technique and ensemble courses can be taken for PE credit (1 PE credit per half semester) or students can elect to take intermediate and advanced technique courses or beginning level classes through ARTD 136-139 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. 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 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 participation at the level and intensity that is most appropriate for a students' experience and interest during their four years at Bryn Mawr.