There are a variety of dance and dance performance opportunities available in the bi-college community. Some are offered through the Dance Program and students can take these courses for credit or can elect to participate on a non-credit basis. Other opportunities are provided through student run groups as extra-curricular activities:
are offered in Modern, Ballet, Jazz, African, and Hip-hop and are open to students by audition at the beginning of each semester in which any of the ensembles are offered. Student dancers perform works created by dance faculty or guest choreographers, or in reconstructions from historic and contemporary repertories. All of the danceworks are performed in the annual Spring Dance Concert and most Ensembles are offered for academic or Physical Education credit.
In addition to works created by Bryn Mawr dance faculty Linda Caruso Haviland and Madeline Cantor, guest artist choreographers in the last several years have included Philadelphia or NYC-base choreographers: Vicky Shick, Melanie Cotton, Olive Prince, Meredith Rainey, Shannon Murphy, Nia Eubanks-Dixon, Kyle and Dinita Clark, Meg Foley, Nora Gibson, Megan Mazarick, Myra Bazell, Heidi Cruz-Austin, Clyde Evans jr., Gabrielle Revlock, Jorge Laico, Michelle Stortz, Crystal Frazier, Nichole Canuso, Jeannine Osayande, Amanda Miller, Kun-Yang Lin, and Israeli-based artist, Idan Porges. In addition, students danced in official reconstructions of José Limón's Waldstein Sonata and Psalm as well as Martha Graham's Steps in the Street, and in both the Parsons Etude and the Buraczeski Etude throught the Repertory Etude Collection.
Dance Outreach Project
is a community focused project, under the guidance of Associate Director, Madeline Cantor, that visits 1500 to 2000 children every year in Philadelphia area schools, with a program of original choreography supported by commissioned music and costuming. Students must have some prior experience in Dance. Students can receive academic or Physical Education credit for participation.
is a student group that provides more choreographic and performance experience for serious-minded dancers. Working with a Dance Program faculty mentor, a student director choreographs or invites other choreographers to join her in producing an evening length performance.
is a semester long tutorial in which a student, under the
guidance of a faculty mentor, develops a work of more significant length using selected students as dancers in the work. Advanced choreography works are supported in studio performances or the Spring Dance Concert.
In addition to Dance Program sponsored, credit -earning opportunities, there are several danced-based, extra-curricular student groups that are also active on campus. These presently include groups such as the Mayuri Dance Team, a South Asian fusion dance team; Pulso Latino, a Bryn Mawr-based, tri-co dance troupe dedicated to the dances of Latin culture; Scottish Country Dance; Rince Na Mawr, the Irish dance group, and additional groups at Haverford and Swarthmore. The Dance Program provides support for rehearsal and performance spaces but these groups are entirely under the directorship of student organizations. For more information, go to the SGA activities page and check under the 'Music and Performing Arts' or the 'Special Interests' headings for information on groups that are currently active. Active groups include:
Mayuri Dance Team
The Fall Student Concert
is produced by students and performed each Fall at Haverford