What does Dance mean to you? For some it is a movement form practiced in class or with a master teacher. Some of us learn it in the street or from our families, passed down through generations. Maybe we dance on stage, or at a party or in the kitchen when no one is looking. In all of its many forms, Dance has functioned throughout time and across many cultures as an important and enduring human activity that has explored and expressed human feeling, inquiry and creativity. We invite students to meet dance in the studio, on the stage, in the seminar room, in the community, and wherever else it exists.
Because dance can be so many things to each of us, our program is designed to meet the needs and interests of the diverse student population of both Bryn Mawr and Haverford Colleges. We welcome the newcomer and support the continued progress of those students with prior training.
-a range of movement technique courses at levels appropriate to students' skill and training
-performance/ensemble courses and other opportunities for students to hone their performance skills and to perform for audiences on and off campus
-a sequence of courses in composition and choreography in which students can experience dance as a creative act and, if they choose, to continue to study the art of making dances at more complex and sophisticated levels
-a slate of lecture/seminar courses designed to invite students to learn more about dance and to introduce them to dance as a vital area of inquiry and reseach.
Our professional faculty is drawn from Philadelphia-based, national, and international companies. Many are also recipients of grants and prestigious choreographic fellowships, and many have undergraduate or graduate degrees in dance or related disciplines. In addition, we bring guest artists and lecturers to campus, sponsor field trips to dance events and performances, and support student initiatives in dance related projects or events.
Although it is never easy to juggle dance classes with an intense academic schedule, we try to provide flexibility within the program so that students can carve out a dance life and a dance schedule that meets their needs and interest in any given semester. Dance courses can count towards fulfilling the PE requirement, or can fulfill part of the divisional academic requirements or, if there is space in a class, you can simply attend as a PE audit because you just love dancing and want to keep doing it beyond any credit needs. Students can also formally document their studies here either through a Dance Minor or through an Independent Major in Dance. Some of our undergraduates do go on in the field of dance - as performers, or in related fields such as ethnology, therapy, or criticism, or as researchers or academics. Others decide that they will choose majors or plan to go on to careers outside of dance but continue to dance at a level that satisfies them while here at Bryn Mawr or Haverford. But, importantly, many of our alumnae have commented on the value that dance had for them as undergraduates and continues to have as they find ways to integrate their interest in dance into their lives beyond the college.
Dance at Bryn Mawr reflects our mission to sustain your development in and cultivate your understanding of dance by enabling and supporting your work at whatever level of engagement is compatible with your talent, prior training, and academic schedule. Bryn Mawr's Dance Program is characterized not just by its challenging courses, enriching opportunities, and excellent faculty, but by its bright, talented, and enthusiastic students as well. Together, we make Bryn Mawr Dance a full and dynamic program.