For Prospective Students
Do I need to audition? Should I include an arts supplement with my application?
Can I take a tour of Bryn Mawr?
Can I observe/participate in a dance class?
Can I take dance courses even if I don't major in dance?
How many dance studios are there?
How big are the dance classes?
What kind of dance courses does Bryn Mawr offer?
Is there live accompaniment for dance classes?
How many dance majors or minors are there?
How many faculty members are there?
Are there performance opportunities?
Does Bryn Mawr provide career counseling?
What do dance majors do when they graduate?
What about the summer?
Answers for Prospective Students
Auditions are not required for admission to the college.
We encourage prospective students with prior training to submit arts supplements for consideration via the Common Application Portfolio (SlideRoom). Video of four to five minutes of dancing is sufficient, and should include a clear indication of who the prospective student is in the video (e.g., "I'm the dancer in brown who enters second from stage left"). Prospective students with a fair amount of training should also include a dance resume or short paragraph describing training and experience.
To take a tour of the College, contact the Admissions Office. At the time of scheduling, indicate to Admissions the desire to meet with the Dance Program and/or see the dance studio, watch a class, or take a class.
You are welcome to attend or observe a dance class. Call or email the program to check out the schedule of classes. Someone in the Dance Program or the tour guide will bring you to the dance studio.
Yes. Students can take any courses that are appropriate for their interest, schedule, and skill level or experience, including complete beginners through pre-professional students. It does not matter whether students are dance majors or minors; classes are open to all, even after requirements have been fulfilled.
See Dance Spaces.
Beginning level classes such as Beginning Ballet and Beginning Modern are capped at 25; intermediate and advanced levels usually range from eight to 18. Open level classes such as Hip-hop or Flamenco range between 25 and 30 depending on the studio space. Ensembles and Outreach are by audition or invitation and can range from four to 15 depending on the choreographer’s intention.
Ballet, modern, and African classes have live musicians; Flamenco and Classical Indian classes have recorded music but usually have a class or two with live music; Jazz and the social forms use recorded music.
Minors: There are usually three to eight students who minor in Dance each year, with majors that range from Chemistry to English.
Majors: Typically there are two to four majors in the program in any year. The major is directed through the Independent Major program to which a student submits a plan of study for approval. There are both single majors in Dance and double majors (e.g., a double major in Dance and Anthropology or Dance and Physics).
In a typical year there are about 20 faculty teaching courses in dance. At core are Director Linda Caruso Haviland and Associate Director Madeline Cantor, with adjuncts who have an ongoing relationship with the program. Other adjuncts are new to the area and present exciting teaching or choreographic possibilities; some are guest choreographers who are brought in for a semester to work with students.
The Dance Program gives advice and counseling to dance-interested students on internships, summer programs, and post-graduation possibilities. See also the Career Planning office.
Some students go on to dance professionally; to teach dance in a variety of settings ranging from professional schools to community centers; to teach at the college or university level; to become dance critics; to become dance therapists; to become arts management personnel; to research and write about dance. Other students retain their life-long interest in dance but go on to become doctors, lawyers, anthropologists, market analysts, writers, editors, English professors, etc.
See Support for Summer Study. (Bryn Mawr does not offer Dance courses during the summer.)