Dance

Aesthetic principles. Physical practices. The journey from studio to stage. Dance is an exploration of how the body speaks; how cultural and historical traditions shape the language of expression; and how choreography is inspired and developed.

Dance at Mount Holyoke offers a comprehensive curriculum emphasizing technical training, creative experimentation, and critical/theoretical understanding. The department is renowned for extensive studio offerings in ballet technique, modern technique, and repertory/performance, as well as its regular offerings in West African Dance, musical theater, tap, jazz, contact improvisation, and other forms. Theory courses range from scientific foundations of dance to studies in dance history to choreography and dance aesthetics. The department's classes are augmented by the more than 100 theory and studio courses offered annually through the Five College Dance Department.

Both majors and minors have opportunities to train with guest artists, as well as to develop and perform new work. Each academic year concludes with a showcase performance featuring both students and faculty.

Ranjanaa Devi's Indian Classical piece  "Thom Theyi" 2011
Ranjanaa Devi's Indian Classical piece "Thom Theyi" 2011
Faculty Rose Flachs's Ballet- "Tacit Affinity" 2011
Faculty Rose Flachs's Ballet- "Tacit Affinity" 2011
Christiana Axelson, alumna
Christiana Axelson, alumna
Sophia Weeks student 2012
Sophia Weeks student 2012
Zoe Henrot's Ballet "Becoming Undone" 2012
Zoe Henrot's Ballet "Becoming Undone" 2012
Zoe Henrot, student 2012
Zoe Henrot, student 2012
Nina Joly, student 2011
Nina Joly, student 2011
Lisa DeBassio, student 2012
Lisa DeBassio, student 2012
Banu Ogan, restaging Cunningham's MinEvent on Five College Dancers  2011
Banu Ogan, restaging Cunningham's MinEvent on Five College Dancers 2011
Master Class with Andrea Miller of Gallim Dance Company 2011
Master Class with Andrea Miller of Gallim Dance Company 2011
Jess Chang, student 2011
Jess Chang, student 2011
Marilyn Sylla - West African Dance faculty
Marilyn Sylla - West African Dance faculty