Dance Performance and Research

Dance at Mount Holyoke 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.

The dance department presents numerous performances, lectures, panel discussions and master classes throughout each semester. Our event list describe these activities in detail.

Christiana Axelsen
Christiana Axelsen '03: I was encouraged and challenged to pursue those things that I am truly passionate about with rigor and discipline.
Knowledgeable teachers of the Vaganova method of classical ballet are dedicated to contributing to the development of quality ballet training.
Image of Mount Holyoke dancers
Margaret Wiss ’16 made her choreographic debut at the Biomorphic Dance Festival in NYC.
Students dance in Terese Freedman and Jim Coleman’s dance, Falling
Working collaboratively as choreographers, Coleman and Freedman have received choreographic commissions from many companies and colleges.
Dancer Spotlight Zoé Emilie Henrot
Zoé Emilie Henrot '12: one of my favorite aspects of SPCB is the fact the Company artists have a voice in every aspect of each performance.
Image of Paul Matteson dancing.
It is structured as a series of encounters that, according to Jowitt, “blasts open any of the usual images” conjured by the title.