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.

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Poorna Swami: I am a writer and avid reader of poetry, which is a series of 'movement odes,' emerges from my fascination with language and movement.
Knowledgeable teachers of the Vaganova method of classical ballet are dedicated to contributing to the development of quality ballet training.
The Hip-Hop Nutcracker
Directed by Jennifer Weber: This production re-imagines Tchaikovsky’s classic score through explosive hip hop choreography.
Kaitlin McCarthy '09
Kaitlin McCarthy '09: As a writer and dancer, I look for the values expressed within the dance, and evaluate how well the piece fulfilled those values.
National Dance Institute works with dance students
Invited as part of the LYNK initiative, MHC Alumna Calia Marshall shows students how to engage with dancers of all skill levels in the art form
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Margaret Wiss ’16 made her choreographic debut at the Biomorphic Dance Festival in NYC.