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.
Seep Sleep
Kinsun Chan explains how he strives to give students the experience of dancing with a real dance company
Merli Guerra '09
Merli V. Guerra '09: taking Beginning Classical Indian Dance led to me touring the world with Devi’s company and the Deborah Abel Dance Company.
Pilobolus Rehearsal
Matt Del Rosario from Pilobolus Dance Theater rehearsing FCDD students in the high energy work "Megawatt" for the Faculty Concert in November
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.
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.