We believe that vital dance artists and scholars develop from independent thinkers who are committed to cultivating their personal aesthetic and artistic focus, and who resourcefully engage in original research and commit to the construction of knowledge.
Plan a Visit
If you are planning a trip to Denison, please fill out and submit this form, and we will contact you.
Students interested in dance should plan to spend some time in the Doane Dance Building. We can customize your visit based on your interests and dance level. Your visit to us could include:
- Meetings with faculty, dance fellows, dance majors and students
- Participation in and/or observation of classes and rehearsals (bring comfortable dance clothing)
- A building tour, or attendance at a dance concert, guest artist's master class or other special event (see dates on Performance tab, but not all events are listed so be sure to contact us before you visit)
We look forward to meeting you and your family. Give us a call and come visit!
Our mission supports the development of student artists/scholars who are informed citizens and responsible agents of positive change in a world where the moving arts are essential. Exposing students to a wide breadth of cutting edge and experimental dance practices from diverse cultures and perspectives from around the world is embedded in our curriculum and ideology. The focus of our movement practices intentionally centralizes Modern/Postmodern Dance and African/African-Diasporan forms, shifting the paradigm of dance education away from a ballet-centered model. The integration of embodied practices with scholarly inquiry is integral to our mission.
Writing within the Major
Both dance scholars and dance artists come to better understand their ideas and those of others through writing. We focus our teaching of writing on experiential and conceptual ideas prompted by, and about, the body, to generate precise description and sophisticated analysis. Our aim is to hone students’ observation and reflection skills, and ability to document these intelligently and concisely through writing.
Student Learning Goals
- Broaden perspectives through risk taking, embracing ambiguity, and exposure to a range of choreography and performance.
- Synthesize knowledge and generate new, independent and original theoretical and creative projects.
- Demonstrate multifaceted practical, analytical, and reflexive understanding of languages, history, and the cultural significance of dance’s various bodily-kinesthetic forms.
- Employ various methods for describing, discerning, analyzing, labeling, and categorizing human movement.
- Be proficient movers in a combination of aspects of embodied movement practices, at the intermediate level, at a minimum.
- Demonstrate a fluency in disciplinary vocabularies both orally and written that is evident across coursework and utilized within the body of student’s senior research.
- Use basic 21st century technology including digital equipment and software applications in order to access and document artwork, and to use it appropriately to market or create within those media.