About

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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.

Mission

Our mission supports the development of student artists/scholars who are informed citizens and responsible agents of 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.

Plan a Visit

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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!

What's Happening

Performances

Move. Moved. Moving.

The Department of Dance presents a spring dance concert “Move Moved Moving” featuring works by Visiting Artist Molly Shanahan ’90 and Sandra Mathern.

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