Denison’s Dance program is unique

  1. We situate dance squarely in the liberal arts! Our program explores diverse dance styles from Hip Hop to Contemporary to Ballet, Salsa, Jazz Dance, Dance Film, Stretch, Strength & Dance and more. Our classes help students become innovative dancers and thought leaders. We draw connections with Global Health, Psychology, Anthropology, Black Studies, Global Commerce, Latin American and Caribbean Studies, among others. We provide a liberal arts experience that benefits all students, helping to launch versatile and adept creative professionals.
  2. We blend artistic practice with arts leadership skills. Studying dance at Denison will help you to realize your artistic voice as a dancer and choreographer. You’ll also become competent at project management and administration, research, collaboration, and community engagement.
  3. We value interdisciplinary connections. We support students who want to double-major or minor in dance. We are interested in how dance intersects with other disciplines–whether that’s Biology or Theater, or Anthropology or English.
  4. We provide many performance and career preparation experiences. In the Michael D. Eisner Center for Performing Arts, students practice and perform in a world-class space and work with world-class dance professors and acclaimed guest artists. The Eisner Center’s natural light Thorsen Dance Studio invites dancers to work on their craft in a calm environment with a sprung-floor system and radiant floor heating that help prevent injuries. And the Sharon Martin Hall provides a beautiful large performance space.

Our Curriculum

The Dance department’s three-pronged curriculum integrates “Movement Practice,” “Dance Studies,” and “Professional/Advanced Studies”, to help students discover their artistic voices and strengthen professional skills.

All students are immersed in learning the skills of arts leadership, creative process and collaboration. Specializations such as Artistry and Performance and Dance and Wellness can be pursued as well.

  • “Movement Practice” courses engage students in dance technique and performance as they learn and apply physical skills critical to dance making and body conditioning. These classes include: Contemporary Dance, Ballet, Hip Hop, Salsa, Dance is Art, African Diaspora Dance, Denison Dance Company and more.
    • The class Denison Dance Company was established for Dance majors and minors to fine tune their skills in dance performance, work with professional choreographers, and learn about production. Students can become members of this dance company and perform throughout the year.
  • “Dance Studies” courses can emphasize dance technique along with relevant cultural and/or scientific context of diverse dance forms. Classes include: Dance & Global Health, Somatics, Dance Film, Global Hip Hop, Black Dance & Popular Culture and more.
  • “Professional/Advanced Studies” courses deepen and integrate student learning with more advanced classes, internships, mentorships, and through independent research. In these classes, students become more seasoned dance artists on the stage. They learn to put theory in practice, produce performances, engage choreographic leadership, carry out research and arts administration.

Outside the Classroom

Students can take advantage of attending the national festivals and intensives such as Ohio Dance Festival, Columbus Dance Theatre, Cincinnati Ballet Intensive and national events such as American Dance Festival and Bates Dance Festival. There are international dance study opportunities in places such as England, Argentina, Senegal, Ghana, Sri Lanka, New Zealand, Spain and morel.

What do dance majors do after Denison?

Career pathways that Dance graduates take demonstrate the versatility of the degree. Dance is an interdisciplinary powerhouse, hence, the opportunities are diverse and cut across job markets. What one learns in dance can be applied into professions in public health, business, art leadership, education, non-profit organizations, film and more.

Dance is a performing arts, a science and cultural study. Hence students can establish a career as a choreographer, dancer, dance educator, arts administrator, creative producer, entrepreneur, physical therapist, dance health researcher, film maker, and more.