The Dance Program provides an opportunity for concentrated study in dance within a liberal arts curriculum. The program is grounded in the development of students as articulate movers, thinkers, writers, speakers, and creators of dance, providing a balance between artistic expression, technical proficiency, and scholarly inquiry. Students are instructed by experienced, professional faculty, comprised of seasoned educators and working artists — see 2017 Spring Visiting Artists series with Michel Kouakou and Zoe Scofield.
· To be an integral part of the general education curriculum and liberal arts studies at the university.
· To provide technically sound, varied course offerings in dance.
· To offer courses that develop an understanding of the aesthetic, historical, and kinesiological values of dance.
· To provide a student-centered curriculum, demonstrated in:
o Course instruction
o Performance opportunities
o Support of student initiated activities
o Provision of student leadership opportunities; and
o The promotion of performance as integral to dance education.
· To encourage and develop creative individual expression within each student.
· To provide students with rich experiences in the studio, classroom, and through performance that enhance skill and knowledge of the field.
· To encourage students to reflect critically, communicate effectively, and conduct themselves professionally through the study of dance.