Students can either major, pursuing a B.A. or B.F.A. degree, or minor in dance.
It is also possible for students to simply take a single course in the department. Courses are available in ballet, jazz, and modern dance techniques from elementary through advanced levels. These courses expose students to the joy and power of movement, as well as the discipline of dance.
Students develop both physical and spatial awareness and increased flexibility and coordination. Students also gain a greater understanding and appreciation of the art form, making them more well-informed patrons of the art form.
Dance technique courses in ballet, jazz, and modern dance are taught by Pamela Risenhoover and an impressive array of guest teachers brought to the College through the Helen McGehee Visiting Artist Program.
Throughout the academic year students study with guest instructors, choreographers, and dancers from the professional world of dance. Dance technique courses have live musical accompaniment.
The department also offers courses in anatomy, dance history, Pilates, dance composition, and repertory.
Dance composition courses expose students to the art and craft of choreography. Students interested in performance take courses in repertory. These classes stress the demands and artistry of dance performance while exposing students to the work of many choreographers of note, including: Anton Dolin, Martha Graham, Jose Limon, Marius Petipa, Pilobolus, Paul Taylor, and many others. In addition, the department offers certification in dance education.