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Opportunities for Experience

For dancers, experience is vital.

Senior dance majors focusing on composition get to prepare and perform a significant choreographic work. Those concentrating on technique and performance undertake supervised practice teaching.

Helen McGehee Visiting Artist Program

The Visiting Artist Program, founded in 1971 by Helen McGehee ’42, enables students to use the works of affiliated major dance companies, top studios, university programs, and conservatories.

The program also allows students to study with accomplished professional dancers, educators, and choreographers in all forms of dance. McGehee herself was a leading dancer with the Martha Graham Dance Company for more than 30 years and remains an inspiration to our dance majors.

Recent artists on campus have danced for:

  • The Martha Graham Dance Company
  • The Jose Limon Dance Company
  • The Paul Taylor Dance Company
  • The North Carolina Dance Theatre
  • The Houston Ballet
  • The Metropolitan Opera Ballet
  • The Cincinnati Ballet
  • Ballet Chicago
  • Alvin Ailey’s American Dance Theatre

Fall and Spring Dance Concerts

The department produces two major dance concerts per academic year in the fall and the spring. The performance showcases individual and ensemble pieces choreographed by students, faculty and visiting artists.


Internships are another great way to gain experience. Students and recent alumnae have received competitive internships at

  • the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts,
  • Chicago Lyric Opera,
  • the Spoleto Festival,
  • Lynchburg Fine Arts Center,
  • the Juilliard School and
  • the American Dance Festival.
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