Choreographing the Science of Dance

Brittany Dickey ’10 merges her interests in biology and dance into a double major.

Brittany Dickey '10 “You just move and it feels so good. Even if you are doing it wrong, or off the music, or your toes hurt, or the choreographer is yelling at you, it really doesn’t matter. You’re dancing.”
— Brittany Dickey ’10

“Even when you are tired and exhausted and having a bad day, you can walk into the dance studio, and it all goes away,” said Brittany Dickey ’10. “You just move and it feels so good. Even if you are doing it wrong, or off the music, or your toes hurt, or the choreographer is yelling at you, it really doesn’t matter. You’re dancing.”

Dickey has danced since she could remember, including a stint at a professional dance company during high school.

“My parents put me in gymnastics when I was little,” she said with a smile. “But then I noticed that tutus were pink, and it’s been dance ever since.”

Like many dancers at Randolph College, she found a way to merge two interests into a double major.

“A lot of my science interest stemmed from dance,” said Dickey, who is majoring in biology and dance. “In the professional dance world, the background can be ugly. You see the extreme eating disorders, the fatigue, and the impact on the body. All of that drew me to medicine.”

She plans to pursue a career as a doctor . “I don’t think this school could have done a better job preparing me for med school,” she said. “My bag of tricks is bigger than it would have been at another school. I can tie biology to dance and to other fields. You see life from a different perspective. Life is very job oriented, but at the end of the day, you have to have something that makes life important and interesting. This college helped me figure that out.”

Dickey’s senior piece is based on physiological processes. She spent hours in the lab studying cell movement in order to incorporate that movement into her dance piece. “I’m able to connect my major to every department on campus,” she said. “That’s the beauty of the liberal arts.”

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