Why Study Dance?
Dance offers a unique partnership between the body, mind and its
aesthetic expression. It invites collaboration and social
interaction. It engages in an inherently interdisciplinary process
and partners with the fields of anatomy, kinesiology, sports
medicine, somatics, music, drama, visual arts and aesthetics. Dance
permeates the fields of arts education, creative arts therapies, art
history and criticism, cultural anthropology, sociology, arts
business, commerce and administration.
Dance exposes students to physical, creative and aesthetic concerns
that challenge and expand creative and intellectual vision. At all
levels of study, dance embraces the following areas of skill and
- Physical Skill (movement range,
flexibility, strength, endurance, speed, core
- Physical Self-Knowledge (a
body/mind relationship that promotes life-long
health and well being).
- Movement Literacy (visual
recognition and familiarity with movement principles
- Creative Problem-Solving Skills
(an ability to translate ideas into tangible actions
and physical solutions).
- Self-Directed Learning
(independent identification, discernment and
application of movement choices and their meaning
- Critical Thinking (ability to
discern appropriate application of movement choices
and principles in the execution of individual and
group movement situations and projects).
- Reflective Creative/Research Practice
(critical thinking employed in research and creative
- Inter-Personal Skills (moving
in relationship to another individual either in
harmony or in counterpoint, in close proximity or in
specific spatial relationship, involves being able
to negotiate personal and cultural non-verbal
similarities and differences via one to one
- Collaborative Skills
(negotiation, experimentation, translation and
transformation of ideas as a member of a group)
- An Ability to Assume a Leadership Role
(using inter-disciplinary skills and creative
thinking in the conception and execution of a
movement idea as realized by a group of people).
- Inter-Disciplinary Awareness
(recognition and engagement with the fields of
science, arts, social sciences and business).
- Access to the World Cultural Community
(exposure to the scope and variety of dance as an
art form and its numerous manifestations across the