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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 knowledge:

  • Physical Skill (movement range, flexibility, strength, endurance, speed, core integration, memory).
  • Physical Self-Knowledge (a body/mind relationship that promotes life-long health and well being).
  • Movement Literacy (visual recognition and familiarity with movement principles and vocabulary).
  • 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 and consequence).
  • 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 modes.
  • 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 engagement).
  • 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 globe)