The dance program emphasizes the study of dance as an independent and collaborative art and as a global phenomenon expressed in a wide variety of contemporary and traditional forms. You may minor in modern dance, ballet, or world music, dance and theatre. Course topics include dance history and ethnology, theory and techniques of modern dance and ballet, composition, improvisation, applied anatomy, music resources, somatic practices, jazz, musical theatre, and world dance forms such as West African and bharata.
Dance program classes and performing opportunities are inclusive and open to all Washington University students. Dances students are typically also majors and minors in a wide variety of other disciplines. Many students find our schedule accommodating, allowing them to make dance a second major/minor.
Please note: The current Minor in Ballet and Minor in Modern Dance will only apply to the classes of 2017 and 2018. Starting with the Class of 2019 (current sophomores) or Class of 2020 (current first years), the Minor in the Dance Department will no longer be split into a Ballet Minor or a Modern Dance Minor. Instead, there will be one Minor in Dance. Students will still have the option to concentrate their physical practice in a specific dance technique.