The Dance Program is a division of the Performing Arts Department, which also includes programs in acting, dramatic literature, and technical theater. In both studio and classroom work, the dance curriculum fosters the perception of dance as a global phenomenon with culturally specific and individual differences in expressive form. Dance classes at all levels encourage you to develop your capacity to move and think creatively and to recognize movement as an essential element of one's identity.
Most dance courses accept no more than 20 students, providing each with highly person instruction. You will find the Dance Program to be an inclusive community, supporting a variety of aesthetic approaches. The Dance Program offers a B.A. in Dance and minors in modern dance, ballet, and world music, dance, and theater. Students with significant dance training prior to admission to the university often double-major in dance and some other field in the College of Arts and Sciences. At Washington University you can also double-major across schools: for example, dance and business, fine arts, architecture, or engineering.
Dance majors may emphasize either ballet or modern dance training, but all majors and minors study dance composition. Other studio courses include contact improvisation, jazz, tap, musical theater, Dunham technique, Spanish dance, Argentine tango, bharata natyam, and West African dance. Courses emphasizing somatic training, such as Alexander Technique and Authentic Movement, are also available. Seminars in dance history and ethnology and wide range of electives complement studio work. You may elect courses in applied anatomy, introduction to dance/movement therapy, arts management, dance education, music resources and accompaniment techniques, makeup, costume, or lighting design. Master classes and guest artist residencies supplement instruction by the regular faculty, all of whom have danced professionally.
For more dance groups at Washington University that are sponsored through Student Union, visit http://studentunion.wustl.edu.
Groups include: WU Sauce, WU Swing Dance Club, WU Step, PL4Y, and more!