COVID-19: Essential Information

NEW! January and Spring Course Offerings

Flexibility and innovation are at the heart of the dance program’s curricular planning this year. As we consider our course offerings for January and spring terms, we are prioritizing safety, artistic development and expression, and the benefits of engaging as a community on campus and in the wider world. Exact modalities will be determined and announced in conjunction with the larger College plan, as details become available. We are excited to share our creative work and pedagogy with the following course offerings:

Winter Term 2021

  • The Dance Company of Middlebury directed by Laurel Jenkins (DANC 0380) will create original and innovative performance work in collaboration with guest artists. To apply, submit a one page letter of intent to Laurel Jenkins.

  • Karima Borni’s Writing the Body (DANC 0240) will be offered for college writing credit. In this course we will examine the dialogue between the language of the performing body and the written word. Our goals will be to enhance our understanding of the human body through technical practice, experiential anatomy, and ways of writing that respond to and deconstruct the experience of embodiment.

Spring 2021

While schedules are in development, the program will offer:

  • The Creative Process (ARDV 0116) with Lida Winfield (online)

  • Introduction to Dance (DANC 160) with Karima Borni (lecture online, technique in person)

  • Advanced Beginning Dance (DANC 0260) with Lida Winfield (online, in person outside as weather permits)

  • Improvisational Practice (DANC 0261) with Laurel Jenkins (lecture and technique in person)

  • Intermediate/Advanced Dance (DANC 0360) with Karima Borni (lecture online, technique in person)

  • The Dance Company of Middlebury (DANC 0381) with Laurel Jenkins (in person)



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Through the Department of Theatre and Dance, the Dance Program offers a major or joint major, leading to the Bachelor of Arts degree; a minor, or the opportunity to take courses in dance for academic credit or as an auditor. Many other opportunities to dance arise each semester in guest artists’ master classes and in faculty- and student-choreographed concerts. January Term courses also provide intensive, interdisciplinary or other options to explore or extend your interest in dance.

Central to our Dance Program is the development of the creative artist and artist/scholar through critical study and regular practice in contemporary, world dance techniques; improvisation and choreography; history, theory, and cultural studies; experiential anatomy and kinesiology; and performance. Students are encouraged to follow their individual talents and interests into advanced, independent study of dance within the department and the broader college curriculum. The dance major is designed to provide a solid and extensive base of intellectual and experiential expertise in dance, applicable widely, as well as necessary flexibility to accommodate individual educational goals. Our faculty of four dance professionals, two musician/composers and a lighting designer/technical director is further diversified and extended by a robust calendar of guest artists and performances. In addition, a lively group of student-run clubs and associations responds to current interests in dance/movement.


The Middlebury Dance Program received a major grant from the Mellon Foundation. Starting in fall 2014, "Movement Matters" will connect movement research with traditional scholarship across the campus.

Program in Dance

Mahaney Center for the Arts
72 Porter Field Road
Middlebury College
Middlebury, VT 05753