About The Program
Welcome to Dance
You have many opportunities to dance at Middlebury. Through the Dance Program in the Department of Theatre and Dance, you can major, joint major, minor, or simply take courses in dance. Auditors are welcome on a space-available basis in all technique sections of our core courses and many more co-curricular classes are offered as well. We emphasize contemporary approaches to dance/movement techniques, composition, performance, and general dance studies.
Take a Course
DANC 0160 Introduction to Dance is our entry-level dance course—no previous experience required. Many beginners discover a love of dance in DANC 0160 that continues throughout their college years. Some professional careers even start here.
DANC 0160, offered in both fall and spring semesters, presents an overview of the field of dance through training in movement techniques and anatomy, improvisation, composition, history, and writing. The course meets four times a week.
Do you have significant previous dance training? DANC 0260 Advanced Beginning Dance might be a good starting point. Talk with dance faculty for advice if you are not sure which course is best for you.
Dance courses meet four or five times a week, depending on the level. You may audit a full course, attending all class sessions, but without responsibility for written work or other projects. After successful completion this course will appear on your transcript as an "official audit." Consult with the course instructor at the beginning of the semester for advice on this possibility and to agree on terms for completion.
Dance for PE Credit
All students receive PE credit for successfully completing a dance course that includes a separate technique lab. You may also receive PE credit for auditing the technique sections of regular dance courses—two classes per week. Auditing makes you eligible to perform in program-sponsored concerts. Make arrangements with the instructor of the class you would like to take at the beginning of the semester and attend two classes per week, consistently, at a level appropriate to your experience.
Participation at 8 or more classes is required to earn PE credit. Students with significant experience can apply to teach a PE Movement class.
See our current Open Dance and Movement Classes
Audition and Perform
Each fall advanced student choreographers audition dancers for their Fall concert, including the annual Newcomers' Piece, directed by a different faculty member each year. All are welcome to audition. Important: Dancers must be attending a minimum of two approved technique classes consistently each week in order to be eligible to perform in program-sponsored events. Taking class supports your developing artistry, technical range, and skill as a performer as you focus on a particular creative process in rehearsals. The Newcomers' Piece is open to anyone who has not yet performed in a Dance Program-sponsored concert.
Student Dance Groups
Dance is everywhere at Middlebury. Swing, ballroom, ballet, capoeira, hip-hop, Afro-Caribbean, what's your style? Go to the Activities Fair. Dance clubs abound. If you don't find what you're looking for, start your own club. Ask Student Activities Office (SAO) for more information.
Get a Job
Join the Dance Production work study crew that supports student, faculty, and guest artist concerts throughout the year or assist in the Dance Office. Contact Jennifer Ponder for further information about open positions. Open positions will be posted on the Student Employment Office (SEO) Web site.
Attend Lectures, Performances, and Master Classes
A busy schedule of special events, including lectures, demonstrations, performances, workshops, master classes and informal showings is always a part of dance at Middlebury. Check out the Dance Calendar.
The Dance Company of Middlebury
The Dance Company of Middlebury (DCM) is selected each year by audition, and is open to sophomores through seniors and alumni. Each year the company creates a diverse concert of work for formal performance at Middlebury in January and later on tour. First year students are encouraged to get to know the Dance Program by taking classes, auditioning for other performances, and attending as many dance concerts as they can before seeking involvement with DCM in their sophomore year.
Dance during Winter Term
Every January is different! Often introductory dance courses or intensive experiences with visiting artists are offered. Student Activities also sponsors many dance and movement classes during January, taught by students, alumni and guests. If your schedule makes it impossible to dance during fall or spring, or you just can't dance enough, dance in January. The Winter Term catalog comes out in November.