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Learning Goals

Consistent with its liberal arts mission, the Dance Program offers a rich set of eight foundational courses required of all Dance majors. Beyond these shared foundational courses, students take additional courses specific to one of three tracks: Choreography and Performance, Production and Technology, and Theory and Aesthetics. Our majors are expected to have a scholarly and embodied perspective of their studies regardless of track. In addition, all of our graduating students are expected to:

  • attain an intermediate/advanced level of proficiency in contemporary dance techniques;
  • cultivate the craft and imagination to choreograph and produce successful, original, contemporary dance works;
  • gain experience in the theatrical possibilities of lighting design and digital video;
  • achieve a perspective on creative processes across the arts;
  • acquire a broad understanding of historical and cultural values expressed through dance;
  • understand anatomy and kinesiology in the context of culture and the environment;
  • demonstrate the ability to pursue scholarly research and presentation;
  • develop the ability to articulate, to those familiar and unfamiliar with the field, the interdisciplinary aspects of dance and the potential for dance to both reflect and impact culture;
  • successfully complete an original, independent senior performance project or written thesis that demonstrates the emergence of their own artistic/scholarly voice.


Program in Dance

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