About The Program

Take a Course

Any level 0100 course does not require a prerequisite. Students from all over the campus, at any stage of their collegiate career are welcome to register and investigate their physical body and artistic expression with our faculty of internationally recognized artists. Dance courses meet 3 to 4 times a week with lectures and labs.

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.

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 Department-sponsored concert.

The Dance Company of Middlebury

The Dance Company of Middlebury (DCM) is selected each year by audition, and is open to anyone who has completed DANC 0260. Each year the company creates a diverse concert of work for formal performance at Middlebury in January and later on tour. Some examples of places that we have toured are:

  • Czech Republic
  • Dominican Republic
  • Trinidad, New Orleans
  • Montreal
  • California
  • Arizona

First year students are encouraged to get to know the Dance Department 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.

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.

Participation at 8 or more classes is required to earn PE credit. 

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.

Dance Department

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