What is your main interest and passion in the field of dance?  Do you want to perform with a ballet or modern dance company?  Perhaps you want to choreograph?  Do you want to become a dance teacher, a movement therapist, a physical therapist, or a doctor?  Maybe you are interested in the administrative side of the field or engage with history and criticism and would like to write about dance?  Goucher College's Dance Department offers a rigorous and comprehensive B.A. major as well as a minor in dance.  Students complete core courses and have opportunity to select courses that support their personal interests and goals as they build their own path of study.  Our major provides studio, performance, real world, and academic experiences to help students understand the art form and develop their own artistic voices.  

Goucher offers studio curricula in classical ballet and modern dance, augmented by courses in jazz and African dance. Formal and informal studio performances give students opportunities to choreograph and perform throughout the year. In addition to daily technique classes taught by dance department faculty, Goucher's guest artists-in-residence program has allowed students to work with distinguished artists, teachers, and choreographers such as William Whitener, Robert Weiss, Michael Vernon, Rachel Berman, Thaddeus Davis, Roger C. Jeffrey, Heidi Henderson, Dermot Burke, Jessica Lang, and Jennifer Archibald.

The Dance Department offers theory courses exploring dance from choreographic, aesthetic, historical, anatomical, cultural, analytical, educational, and therapeutic perspectives. Through Goucher's dance curriculum, students learn to observe, analyze, document, synthesize, and integrate both theoretical and applied knowledge to become leaders in the multifaceted world of dance.

Department Chair
Amanda Thom Woodson | awoodson@goucher.edu


Majors, Minors & Programs of Study

  • Dance Major
    • Performance Track
    • Education Track
    • Choreography Track
    • Dance History and Criticism Track
    • Dance Therapy Track
    • Dance Administration Track
    • Dance Science Track
    • Dance and Theater Track
  • Dance Minor

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