Goucher College's Dance Department offers a rigorous and comprehensive B.A. major as well as a minor in dance. The department offers eight tracks of study: performance, dance education, choreography, dance history and criticism, dance therapy, dance administration, dance science, and dance and theater tracks.

Goucher offers studio curricula in classical ballet and modern dance, augmented by courses in musical theatre and jazz. 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
Elizabeth Lowe Ahearn


Ashley Daigle
Ashley Daigle
“I don’t think I ever would have visited Asia if I hadn’t come to Goucher. Now I want to go back. … I know if I went to any other school I wouldn’t even have thought about studying abroad, but here it’s a requirement.”