ChooseWhy Choose This Program?
Why Study Dance at Goucher?
What is your main interest and passion in the field of dance? Performance? Choreography? Do you want to become a dance teacher, a dance therapist, a physical therapist, or a doctor? Maybe you are interested in the administrative side of the field or wish to engage with history and criticism and would like to write about dance? If so, Goucher College offers a rigorous and comprehensive B.A. major as well as a minor in dance that can be tailored to your needs. Upon the completion of core courses and through faculty mentorship, Goucher students develop independence and the self-initiative to pursue their own areas of interest and select courses that support their personal goals, building their own path of study.
LearnWhat Will You Learn?
What Will You Learn?
Goucher students explore a variety of dance genres including Ballet, Pointe, Modern, and Africanist techniques supported by a broad elective curriculum that allow engagement in areas of academic discourse, generative practice, technology, and career preparation. Unique internships and study abroad opportunities as well as the option to double major and minor in areas outside of dance are supported by a flexible and innovative college curriculum. Additionally, students receive multiple performance opportunities from the first year of their Goucher dance experience. Our guest-artist-in-residence program features five distinguished artists each year who augment an esteemed dance faculty of scholars and working artists.
DoWhat Will You Do?
What Will You Do?
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.
Dance Program Contact
Full-Time & Half-Time Faculty
Elizabeth Ahearn, Professor of Dance
Linda Garofalo, Instructor of Dance: Modern Dance Technique, Choreography, Community Outreach and Civic Engagement
Iyun Harrison, Assistant Professor of Dance
Katherine Morris, Lecturer in Dance
Iquail Shaheed, Assistant Professor of Dance
Rick Southerland, Assistant Professor of Dance
Eddie Stockton, Instructor of Dance
Amanda Woodson, Professor of Dance
Professor Emeritus or Emerita or Emeriti
Chrystelle Bond, Professor Emerita of Dance
Jennifer Blades, Jihan von Hendricks, Mathew Lane, Stephanie Powell, Melissa Stafford, Paul Wegner, Jason Widney, Sara Workeneh
By studying abroad, choosing 3-week intensive courses led by Goucher faculty or semester programs suited to their academic plans, Goucher students gain a global perspective that enhances their course of study. Visit the Office of International Studies website for more information.
Goucher offers several three-week intensive study-abroad courses with an emphasis in dance over either the winter or summer break to places such as Ghana and Scotland. Students may also decide to spend an entire semester abroad. Many students have spent a semester in London, England at University of Roehampton, or Arezzo, Italy at the Accademia dell'Arte program. Others have spent a semester in Ghana.
Opportunities & Internships
Scholarships in the Arts
To recognize, promote, and attract students with creative talent in dance, music, theater, and visual art, Goucher offers two types of arts scholarships, awarded independent of financial need.
For first-year students:
The Fine and Performing Arts Scholarship (FPAS)
The Fine and Performing Arts Scholarship recognizes students planning to major in dance, theatre, music, or the visual arts. Awarded to outstanding student artists, this is a renewable scholarship. Selected applicants will be invited to campus in late February or early March 2018 for an audition or portfolio review, and for an interview.
To apply, please complete the Fine and Performing Arts Scholarship - Dance application.
Applications are due by December 1, 2017 along with a completed application for admission.
Major & Career Exploration
Graduate & Professional School
- February 23, 2018
Jessica Lang is a choreographer and the artistic director of Jessica Lang Dance. Lang, a recipient of a prestigious 2014 Bessie Award and 2017 Arison Award, has created more...
- March 9, 2018
Rosie Herrera will teach classes and set a work on Goucher dancers to be performed in the Goucher Repertory Dance Ensemble Concert on April 20 and 21. A Cuban-American dancer,...
- April 20, 2018
Goucher dancers will perform works by Goucher faculty, Iyun Ashani Harrison and Iquail Shaheed. The program will also feature repertory by Jessica Lang Dance, set by...