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 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 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.
LearnWhat Will You Learn?
What Will You Learn?
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 from around the world.
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
Internships are a very important facet of the curriculum at Goucher College. As such, the faculty consider well-structured internships to be essential to a student's education. Students find internship opportunities through the Career Development Office, through faculty and staff members, or on their own.
A detailed description of the off-campus experience is published by the Career Development
Office each year and fully describes the guidelines and timetable for internships.
Students interested in arranging an internship should contact their individual academic
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.
Student Work Opportunities
To find on-campus employment especially suitable for dance students, please visit the Career Development Office.
- September 8, 2017
Adam Hougland launched his choreographic career while studying at The Juilliard School, with his group work Beyond, which won the Hector Zaraspe Prize for Chroeography. He has performed with the Limón Dance Company, Toronto Dance Theatre and the Lar Lubovitch Dance Company. Mr. Hougland has created works for Morphoses/The Wheeldon Company, American Ballet Theatre Studio Company, Introdans (the Netherlands), the Limón Dance Company, the Washington Ballet, Ballet X, and the New York Choreographic Institute at New York City Ballet, among others. He is the principal choreographer for the Louisville Ballet and resident choreographer for Cincinnati Ballet, having won the Princess Grace Award for Choreography, the Choo San Goh Award for Choreography, as well as a New York State Council for the Arts Commissioning Grant. Mr. Hougland will teach ballet classes and set a work on Goucher dancers to be performed on the Goucher Repertory Dance Ensemble Concert on November 10 and 11. Master classes open to high-intermediate and advanced ballet dancers.
- September 15, 2017
Meet guest-artist-in-residence Adam Hougland, ask questions, hear about his creative endeavors, and watch Goucher dancers rehearse his work for the upcoming Goucher Repertory Dance Ensemble concert.
- September 23, 2017
Fall Into Goucher Dance, our third annual fundraiser for the Sophia Kurek Memorial Fund, will be held on Saturday, September 23, 2017 from 4 to 9 p.m. at Goucher College. Join us for dancing, delicious food from our visiting food trucks, performances, prizes, and fabulous raffle items.
The Sophia L. Kurek Memorial Fund provides scholarships to Goucher College students pursuing a dance degree. Recipients are students who embody the academic standards, artistic talents, and personal qualities of grace, passion, and diligence exemplified by the late Sophia Louise Kurek ’13.