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. 

Course Curriculum


Dance Program Contact
Elizabeth Ahearn

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

Part-Time Faculty
Jennifer Blades, Jihan von Hendricks, Mathew Lane, Stephanie Powell, Melissa Stafford, Paul Wegner, Jason Widney, Sara Workeneh

Study Abroad

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.


Internships help students explore possibilities, apply classroom learning, and gain experience. Explore internships and credit options.

Student Employment

Student employment connects students to both on and off-campus opportunities. The Career Development Office provides resources and support to students with or without Federal Work Study to find jobs, submit applications, and learn more about the job search process. Students have access to Goucher Recruit — an online site for job postings and job fair events.

Major & Career Exploration

Exploring career options, choosing a major, and making career decisions is a multi-step process in which all students are encouraged to engage early and often. Goucher students have a variety of resources available through the Majors and Career page to assist them in this process.

Job Search

A Goucher education prepares students for today’s job market and beyond. Students can explore job opportunities and access job search resources through the CDO Job Search page.

Graduate & Professional School

Students access resources for searching and applying to graduate and professional school through the CDO Graduate and Professional School page, through faculty and staff members, or utilizing their own resources, network and tools.