ChooseWhy Choose This Program?

Why Study Dance at Goucher?

Goucher tailors its dance major and minor to support many career ambitions, including dance therapist or teacher, a performer or choreographer, a dance critic, a director, or with additional schooling, a physical therapist or athletic trainor. With the guidance of faculty mentorship, Goucher students develop independence and the self-initiative to pursue their passions by 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. 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. Our guest-artist-in-residence program features five distinguished artists each year who augment an esteemed dance faculty of scholars and working artists.  Learn More

DoWhat Will You Do?

What Will You Do?

Goucher's flexible curriculum supports students who want to double major and minor in areas outside of dance as well as complete unique internships and study abroad. Additionally, students receive multiple performance opportunities starting as first-year students.

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Course Curriculum


Dance Program Coordinator
Rick Southerland, Associate Professor of Dance

Full-Time & Half-Time Faculty

Elizabeth Ahearn, Professor of Dance

Linda Garofalo, Instructor of Dance

Katherine Morris, Lecturer in Dance

Iquail Shaheed, Assistant Professor of Dance

Rick Southerland, Associate Professor of Dance

Paul Wegner, Lecturer in Dance

Amanda Woodson, Professor of Dance

Professor Emeritus or Emerita or Emeriti
Chrystelle Bond, Professor Emerita of Dance

Instructional Staff
Todd Mion

Study Abroad

By studying abroad, choosing three-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 Global Education 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 at University of Roehampton, or Arezzo, Italy, at the Accademia dell'Arte program. Others have spent a semester in Ghana.

Opportunities & Internships

Scholarships in Dance

To recognize, promote, and attract students with creative talent in dance, Goucher offers two types of arts scholarships, awarded independent of financial need.

For first-year students:

The Dance Scholarship

The Dance Scholarship recognizes students planning to major in dance. Awarded to outstanding student artists, this is a renewable scholarship. Selected applicants will be invited to campus on February 24, 2019, for an audition and interview.

To apply, please complete the Dance Scholarship Application.

Applications are due by December 1, 2018, 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 Education 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 CEO Job Search page.

Graduate & Professional School

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

Johns Hopkins Carey Business School 4+1 BA/MS Program

Goucher College and Johns Hopkins Carey Business School are offering Goucher students a combined bachelor’s and master’s degree program. This 4+1 program combines a bachelor’s degree from Goucher with a master of science degree from Johns Hopkins in business analytics and risk management, information systems, health care management, finance, or marketing. Students can apply during their junior year. GRE or GMAT tests have been waived but applicants must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.25 or better and have passed some quantitative reasoning courses with a grade of B or better.

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Julie Segall ’09

“I loved rehearsing, and I loved performing even more. It was wonderful and exhilarating. It’s why I did it.”

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