Early Arrival Dance Info & Registration


Each year, the dance program offers a pre-semester program in August for students interested in dance at Goucher. The early arrival program provides a venue for all students with prior dance experience to train intensively with Goucher faculty and guest artists before the start of the academic year. The program provides a wonderful opportunity for new students to meet current students and department professors, to settle into their residence hall, and to get adjusted to the college campus without the demands of a full academic schedule. The program consists of classes in ballet, pointe, modern, and Africanist techniques as well as workshops and lectures in various topics. Additionally, we have our first Guest Artist Residency of the year during early arrival. Students have the opportunity to take class with the artist in residence as well as audition for the artist's choreographic work that will be performed at the Goucher Repertory Dance Ensemble Concert in November.


Please check back for an updated list of 2019 program fees. 

Wednesday, August 14 through Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Students should plan to arrive on campus and complete check in procedures on Wednesday, August 14 between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. You will have the remainder of the afternoon to move into your residence hall assigned to you for the year. Welcome events will be held in the dance studios for early arrival participants on Wednesday evening. Classes will run daily from Thursday, August 15 through Tuesday, August 20.

You will receive daily technique classes in the morning, plus open classes or workshops each afternoon. You will be free to choose afternoon classes and workshops based on your interest. They will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis. Please note some offerings will have limited space. You will receive the 2019 program schedule and other important information prior to your arrival on campus.


All new students should attend MANDATORY PLACEMENT CLASSES during New-Student Orientation if they wish to be considered for entry into any TECHNIQUE CLASS. It is anticipated that placement classes will be held Sunday, August 18. Check back for details.   


Program options include tuition and meal plans. See below for fees for our 2018 program. Meals begin with dinner on Wednesday, August 14 and include three meals per day through Friday, August 16. Your pre-paid college meal plan will begin on Saturday, August 17.

Important: The Dance Program's Early Arrival Program tuition and fees are separate from any college tuition payments, financial aid packages, or college boarding costs. This program's additional fees cover the cost and expenses of running the program for the dancers. There are no discounts or financial aid opportunities for this program.

Registration Option 2019 Tuition 2019 Meals 2019 Total Fees

Resident - Returning Students

$320 $85 $405

Resident First-Year & Transfer Students
(Tuition reduction due to New-Student Orientation activities and mandatory dance placement classes beginning Saturday, August 17.)

$185 $85 $270
Commuter Students- Returning Students $320 $45 lunch only $365
Commuter Students - First-Year & Transfer Students
(Tuition reduction due to New-Student Orientation activities and mandatory dance placement classes beginning Saturday, August 17.)
$185 $45 lunch only $230
Mentors resident $245 $50 $295
Mentors commuters $215 $50 $265

*Commuter students are welcome to eat additional meals on campus in our Dining Hall, but you must pay cash at the door.


Registration is online only and should be completed by Friday, August 2. We will accept VISA, Master Card, or American Express. If you have an issue registering try another browser first, then contact Rick Southerland at james.southerland@goucher.edu.

Once registered, you will begin to receive more detailed information sent to your Goucher email account.

Please get into the habit of checking your Goucher email frequently throughout the summer!

We encourage you to register early to assure that your room is ready for your arrival. You will be moving into your assigned housing for the year. All housing questions should be directed to the Office of Residential Living at 410-337-6424.


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Christopher K. Morgan
Artistic & Executive Director

Christopher K. Morgan brings over 20 years of international experience and high artistic acclaim to his leadership roles as Artistic & Executive Director of CKM&A, as Director of the Dance Omi International Dance Collective, and as the newly appointed Executive Artistic Director of Dance Place in Washington D.C. His Native Hawaiian ancestry and a diverse, international modern dance career that moved him from where he grew up in Orange County, CA to San Diego, Munich, New York, London, Dublin and now our nation’s capitol influence his work as an administrator, choreographer, educator, facilitator, curator and performer. Christopher founded CKM&A in 2011; the same year Dance Magazine profiled him as one of six breakout choreographers in the United States. Said to be “charming and poignant” by The New York Times, his choreography has been presented in 18 countries on 5 continents and has addressed issues including sexuality, gender identity, race, climate change, immigration and water conservation.

Since 2006 he has directed the Dance Omi International Dance Collective, an annual collaborative choreographers’ residency in New York that is at the cutting edge of international collaboration. A sought after and gifted educator, past academic posts include faculty positions at the University of Maryland and American University in Washington D.C. He has taught at and staged work at over 30 conservatories and institutions of higher education throughout the United States, Europe, Asia and South America including the prestigious Teatro San Carlo in Naples Italy, The Rosella Hightower School in Cannes, France, The Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts and The Iwanson School in Munich, Germany.

Christopher’s performing career has been expansive, dancing for the Liz Lerman Dance Exchange, Kevin Wynn and the Collection, Shapiro & Smith, Selfish Shellfish (Germany), Hernando Cortez, and Pilobolus Creative Services, among many others. He was a soloist with the Washington National, Houston Grand, and New York City Operas. Christopher was in the original Olivier nominated cast of Fabulous Beast Dance Theater’s Giselle, the original cast of David Gordon’s Bessie Award Winning Production FAMILY$DEATH@ART.COMedy and the original cast of David Gordon’s NEA Masterpiece Dancing Henry V. Television and film credits include a PBS Great Performance with Placido Domingo, and on film dancing with Kate Winslet and Christopher Walken in John Turturro’s film Romance & Cigarettes.

His 2010 work +1/-1, commissioned by the US State Department and CityDance (where he was Choreographer in Residence and Rehearsal Director from 2007-11), opened the Ramallah International Dance Festival and won the Dance Metro DC award for Outstanding New Work that year. Other awards include a 2014 NPN Creation Fund Award, 2014 NEFA National Dance Project (NDP) Production Grant, the 2015 Montgomery County Executive’s Outstanding Artist Award and 2011, 2014 and 2017 Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Awards.

In May 2017 Christopher was named the new Executive Artistic Director of Dance Place, a 37-year-old dance institution in Washington, D.C. This role will allow Christopher to expand the ways in which he serves communities, artists and the dance field as he curates 45 weekends of performances by national and international choreographers annually, oversees a school for youth and adults, youth enrichment programs and continues Dance Place’s national leadership in creative placemaking. Thanks to the informed and well-balanced perspective he is able to bring to his work, Christopher has long been in demand as a speaker, panelist and grants reviewer, including most recently being at the forefront of national and international discussions on cultural appropriation, diversity, equity and inclusion.

He and his husband, opera director Kyle Lang, reside in North Bethesda, MD.

Please email Rick Southerland with program questions or for further information: james.southerland@goucher.edu