Department of Dance

The St. Olaf College Dance Department engages students in the study of dance as a vital form of human expression, understanding, communication, and interaction. Partnering with the College’s liberal arts curriculum and making connections with other academic fields, the dance program encourages the exploration of complex ideas through investigation, knowledge, and expression of the body. Rooted in the Modern Dance tradition and enriched by global and social dance forms, the dance department cultivates an inclusive and diverse community. The B.A. in Dance prepares dance majors for a range of career and vocational options including performing, creating, teaching, and writing about dance, as well as integrating their dance studies’ skills and experiences into myriad other fields.


Due to the disruption caused by the COVID-19 virus pandemic, the Dance Department has decided to cancel all events this Spring.

We wish you and all in your community the utmost in health and well-being in this challenging time and always!


We are excited to celebrate the anniversaries of the Dance Department and Dance Companies at St. Olaf College with you. In light of the COVID-19 virus and the cancellation of the Companydance Spring Concert this May we have decided to postpone Celebration Weekend. We look forward to seeing you at Celebration Weekend in the future and send best wishes to you and your family.
Heather Klopchin
St. Olaf College Dance Department Chair


Visit us at our Summer Dance Workshop!

Due to COVID -19 virus pandemic this workshop has been

 cancelled this Summer.


Koenig Endowed Fund Events

Take part in a series of events taking place February 26 – 29.


Exciting Current Alumni News:

  • Ole dance alum, Alisha Jihn ’15, earned a Fulbright to live in Taiwan and engage in cross-cultural dialogue about dance/movement therapy.  See this video about her Fulbright: Alisha Jihn video
  • Congratulations to Ole dance alum, Ash R.T. Yergens ’14, on his first evening-length performance in NYC on Nov 1, 2, 3. In “prettygirl264264,” Mr. Yergens, a transgender dance artist, holds a premature funeral for, as press notes state, the “critically unclaimed artist Ashley R.T. Yergens.” A loose reimagining of the 2011 documentary about Chaz Bono, “Becoming Chaz,” the production, Mr. Yergens’s first evening-length work, features a collaborative team of queer and transgender artists. To purchase tickets:  tickets
  • Congratulations to Ole Dance Alum, Karina Culloton ’15, who is creating a piece for the Zenon Dance Zone this Winter/Spring! Auditions: January 5, 2019 10:00am – 12:00pm. More info:

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