Department of Dance

The Department of Dance is committed to teaching and presenting dance as a vital form of embodied awareness, understanding, communication, and expression — all of which are central to the liberal arts and fine arts traditions.

Dance students at St. Olaf will find:

  • A student-centered, non-competitive program with opportunities for majors and non-majors alike to audition for all performing companies
  • Two performance venues and three beautiful studios with full video, sound, and technology support systems
  • Live music for ballet, modern, and improvisation classes
  • Emphasis on experiential anatomy and body awareness
  • Faculty who are also professional dancers, with strong connections to the vibrant Twin Cities dance community
  • One of only two departments in the state that is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Dance.

The studies and experiences provided by the Dance Department guide students toward lives and careers with strong physical, creative, and analytical skills at their foundation. Dance majors come away from St. Olaf with the ability to manage, direct, and perform with professional companies or as freelance artists. Some pursue graduate study in dance therapy, teaching, choreography, performance, or the somatic disciplines, while others enter related fields, such as the healing professions, arts management, psychology, environmental studies, and the media.

In short, a degree in Dance from St. Olaf engages students in the study of dance as a personal art, a cultural art, and a fine art, preparing them for a wide range of life and career possibilities.