Dance

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.

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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: https://zenondance.org/zone/?fbclid=IwAR1326x2Eig8iwj-JVGA_acFPiGSGhPw5Ozym816Hm2pcTHX1PnQQkw2-3A

About the Dance Department

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Mission Statement:

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.

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Dance students at St. Olaf will find:

  • A student-centered, non-competitive program with opportunities for majors and non-majors alike to take classes and 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 African Fusion classes
  • Emphasis on experiential anatomy and body awareness
  • Faculty who have a range of professional dance experience, 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.

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