Dance Department Mission

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.