Dance at Davidson

Dance provides another lens through which to interpret the world.

Students who take classes in dance and/or pursue a dance minor immerse themselves in a program that envisions dance as an integral part of the robust, rigorous, liberal arts curriculum at Davidson. 

Dance classes focus on theory as well as practice, incorporating the varied physical, cultural, historic, and social attributes of the subject into each course. Classes are open to students of all backgrounds and at all levels of experience.

In addition to their work in class, students are encouraged to participate in the various master classes and workshops offered on campus, as well as to pursue summer study or internships at national dance festivals.

Performance Opportunities

Students have a wide variety of opportunities to showcase their choreographic interests and share their enthusiasm for dance in performance. All students may participate in extracurricular dance groups and perform in venues across campus, and Dance Department students have additional opportunities to explore the possibilities of dancemaking, collaborate with faculty and fellow students, and present their performance work.

Extracurricular Dance Groups

A large group of students in dance class lay on mats in the dance studio and hold their legs in the air

Outstanding Facilities

Opened in 2015, the Cheryle Williamson Center for Dance provides students with the facilities to investigate and refine their skills in dance practice and dance making. With dedicated space for dance classes and rehearsals, the two studios feature sprung floors, natural light, and access to a full technology suite.

Dance professor sits on studio floor while taking notes and talking to students who are partially visible at the corner of the photo

Theory and Practice

With dance classes integrated into the liberal arts curriculum, students are encouraged to experience both the theory and practice of dance. While the individual courses focus on either the studio or the classroom, all dance classes ask students to consider both the physical and intellectual rigor of the subject.

Guest artist helps student with her position as she dances holding the ballet bar in one of Davidson's dance studios

Guest Artists

Each year students are able to study with visiting dance artists through master classes and workshop opportunities. Spanning a wide range of styles and approaches, previous artists have included dancers from companies like Paul Taylor's American Modern Dance, Keigwin & Company, and Dance Theatre of Harlem, as well as independent artists like Michelle Ellsworth, Harper Addison and Amanda Hamp.

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