Frequently Asked Questions

Answers to the most-asked questions about the Dance program at HWS

  • There is a dance major and minor, both disciplinary and interdisciplinary. Yet there is no pressure to major or minor in dance. Many trained and talented dancers double-major or decide to major in other disciplines, and they continue to be an integral part of the dance program.

  • There is no audition to be admitted to the dance program. Any student is allowed to register for a dance course (studio or theory) in the Dance Department and will be guided to register for the technique course that suits her/his ability.

  • There is an audition for the Arts Scholarship in Dance. The Arts Scholars Program provides a merit scholarship that lasts four years if the dancer participates in the arts during her/his four years in college.

  • Because the dance program is small (100 students per semester, 15 majors and minors), first-year students can be active and involved right away. All dancers are encouraged to audition for dance concerts and to contribute to student productions.

  • Dancers interested in choreography and performance will be rehearsing for performances all year long. There are opportunities to work with other students (Koshare and Senior Concerts), faculty (Faculty Dance Concert), and guest artist choreographers and companies.

  • Although dancers perform and choreograph tap and jazz and can study jazz in the spring semester, the main dance forms taught are ballet, pointe, and modern dance. Guest artists and master teachers diversify our offerings each year with African dance, Salsa, tap, etc.

  • Some of our dance majors and minors go on to graduate school to pursue dance-related professions; some move to NYC to live the life of a dancer; and others apply their dance education to fields such as non-profit development, elementary education, public health, special education, or fashion design.



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