Statement on Equity
The Dance Program at Bard values the experience of individual body sovereignty and is committed to providing equal access to students who are exploring life’s questions through an artistic physical practice.
The Dance Program will contribute to changing the narratives of white supremacy, patriarchy, and racial inequity that have characterized the persistent undercurrent flowing beneath the ground on which we dance in this country.
We will endeavor to be a refuge for any persons who are vulnerable to ideologies defined by racism, homophobia, transphobia, and anti-feminism. We will use the tools of our discipline to challenge the structures that maintain a hierarchy of human value. We will consistently offer a rigorous learning environment that celebrates that people are “equal in all of our apparent differences.” (Ibram X. Kendi)
The Bard Dance Program sees the pursuit of artistry and intellect as a single endeavor and the study of the body as a cognitive act, demanding both physical practice and exploration of the broader academic contexts in which the art form exists. The program fosters the discovery of a dance vocabulary that is meaningful to the dancer/choreographer and essential to his or her creative ambitions. This discovery leads students to cultivate original choices that are informed by a full exploration of their surroundings and to find expression in new and dynamic ways. Through intensive technique and composition courses, onstage performance, and production experience, dance students are prepared to understand and practice the art of choreography and performance.
Bard College Dance Program Launches Two-Year Partnership with Villa Albertine
About The Visiting Artists in Residence - Fall 2023
Maria Q. Simpson, professor of dance at Bard College, has launched Three Ballet Teachers (3BT)
(3BT) in collaboration with Zvi Gotheiner and Hannah Wiley. 3BT is an online resource featuring video documentation of original ballet class choreography by the three contemporary ballet teachers. “The website provides teachers of all levels of experience with choreographed center-floor sequences that can be used in full or in part, or as inspiration for their own classes,” Maria said. The project came out of the mutual belief among Simpson, Gotheiner, and Wiley that ballet class choreography represents a huge body of unrecognized creative work, and that this work should be accessible. “3BT is looking to both highlight and exalt the training space and the choreography that occurs there as representative of the living history of the art form,” Maria said.
Bard Dance Program Alumni/ae are kicking it in 2023!
Congratulations to Sam Asa Pratt '14, half of the BAYE & ASA choreography duo, for winning the Harkness Promise Award from Dance magazine, which provides a grant and rehearsal space for innovative young choreographers.
Dancer, Roobi Gaskins, '19, will make her Houston Grand Opera debut on October 20 in a newly commissioned world premiere, the new American epic INTELLIGENCE, produced in collaboration with the Urban Bush Women.
What happens when the arts and academics meet? Within a liberal arts college, where do we draw the line? Or do we not draw lines at all? “Moving Thoughts” is a short documentary film exploring the boundaries and connections between dance and other academic fields. We follow three young Bard students (Antonia Salathé, Itzel Herrera Garcia and Justine Denamiel) in their thoughts, conversations and expressions regarding their journey at Bard and beyond.
Bard College Astronomer Shuo Zhang and Undergraduate Student Rose Xu Discover New X-ray Flares from the Galactic Center Supermassive Black Hole Sgr A*
Bard College Assistant Professor of Physics Shuo Zhang and Bard mathematics and dance major Rose Xu ’23 were invited by the American Astronomical Society (AAS) to present their most recent findings on new x-ray flares from the now inactive supermassive black hole at the center of our Milky Way galaxy. Their talk, “Detection of Seven High-Energy X-ray Flares from the Milky Way’s Supermassive Black Hole,” was presented at the 241st AAS press conference on Thursday, January 12 from 5:15pm to 6:15pm ET, in person in Seattle and virtually via Zoom and YouTube livestream. For more information about the 241st AAS press conference, click here.
The center of the Milky Way galaxy harbors the nearest supermassive black hole Sgr A* to Earth, with forty million times the mass of the Sun. Although being in an inactive status nowadays, Sgr A* demonstrates mysterious flares almost every single day, which could come from magnetic phenomena. We are sitting in the front row of these cosmic fireworks. Using 2 Ms data from NASA’s NuSTAR X-ray telescope, our math senior Rose Xu, working with Bard physics professor Shuo Zhang, has discovered seven new hard X-ray flares that took place between 2016 and 2022. This new result doubled the current database of bright Sgr A* X-ray flares, and can help to answer long-standing questions in flare physics, such as: What are the physical mechanisms behind Sgr A* flare? Do bright flares and faint flares share the same origin?
Bardians Featured in Dance Magazine
“Dance has always been a radical act, even if it was covered in gauze and tulle.”
—Maria Simpson, Professor of Dance and Dance Program Director
Dance Magazine features Bard College in its January 2022 issue, highlighting the work of Sam Asa Pratt ’14 in its “25 to Watch” cover story, and interviewing Bard senior Leslie Morales and Professor Maria Simpson in “Dance with a Purpose,” an article about blending art and activism in your practice, even before graduation.
Love Lifts Us Up
Zaccho Dance Theatre’s Love, a state of grace featured a half-dozen aerial artists performing in the cavernous interior of San Francisco’s Grace Cathedral. Performed in one-hour cycles, the work allowed audience members to move through the space below at will, and to engage with a series of rituals and meditations, designed by artist-theologians Yohana Junkar and Claudío Cavalhaes. Directed and choreographed by Joanna Haigood, the performance installation encouraged attendees to contemplate and celebrate their shared humanity, and the importance love holds across various spiritual practices.
Lisa Fagan ’11 Returns to Bard for a January Residency
Lisa Fagan ’11 and a group of seven multidisciplinary artists began working on a new piece in 2019 called Give it a Go while her collaborator, composer/vocalist Catherine Brookman, and she were artists in residence at Target Margin Theater in Brooklyn, NY. While that work was cut short by the pandemic, it now lives on in a new, untitled form, in development at Bard.
Hear from Our Students
What is it like to study dance at Bard College? Hear from Leslie, Jude, and Sakinah in a discussion moderated by Maria Simpson, professor of dance and director of the Dance Program. They discuss the intimacy of the program, the close relationships with faculty and teaching artists, and the ability to explore interdisciplinary studies.
“I genuinely think that I would not be as prepared as I feel to go into the dance industry if I had not come to Bard.”
Dance Magazine Lists Bard College as
Featured Dance School
“Located just a few hours north of New York City in Annandale-on-Hudson, New York, Bard College offers a dance major that places equal emphasis on technique and composition. The program simultaneously encourages dance as an intellectual pursuit and helps students forge connections with working artists through partnerships with dance organizations. In the past, Bard has teamed up with Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company and the Trisha Brown Dance Company. Its current partnership with American Dance Festival brings in ADF teaching artists to lead intensive technique courses throughout the year.” —Dance Magazine, May 2019