About the Bard Dance Program
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. We prepare dancers for the versatility and integration necessary to face the questions: Where will dance go next? What will the next dance revolution look like, and where will it come from? We believe that serious inquiry in all areas of the liberal arts is critical to the development of the whole person and to the success of our future artists.
Why I Chose Bard
Essentially through making dance a central part of my life here, I have found a new frame of mind to enter academics and the rest of my interests in life, using this daily physical and creative practice to ground my energy and focus it on a multitude of ideas both inside and outside the studio."
—Dance Major, 2014
“What I knew was that any academic pursuit was going to be integral to my growth and evolution as an artist. I decided on philosophy as my second major, and I think they fit together beautifully and they're inseparable. ... One makes me better at the other."
—Dance/Philosophy Major Samuel Pratt '14