A dance artist’s growth is a product of the simultaneous development of three interdependent factors: technique, composition, and artistic voice.
It is the Dance Program's aim to provide this threefold development of the student dance artist within the context of a broad-based liberal arts education.
A Letter from the Director
Thank you for your interest in the Dance Program at Bard College. As a performing arts program inside of a liberal arts college, we encourage all students of dance to take classes. We are also able to offer those students who decide to make dance a focus of study at Bard, a working environment that remains very personal and responsive to the specific talents and interests of each.
Dance students’ technical and creative development is addressed through a wide stylistic range of technique and composition classes—the Dance Program faculty represent a breadth of professional experience, expertise, and engagement with the dance world. In technique classes we use a contemporary lens to explore a diverse range of ballet and modern dance styles. We also offer courses in Dabkeh, a Palestinian folk dance, and Contemporary African Dance.
Coursework in the Program focuses on developing both capable choreographers and dancers as adept participants in the collaborative process that continues to shape the professional world.
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