The Dance Program: Dance Performance

learn to dance / dance to learn

photo by Matthew Wright

From the studio to the stage, performance and choreography students dance and create in an environment that is intense but collaborative, with an emphasis on both technique and intellectual breadth.

“We at Muhlenberg College want to provide an education where you can succeed at anything — not just dance, not just theatre, but life.”

—Director of Dance
Karen Dearborn

1The Dance Performance students receive intensive, daily studio training in a wide range of dance techniques, as well as a solid historical and theoretical background in dance. Technique courses are offered through advanced levels in ballet, modern, jazz, and tap, as well as in partnering, aerial acrobatics, pointe, and African dance. Students who wish to pursure a career in dance will be served by both the analytical study and personal development of dance performance.

Small class sizes ensure that students work closely with the Dance Program's internationally acclaimed faculty and guest artists every day, in the studio and on the stage.

A busy performance schedule gives our students frequent opportunities to dance and choreograph for an audience:


        • Two student-choreographed Mainstage Concerts each year.
        • An annual Master Choreographers concert, in which students have the chance to work closely with accomplished faculty and guest artists.
        • An Informal Concert series each semester, featuring the work of student choreographers and dancers.
        • Frequent dance-theatre Mainstage collaborations, creating original works and innovative interdisciplinary adaptations, such as The Tempest.
        • Grand-scale musical theatre productions that showcase the talents of student dancers.
        • Three touring ensembles that perform on and off campus throughout the school year: Six Meters dance improv, the Jazz Tap Ensemble, and the DanceMax ensemble.

Coursework for Performance concentrators includes:1

  • Foundation courses in movement and composition
  • Training offered at four levels of advancement, in ballet, jazz, tap, and modern dance
  • Courses in anatomy, kinesiology, biology of movement, and somatic practice for dancers
  • Optional courses in African dance and cultures, dance partnering, aerial acrobatics, and pointe and variations



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