Dance

BACHELOR OF ARTS | MINOR

Stretch the boundaries of your performance

In the Dance Bachelor of Arts program at the Corcoran School, we train students to tell their own stories through movement. If you are ready to grow as a dancer and as an artist, to be mentored by internationally acclaimed instructors and to cultivate your artistic voice, the Corcoran is for you. The strength of the program is the intimate relationship and mentorship by the dance faculty.

We are dedicated to educating dancers and choreographers of the future through our global, interdisciplinary community located in the heart of Washington, D.C. Working with national and internationally known guest artists through classes and rehearsals, our students establish professional connections to a variety of geographies and heritages with countless performative opportunities both in and out of the studio.

Our program prepares you for a professional career in the multifaceted field of dance as artist, entrepreneur, manager or dance specialist. We focus on modern, postmodern and contemporary dance techniques, emphasizing experimentation through creative process, and our courses are allied with the body of knowledge found in somatic theories. Modern technique classes are offered at four levels, and students take additional classes in dance history, production and career strategies.

If you’re looking for a dance program that emphasizes art and creative problem solving, where you’ll engage with diverse peers and innovative faculty, there is no better place than at the Corcoran School.
 

PROSPECTIVE STUDENTS

 

 


INFORMATION SESSIONS
 

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Dance

Date: Wednesday, October 18, 2023
Time: 7:00-8:00 p.m. ET
Location: Online

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Dance

Date: Wednesday, December 6, 2023
Time: 6:00-7:00 p.m. ET
Location: Online

 

Minor in dance

GW’s Dance program trains students to tell their own stories through movement. Our program is designed to make it easy for students to double minor which affords exciting cross discipline studies and provides well-rounded graduates the tools to achieve their goals. Our graduates are prepared for a variety of professional careers including performer, director, set designer, production assistant or teachers.

If you are ready to grow as a dancer and as an artist, to be mentored by internationally acclaimed instructors, and to cultivate your artistic voice, our minor program is for you. With an emphasis on technique, our curriculum simultaneously develops the physical strength of our dancers while building their confidence as choreographers. We focus on modern, postmodern and contemporary dance techniques, emphasizing experimentation through creative process, and our courses are allied with the body of knowledge found in somatic theories. Through our global, interdisciplinary community located in the heart of Washington, D.C., we work with national and internationally known guest artists through classes and rehearsals. You will establish professional connections to a variety of geographies and heritages with countless performative opportunities both in and out of the studio.

The following requirements must be fulfilled: 18 credits, including a 3-credit required course and 15 credits in elective courses.

 

Program of Study

With an emphasis on technique, our curriculum simultaneously develops the physical strength of our dancers while building their confidence as choreographers. Through classes in technique, choreography and theory, students gain a strong foundation for understanding movement. In addition, required coursework in lighting and costuming expands production skills within the broader context of the theatrical environment.

You will also study somatic theories, improvisation, composition, performance art and dance history, work with guest artists from around the world and engage with professional organizations through internships.

The culmination of the program of study is a thesis project that showcases students' creativity, allowing them to demonstrate their skills in all areas of performance and production. From choreography to costume and audio design and more, the thesis is an opportunity for our dancers to exhibit their experience in all components of a dance performance.

 

 

 

CAREER SERVICES

Whether you are a major or minor, our students prepare for a variety of professional careers including performer, director, set designer, production assistant or teachers.

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AUDITIONS (FOR CURRENT STUDENTS)

All GW students are invited to take dance, music and theatre classes and audition for music ensembles, plays and performances. Check out dates and more information about auditions.

Auditions

 

 

WHAT WE CREATE

 

 

 

Born and raised in the coastal town of Murrells Inlet, South Carolina, Berkley Lane (B.A. ‘20) has always admired the ocean and all of its systems. As a dancer, she is inspired by the environment as she gravitates towards movement styles that are free-flowing and grounded, with large sweeping movements that use her entire body at once. Throughout Berkley’s time at GW, she has choreographed dances inspired by how water molecules move together, how trees grow slowly in a large forest and how waves interact with one another and with other organisms in the ocean.

Berkley's senior thesis Moving Through the Bloom combines her passion for both Environmental Science and Dance as she explores research on the Chesapeake Bay and its dead zones. Her work was part of the 2020 NEXT Exhibition; see more here

 

 Hana Springer, double major in Dance and International Affairs, was one of a pair of students that traveled to Taiwan. The trip included participation in an international arts festival, rehearsals with world-famous choreographers and sharing tips and Ta-a noodles with fellow dancers from around the globe. “Dancing in Taiwan showed me firsthand how art can be a tool for uniting people, no matter who they are or where they come from. We all are more connected than we often realize, and dancing is a powerful way to express those connections.”

Hana's Story

 

 

Corcoran music and dance students were invited to perform “Modulating Movements: Sonic and Kinesthetic Interpretations of Sculptural Works" at the National Gallery as part of the new collaboration between the Corcoran and the Gallery. This unique event showcased students of electronic music composition and dance choreography, led by Corcoran faculty members Heather Stebbins and Anna Kimmel.

DANCE FILM SHORTS 2020

Artistic Director, Maida Withers and New Media/Film Makers, Guest Artists, Robin Bell and Ludovic Jolivet joined with GW dance faculty and choreography students to create dance on camera shorts to broadcast to the public online. Projects feature film shorts by Faculty Choreographers Dana Tai Soon Burgess and Giselle Ruzany, along with Student Choreographers Katherine Auerswald, Jillian Canning, Julia Chodyla, Chloe Davis, Hannah Jacobson, Alison Janega, Kinaya Mceady, and Madelyn Sell. Dancers, who are also filming themselves dancing “on location,” collaborate remotely with choreographers from national and international locations in the creation of the dance film shorts.

Watch Individual Dances

 

 


 

CONTACTS

 

Campus Address

Building XX
814 20th Street NW, 3rd Floor
Washington, DC 20052
[email protected]
Phone: 202-994-8072 | Fax: 202-994-9403

 

Program Information

Program Administrator
Isabella Matousek
[email protected]

Program Head
Professor of Production Design
Special Assistant for Productions & Performances

Faculty Advisor, Undergraduate
Carl Gudenius
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Assistant Professor of Production Management & Technology
John Traub
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