DAN 223 Music for Dance
Music for dance through training in rhythmic theory and practice in composing and performing related movement studies.
Step into dance at Connecticut College, and you discover a program shaped by some of the most notable names in the field. The American Dance Festival was held here for 30 years, establishing the College's reputation as a premier place to learn dance. You get the best of all worlds – a strong liberal arts education with an equally strong, comprehensive, supportive and demanding dance program that encourages interdisciplinary exploration. We are close to New York City, Boston and Providence and bring many guest artists and performances to campus. Our company-in-residence, David Dorfman Dance, teaches classes and choreographs works with students for a two-week period each semester. Recent guests include Kyle Abraham, Monica Bill Barnes and Faye Driscoll.
You are exposed to three levels of choreography and a variety of techniques, including modern, Afro-Caribbean, West African, improvisation and ballet. Most importantly, you are encouraged to find a singular voice for your artistry. Dance is a universal language and we hope you study abroad. Options range from Europe to Australia and India. You also have an opportunity to intern with a dance company or arts group.
You are able to participate in at least six dance productions each year through the Dance Department and student-run clubs. Each spring, senior majors produce their own concert, creating a budget and choreographing and publicizing the show. Dance companies are associated with five of our professors, providing additional opportunities for performance.
Shani Collins Achille first stepped foot on Connecticut College’s campus as a performer in the OnStage performance series in Palmer Auditorium. She joined Connecticut College in 2009 and now, with profound gratitude, shares her work with this community as she continues to experience teaching/learning, building history, and culture through dance.
David Dorfman '81, who describes his Connecticut College education as “magic,” returned to the campus as an associate professor of dance in 2004 and was promoted to full professor in 2008. His company, David Dorfman Dance, considered one of the most influential American contemporary dance companies for the past two decades, was permanently named company-in-residence at the College in Fall 2007.
Heidi Henderson teaches Modern Technique, Composition, Improvisation, Anatomy, and Dance Writing. Henderson is the artistic director of elephant JANE dance.
Shawn Hove is the founder/artistic director of shove gently dance. Shawn is a multidisciplinary dance artist investigating and working in dance as a choreographer, dancer, collaborator, educator, lighting designer and media artist.
Lisa Race spent much of her career as a performer, teacher and choreographer in New York before heading north to Connecticut. She was a guest artist at Connecticut College from 2004 until 2007, whereupon she joined the faculty as an assistant professor. In New York, Race was the artistic director of Race Dance.
Rosemarie A. Roberts is a dance studies scholar, dancer and educator. Her artistic and scholarly work blend history, dance and theater in order to conduct social psychological and anthropological investigations of Afro-diasporic dance as embodiments of difference, knowledge and resistive power. Professor Roberts is an interpreter of traditional and folkloric Cuban, Haitian, Puerto Rican and Brazilian dance forms. In the Katherine Dunham tradition, dance is a forum for investigating the historical, cultural and spiritual richness of these forms.
Richard Schenk joined the College in 1995 as musician/composer for dance after 10 years as music director at The Ohio State University Department of Dance. He has composed dozens of scores for choreographers, and performs on piano, cello, guitar and percussion in addition to pursuing computer applications for composition and improvisation.
Marya Ursin has been studying/practicing yoga since 1969, and teaching yoga since 1981. She teaches yoga at Connecticut College, the National Theatre Institute, Waterford, Conn., and the Dragon's Egg arts/performance space in Mystic, Conn., where she is Executive Director. She also teaches mask/myth/movement at NTI and Dragon's Egg.
Derrick began his formal training in a local studio of his hometown Southwick, Massachusetts, where he studied ballet, jazz, tap, and acrobatics with his teacher Brenda Barna. He is also a graduate of The Greater Hartford Academy of the Performing Arts.
A: I studied in Peru my junior year. I returned for a funded internship in Summer 2013 at the Afro-Peruvian Museum of El Carmen and the National Ballet of Peru in Lima. Peru's rich history in dance led me there. My honors thesis research stems from my experiences abroad.
A: I did my own independent research through honors study with the help of professors David Dorfman, Rosemarie Roberts and Leo Garofalo. My work explores the complexities between dance and tourism as it relates to Afro-Peruvian dance's rich aesthetic. I explore the relationship among race, tourism, and the destruction of Afro-Peruvian dance and the abolishment of its cultural principles.
A: I plan to pursue an MFA in choreography while dancing professionally. Afterward, I intend to pursue a doctoral degree in performance studies.