The study of dance is interdisciplinary to its very core. Daily technique classes build upon knowledge of anatomy and kinesiology and involve interaction with musicians. To stage a dance production, Connecticut College students not only dance and choreograph, but often arrange their own music, design their own costumes and work with a lighting designer. Production crew experiences involve all aspects of technical theater, which include digital videotaping and editing.
The interdisciplinary nature of dance is reflected in the curriculum and activities between departments, programs and Centers on campus. These include, but are not limited to, Music, Theater, Art History, East Asian Languages and Cultures, the Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity, and the Ammerman Center for Arts and Technology. Most students are double majors or minor in another field in order to obtain a broader scope of knowledge for the study of dance and its relationship to Psychology, Sociology, Philosophy, Anthropology, International Relations, Sciences, Education, Culture Studies, Art, English literature and poetry, among others.
Guest artists such as Ping Chong and Meredith Monk reflect this interdisciplinary approach, as did the 2002 TRIP (Travel and Research Immersion Program) to Vietnam and China.Students in any major may also earn a certificate from one of the College's innovative interdisciplinary centers. Requirements for the certificate programs include a challenging combination of coursework, in-depth research and a funded summer internship in the U.S. or abroad. The four centers are:
- Ammerman Center for Arts and Technology
- Goodwin-Niering Center for the Environment
- Holleran Center for Community Action and Public Policy
- Toor Cummings Center for International Studies and the Liberal Arts (CISLA)