A letter from Shani Collins-Achille, Associate Professor of Dance: 

Dear Prospective Student,

Shani Collins-Achille, Associate Professor of Dance, leads a class.
Shani Collins-Achille, Associate Professor of Dance

I am pleased to learn that you are interested in the Dance Department at Connecticut College. I have devoted almost a decade to this department and look forward to the growth each new student brings to this program. Part of the Dance Faculty since 2009, I currently serve as associate professor and the chair of the Dance Department and I welcome you to our community. I know you will find our department to be one of the finest professional and supportive dance environments within a liberal arts setting. Our highly qualified, inspirational and attentive faculty members work closely with the students to provide an intensive dancing and learning experience. In addition, numerous guest artists from New York City and beyond provide invaluable performance opportunities and state-of-the-art teaching during their residencies here. David Dorfman Dance is the company-in-residence at the College. David’s New York-based company spends several weeks at the College each year working with student dancers, performing its repertory, rehearsing new work and collaborating with the College as a whole.

This past June, dance major Rachael Lieblein-Jurbala's ’19 work “and I will never, ever let you down.” was chosen to be performed at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., for the 2018 National College Dance Festival’s Gala Performance. Adjudicators said of the dance “…and I will never, ever let you down.” is a sophisticated and relevant statement in a charged political moment, that utilizes the power of both subtle and not-so-subtle gesture. It immediately and thoroughly immerses the viewer in the world it creates, revealing its social commentary through masterful layering.”

An audition is required in order to major in Dance, but no audition is necessary for the Dance minor. The auditions for high school seniors will be held during on Monday, October 8, and Monday, November 12, at Connecticut College. The dance audition consists of attending a technique class, a ballet barre in ballet slippers, with modern, West African and Afro-Caribbean combinations, a short improvisation, and showing an individual piece (1 1/2 - 2 minutes) of any style. For further information please visit the Dance Department website.

We hope you will visit us at the College. A visit provides an excellent opportunity for you to become acquainted with our College environment and the specifics of our unique department. We are certainly glad to meet with you, give you a tour and answer any questions you might have concerning life at Connecticut College. We can also put you in touch with a current Dance major to provide you with more insights from a student perspective. If you’d like to schedule a dance audition, please call the Department of Dance office at (860) 439-2830 or email us at dance@conncoll.edu.


Shani Collins Achille
Associate Professor of Dance
Dance Department Chair