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Dance, Bachelor

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University rank #601 (QS) Northampton, MA, United States
The Dance program at the Smith College gives students a broad view of dance in preparation for professional performance careers, as a training ground for choreographers, or to prepare for study in graduate dance programs. Students who do not intend to pursue dance professionally are also welcome.
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The Dance program at the Smith College includes contemporary modern, ballet, jazz, West African, dance history, dance composition, cultural studies, anatomy-kinesiology and advanced seminars in special topics. Most technique classes are taught with live music. 

There is no mandatory core curriculum at Smith, and interdisciplinary studies are encouraged. Senior dance majors complete a thesis course and a choreographic or research project. Students are encouraged to study and perform at other schools in the Five College Dance Department; a fare-free bus system connects the campuses.The dance department at Smith works out of four studios, two dedicated theaters and one informal theater. The Josten Library for the Performing Arts maintains an outstanding dance collection. There is a fully staffed costume and scene shop in the performing arts center.


There are four full-time faculty (including a staff musician), eight graduate teaching fellows and several professional adjuncts and part-time musicians. The department sponsors regular master classes and special workshops, often led by members of such national touring dance companies as Mark Morris, Trisha Brown and Company and Urban Bush Women. 

Recent visitors have included guests from Ballet Theatre du Bourdeau, the Alvin Ailey Dance Company, the Royal Winnipeg Ballet and the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company. Master classes and workshops are often given by artists who are performing at the Fine Arts Center at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. A student-run dance company, Celebrations, was founded in 1983.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Elementary Dance Composition
  • Dance in the 20th Century
  • Scientific Foundations of Dance
  • Dance and Culture
  • Analysis of Music from a Dancer's Perspective
  • Dance Production

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

General Requirements

  • Common Application or Coalition Application
  • Smith Writing Supplement
  • Secondary School Report, including official high school transcript
  • Counselor Recommendation
  • Two Teacher Evaluation Forms
  • Midyear Report
  • Early Decision Agreement (if applicable)

Tuition Fee

  • International

    55830 USD/year
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  • National

    55830 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 55830 USD per year and a duration of .
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Living costs for Northampton

  • 1156 - 2400 USD/month
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