Administrative Information

Director of Undergraduate Studies: Prof. Lynn Garafola; 854-9770;

Departmental Office: 310 Barnard Hall; 854-2995

Distinguished Guest Artist (2014-2015) Twyla Tharp
Lynn Garafola (co-chair)

Associate Professor
Paul Scolieri

Associate Professor of Professional Practice
Colleen Thomas

Senior Associate
Katie Glasner (co-chair)
Visiting Associate Professor of Professional Practice
Marjorie Folkman

Mindy Aloff


Cynthia Anderson

Becky Bliss
Alex Brady
Siobhan Burke
Maguette Camara
Antonio Carmena
Mary Carpenter
Tessa Chandler
Elizabeth Coker
Uttara Coorlawala
Chisa Hidaka
Allegra Kent
Katiti King
Robert La Fosse
Melinda Marquez
Jodi Melnick
Andrea Miller
Margaret Morrison
Rika Okamoto
David Parker
Kathryn Sullivan
Caitlin Trainor
Ashley Tuttle
Adam H. Weinert
Seth Williams
Karla Wolfangle

Artists in Residence
John Heginbotham
Patricia Hoffbauer
Sam Kim
Pam Tanowitz

Musician Director
Robert Boston

  Technical Director
Tricia Toliver
  Administrative Assistant
Sandra Velasquez Dos Santos

The Barnard College Department of Dance, located in a world dance capital, offers an interdisciplinary program that integrates the study of dance within a liberal arts setting of intellectual and creative exploration. The major builds upon studio courses, the department's productions at Miller Theater, New York Live Arts, and other venues, as well as a rich array of dance studies courses, allowing students' creative work to develop in dialogue with critical inquiry into the history, culture, theory and forms of western and non-western performance. Students study with outstanding research scholars and work with accomplished artists whose work enriches contemporary American dance.

The Department of Dance offers technique courses for students of all levels of expertise and opens its other courses to majors and non-majors alike, who may also audition for its productions. The department partners with cultural institutions in New York City to connect students with the professional world.

The Department of Dance is fully accredited and in good standing with the National Association of Schools of Dance.

Dance Technique Courses

Level I courses, except for global and somatic courses, have no prerequisite and students receive a Pass/Fail grade. All other courses must be taken for a letter grade and require a placement audition (held at the first meeting of classes) or the permission of the instructor. These courses may be taken to fulfill the physical education requirement.

A maximum of six (6) points of dance technique courses can be taken for credit by non-dance majors.


Technique of classical ballet emphasizing proper alignment and graduated study of its vocabulary. Artistry of articulation, phrasing, dynamics, and nuance in the broad range of classical materials are addressed at each level.


The study of contemporary dance based on the work of 20th and 21st century innovators. Aesthetic principles of modern dance will be taught with increased technical demands required at each successive level.


The study of dance forms including classical Spanish, Jazz, Tap, West African, Afro-Cuban, and Indian.


GS students registering for a dance class must register for at least one credit: GS students may not register for a 0-credit dance class.