Administrative Information

Director of Undergraduate Studies: Prof. Paul Scolieri; 854-1275;

Departmental Office: 310 Barnard Hall; 854-2995

Lynn Garafola

Professor of Professional Practice
Mary Cochran

Associate Professor
Paul Scolieri (co-chair)

Associate Professor of Professional Practice
Colleen Thomas

Senior Associate
Katie Glasner (co-chair)

Adjunct Professors
Uttara Coorlawala
Allegra Kent

Adjunct Associate Professor
Mindy Aloff

Cynthia Anderson
Becky Bliss
Assaf Benchetrit
Siobhan Burke
Maguette Camara
Mary Carpenter
Tessa Chandler

Lecturers (continued)
Joanna Dee Das
Ori Flomin
Chisa Hidaka
Katiti King
Robert La Fosse
Melinda Marquez
Jodi Melnick
Margaret Morrison
David Parker
Sabrina Pillars
Kathryn Sullivan
Caitlin Trainor
Ashley Tuttle
Karla Wolfangle

Artists in Residence
Boyzie Cekwana
Lance Gries
Annie-B Parson
Donna Uchizono

Musician Coordinator
Gilles Obermayer

Technical Director
Tricia Toliver

On Leave
Prof. Cochran (2013-2014)

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.