Director of Undergraduate Studies: Prof. Lynn Garafola; 854-9770
Departmental Administrator: Sandra Dos Santos; 854-2995
Departmental Office: 310 Barnard Hall; 854-2995
Professor of Professional Practice
Associate Professor of Professional Practice
Adjunct Associate Professor
Artists in Residence
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, typically enhanced by study in other disciplines. Students work with accomplished artists whose work enriches contemporary American dance; they also study with outstanding research scholars. Making, thinking about, and writing about art are an essential part of the liberal arts education. For this reason the Department of Dance offers technique courses for students of all levels of expertise, while opening 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.
GLOBAL AND SOMATIC FORMS
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.