Dance Courses for Everyone
It is not necessary to be a Dance Minor to take a dance course. Dance courses are available for beginners, intermediate, and advanced students in areas including ballet, modern dance, jazz dance, and dance composition. All courses are three credits and include a complementary academic component that may focus on dance history, dance criticism, or dance injury. Most courses fulfill the Fine Arts core requirement for the College. Please see catalog for complete listing.
The PC Dance Company has about 25 members and holds auditions each fall at the beginning of the semester. Dance Company members typically dance about 8-10 hours each week, mostly in the evenings. There is a mandatory Company class once each week, and rehearsals throughout the semester. Choreography is done by faculty, guest artists, and students. Although the predominant style of the Company is modern dance, both jazz dance and ballet are also important. Company class is taught by faculty and guest artists, in order to expose students to a range of styles and teaching approaches.
The Dance Club is open to all students; no audition is necessary. This student-run organization meets once a week for a 1-hour dance class. These student-taught classes vary in style from ballet to hip hop to salsa. There are also performance opportunities for those who are interested in dedicating additional time to rehearsal.
Other Dance Opportunities
Opportunities outside the department include Dance Team, cultural clubs, aerobics classes, and recreational classes sponsored by student groups.