Dance Program

Hampshire offers a B.A. with a dance and movement concentration, individually designed by the student in close collaboration with the faculty.

Curriculum

The Hampshire College Dance Program welcomes students with a broad range of interests in dance, movement, and the body, and prepares students for advanced work in dance and movement studies. In addition to focusing on choreography and performance, students often combine dance and movement studies with other areas (video, anthropology, psychology, kinesiology, theater, education, religion, urban design, architecture, visual arts, film, community-engaged practice, social justice). Div III students undertake rigorous year-long independent projects. These might manifest as performance and installations of original work accompanied by scholarly research, in-depth dance/move­ment research, interdisciplinary projects, or a combination of these

Five College Dance

The Hampshire Dance Program is a member of Five College Dance, which includes the dance departments/programs of Amherst, Hampshire, Mount Holyoke, and Smith colleges and the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Each school offers its own distinctive program while collaborating as a uniquely rich inter-campus consortium with abundant possibilities for dance students, including an exciting array of classes, performances, and special events. 

Five College Dance

Facilities

The Dance Program's facilities include two sprung-floor dance studios, one of which converts into a fully equipped performance space, state-of-the art sound and video equipment, and a substantial dance video and film collection.

Both the small and main dance studios and the faculty offices are found in the Music and Dance Building in the Charles and Polly Longsworth Arts Village.

Alums

Hampshire College Dance Program students and alumni are recognized for their intelligent and ground-breaking experimentation, their independence and innovation, and their commitment to service. Alums perform in major dance companies, direct their own dance companies, teach in schools and studios. They pursue careers as dance therapists, physical therapists, and body-workers. They are dance critics, arts administrators, and scholars. They include Bessie Award winners and Fulbright Grant recipients.