Hampshire offers a B.A. with a dance and movement concentration, individually designed by the student in close collaboration with the faculty.
Hampshire College is an acclaimed non-traditional school emphasizing student-initiated, multidisciplinary education. Passion and curiosity, originality and ownership, responsibility and commitment are nurtured through Hampshire's unique approach to education.
The Hampshire College dance program curriculum prepares students for advanced work in dance and movement studies. Students can concentrate in choreography and performance, or combine dance with other fields: theater, film, anthropology, psychology, kinesiology, education, religion. The program culminates in a rigorous, year-long independent project, such as choreographing and producing a concert of original work, or undertaking in-depth research and writing.
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. Alumni 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.
The Hampshire College Dance Program is a member of the distinguished Five College Dance Department, which includes the dance departments of Amherst, Hampshire, Mount Holyoke, and Smith colleges and the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Together these five celebrated dance programs create a comprehensive, coordinated curriculum, offering an exciting array of classes, performances, and special events not possible at any one school.
The Dance Program's facilities include two superb 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.