Dance and Movement Studies

The creative process will be at the core of your studies, which will focus equally on performance and scholarship. Formal and informal opportunities for performance abound. Each year students direct, choreograph, design, perform and produce as many as 10 productions. Faculty members and students produce two dance concerts choreographed by faculty and two or three plays directed by faculty.

Ben Goldman ’17

Arts, academics and Gregorian chant

When Ben Goldman ’17 visited Hamilton College, he says he met students who’d received College grants to do cool projects or attend conferences. “Now it’s going full circle; I’m getting funding to do a really cool project that I’m really passionate about,” says Goldman, who got a grant to travel to Quarr Abbey, on the Isle of Wight, to study Gregorian chant. Goldman, who majors in dance and sociology, picked Hamilton in part because it gave him the flexibility to combine the arts with more traditional academic interests.

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He came into Hamilton interested in theatre and musical theatre and has landed major roles in College Choir productions. Less expected was his passion for dance. “I really enjoy the arts and music and theatre and all this, but the dance department really grabbed me in a different way,” he says. Sociology grabbed him too. “And I realized that a lot of really, really important topics to me are really pursued and studied in sociology: socio-economic class, sexuality, gender, religion,” says Goldman, who is thinking about attending law school after he graduates.

Erin Brown '09

A graduate’s progress:
a company of her own

Erin Brown ’09 started dancing when she was 6 years old, majored in dance at Hamilton College and in 2013 launched her own dance company, the Noumenon Dance Experience, in Chicago.

She’s also working on a graduate degree in sports leadership. Her thesis is about the black influence in dance.

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“I went to a performing arts high school where they really encouraged us to enter the dance world professionally or attend a conservatory or major university and study dance,” Brown says. “I never wanted to attend a conservatory, and I feared that going to a large university I would get lost in the crowd. The thing that attracted me to a liberal arts school was the fact that I would receive a well-rounded education, and even though I was going in as a dance major, I would still have to challenge myself intellectually.”

The dance faculty at Hamilton, she says, “was amazing.”

“Elaine (Heekin) and Bruce (Walczyk) were very encouraging and I honestly don't think I would've made it through without their guidance,” she says.

Brown’s ultimate career goal – to choreograph a Broadway musical.