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About the Major

The creative process is at the core of Hamilton’s dance and movement studies program, which focuses equally on performance and scholarship. Theory-based courses, which cover a spectrum of disciplines and styles, explore the human body from an anthropological, physiological, psychological, and even philosophical point of view. Faculty emphasize ideas, imagination, problem-solving, spontaneity, discipline, cooperation, and commitment. Students enjoy ample opportunities to work alongside their instructors and independently on directing, choreographing, performing, and producing. 

Students Will Learn To:

  • Demonstrate proficiency in joint and muscular analysis through tests of demonstrated movements
  • Critique their choreographic projects in an oral presentation or paper addressing both the process and finished work as it reflects their original intent
  • Discuss dance from a historical perspective as a reflective lens of the time period

A Sampling of Courses

Student cultural organizations

Kinesiology

An investigation of the musculoskeletal system and use of biomechanical principles to improve efficiency of motor behavior. Emphasis on joint, muscular and alignment analysis. Lectures, discussions and practical application of movement concepts.

Explore these select courses:

Observing, analyzing and recording movement using Laban's principles. Emphasis on cultural and aesthetic concepts of movement as a system of communication. Investigation of alignment techniques, movement behavior and kinesiological principles.

An investigation into the relationship between martial arts and dance emphasizing the abstraction of movements of self-defense into dance. The study of many cultures that utilize body awareness and movement efficiency in their performance and fighting forms. A major component is the implementation of impact weapons such as olisi (Philippines/Malaysia) and the jo (Japan).

Study of the history of ballet from the Imperial Ballet of the Tsars to the present. Study of Diaghilev's Ballets Russes, the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo, New York City Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, the Royal Ballet of England and the Kirov and Bolshoi of Russia. Examination of aesthetic principles and their influence on the development of modern ballet. Study of dancers, choreographers, composers and visual artists associated with the ballet world.

The application of fundamentals from 305 to more complex choreographic work, incorporating set, props, costume and text. Exploration and analysis of other art forms as related to dance composition.

Meet Our Faculty

Elaine Heekin

Chair and Professor of Dance and Movement Studies

eheekin@hamilton.edu

choreography, Pilates for dance, movement analysis

Bruce Walczyk

Professor of Dance and Movement Studies

bwalczyk@hamilton.edu

martial arts and dance, kinesiology, and choreography

Richard Lloyd '73

Lecturer in Dance and Movement Studies

rlloyd@hamilton.edu

Julia Shove

Lecturer in Dance and Movement Studies

jshove@hamilton.edu

Paris Wilcox '95

Lecturer in Dance and Movement Studies

pwilcox@hamilton.edu

ballet

Explore Hamilton Stories

Faby Alvarez '22 presents a dance workshop to Japanese high school students in 2019.

Building Connections Across Cultures

An interest in Japanese language and culture led Faby Alvarez ’22 to participate in the 72nd Japan-America Student Conference (JASC), a program that brings students from the two countries together to research, study, and discuss Japan-U.S. relations across a breadth of topics.

Katie McMorrow '20

The Dance Studio or the Lab? This Junior Claims Both Spaces

She gets a lot of questions about her majors — neuroscience and dance — because they seem divergent, but in a classroom discussion Katie McMorrow ’20 discovered kindred academic spirits who didn’t need to ask about the combination.

Jackson Bedward '21, left, in a Hamilton dance production.

A Custom Equation: Knot Theory, Dance, and a Summer Job

A couple of delayed flights gave Jackson Bedward ’21 plenty of airport time to kill as he made his way from Fort Worth, Texas, back to Hamilton College after a break.

Careers After Hamilton

Hamilton graduates who concentrated in dance and movement studies are pursuing careers in a variety of fields, including:

  • Professional Dancer, Antaeus Dance Company
  • Policy Advisor, U.S. Treasury Department
  • Dance Professor, Ohio University
  • Latin Dance Instructor, LatinEmotion, Cypress
  • World Dance/Martial Arts Teacher, San Lorenzo Unified Schools
  • Pediatric Resident, Emory University Hospital
  • Director of Development, Jose Mateo Ballet Theatre
  • Marketing Assistant, Random House
  • Public Relations Manager, New York City Ballet
  • Adjunct Dance Professor, Lake Erie College
  • Owner, Kimmotion Pilates

Contact

Department Name

Dance and Movement Studies Department

Office Location
198 College Hill Road
Clinton, NY 13323

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