Dance and Movement Studies
The goal of the Dance and Movement Studies Department is to help students find and develop their own voices and identities through classes, workshops, projects, and productions that consider dance from creative, technical, historical, and scientific contexts.
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:
- Learn the fundamentals of movement through coursework in technique
- Develop a vocabulary enabling them to analyze, discuss, and write about a wide range of dance and movement practices
- Apply these concepts and principles in performance and the creation of original work including in solo and group performance, choreography, and improvisation
- Develop an understanding of dance and movement in a broader cultural context
A Sampling of Courses
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.
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Meet Our Faculty
Chair and Professor of Music, Associate Chair of Dance and Movement Studies
orchestral repertoire and conducting; ballet and opera conducting; trombone and low brass; solo performance; 20th- and 21st-century music
Explore Hamilton Stories
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. The highly competitive program emphasizes building connections across cultures through reflective, educational conversations.
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