Dance at Oberlin is characterized by its commitment to experimentation and creation of original work. Student, faculty and visiting artist choreography is presented throughout the year in events ranging from fully produced proscenium concerts to adjudicated student concerts.


Our faculty are both scholars and teachers who devote their careers to making important contributions to their disciplines through writing and research. They are committed to undergraduate education and teach everything from first-year seminars to advanced courses.

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Department Overview

The Department of Dance functions within the liberal arts tradition. Though many of the students become successful dancers and choreographers, the emphasis in the department is on encouraging students to create, perform, and think about movement in a manner that is consonant with their experience in the other fine and liberal arts.

The department is characterized by its commitment to experimentation and to the creation of original work. Student, faculty, and guest artist choreography is presented throughout the year in formal concerts, and in a regular series of showcases. Outstanding resources for artistic collaboration with student and faculty directors, designers, composers, musicians, and video artists are readily available in the Conservatory of Music, the Cinema Studies Program, and the Departments of Theater and Art.

Dance majors have opportunities to study off campus in Oberlin affiliated programs in New York that focus on theater and dance. These include the Trinity/La MaMa Performing Arts Program, the GLCA (Great Lakes Colleges Association) Arts Program, and the Tisch School of the Arts, as well as the Laban Centre in London.

Upcoming Dance Events

Dance News

Moving Bodies and Social Justice

February 16, 2021

Oberlin College and the Five Colleges of Ohio present “Moving Bodies and Social Justice,” a series of virtual presentations and workshops developed to explore new curricula and pedagogical approaches that will engage all bodies who want to move within dance communities.
Six dancers perform contemporary group movement

This Week in Photos: March 4

March 4, 2020

Alumni journalist and authors, the first black woman to stage an opera in the United States is honored, and TIMARA students who turn words of gratitude into works of audible art at a nearby hospital are just some of the features in this week’s photo series.
A row of seated students on a stage.

Dance Facilities

Eric Baker Nord Performing Arts Annex

The Eric Baker Nord Performing Arts Annex brings together these three theaters to allow the Department of Theater to stage a range of productions—from experimental works to full-scale plays.
exterior view of performing arts annex

Hall Auditorium

This 501-seat theater is used for large-scale opera, drama, and dance productions.
Hall Auditorium

Irene and Alan Wurtzel Theater

The Irene and Alan Wurtzel Theater is part of the Eric Baker Nord Performing Arts Annex. The accessible and highly adaptable theater can accommodate up to 300 seats.
stage and seating area of wurtzel theater

Warner Center

Originally built as a gymnasium in 1901, Warner Center is now home to Oberlin's theater and dance programs. On the first floor are faculty offices and spacious acting studios.
Warner Center