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.



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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 including 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


Fiesta Flamenca

7:00 pm
Spanish House (La Casa Hispánica; Harvey House)

Dance News

25 Years of Dance Diaspora

March 13, 2017
The Cleveland native began her dancing career at the age of three, and while she started out in classical ballet, she later transitioned into the modern dance and Afro-modern styles during her...