The dance program at Drew University is a balance between learning and honing basic technique skills with choreographic collaboration and creativity. The technique classes offered are, Ballet, Movement for the Musical Stage and Contemporary Dance and Movement. Each focus on the fundamental basics of alignment and coordination mixed with the artistic interpretation and performance aspect of the given genre of dance that is being focused on. All classes encourage not only technical development, but a historical appreciation for the studied genre of that semester. Classes include a somatic approach with a strong foundation in anatomical principles which promote healthy as well as artistic movement.
The choreography class is also offered both semesters. Students must complete at least one technique class or participate in a dance show before joining the choreography class in the fall. The fall semester is designed to foster and nurture collaboration, teamwork, and performance from all members of the class. All of the choreographers are also dancers for each other’s pieces. The spring semester is a time for choreographers to work on their own pieces independently, while still being able to perform in other’s pieces for the dance performance. The class is taught in a way that encourages constructive criticism as well as positive affirmations. There is also a dance history portion of the class where the students watch performances both live and in video form, research, and write about choreographers from all genres of dance.
The dance program also hosts a guest artist in the spring who teaches a master class as well as a performance for the Drew community. Recent internationally known performers include Lava, Momix, Claire Porter, Eiko and Koma, Roseanne Spradlin, Guta Hedwig and Erick Hawkins Dance Company.
To see the full list of requirements for the Dance minor, as well as courses currently offered, see the course catalog.