Chair of the Department of Dance: Debra J. Fernandez
Professor: Debra J. Fernandez
Associate Professor: Mary DiSanto-Rose
Assistant Professors: Sarah DiPasquale, Jason Ohlberg
Senior Artist-in-Residence: Mary Harney
Artist-in-Residence: Eric Otto
Full-time Lecturer: Erika Pujič
Part-time Lecturers: Tina Baird, Megan DelPrete, David Otto, Laura Feig Otto, Christy Williams
Music Director: Carl Landa
Accompanists: Carol Ann Elze-Sussdorff, Patricia Hadfield, Elizabeth Woodbury Kasius
Technical Director, Lighting Designer, and Manager: Lori Dawson
Stage Manager: Jessica M. Thomas
Dance Department Administrative Assistants: Ellen Grandy
The mission of the Dance Department is to link critical thinking, historical perspective, and creative discovery with the distinct skills derived from physically-sound studio practice, performance, and research. Skidmore provides a rigorous four-year experience that enables students to pursue the major or minor in a way that effectively supports their personal goals and ambitions.
Students pursue the major through one of two tracks: Performance/Choreography or Dance Research. Both tracks represent a combined course of study that includes intensive dance technique, history/criticism, research skills, improvisation, and composition classes. Both tracks lead to a Bachelor of Science degree, preparing students for a career in the fields of performance, choreography, dance education, dance therapies, arts administration, dance criticism, and research.
Over 70% of students in the department are double majors and many dancers design senior thesis projects that successfully and meaningfully align their double majors, demonstrating a commitment to both artistic excellence and interdisciplinary studies in dance. Recent graduates have earned degrees in both dance and exercise science, art history, English, theater, computer science, psychology, government, neuroscience, and biology (pre-med). Regardless of whether you major or minor, classes and performances are open to everyone. The Department is rooted in the belief that dance is an inclusive art, available for ALL bodies to practice.
In addition to our exceptional faculty & staff, students are regularly exposed to an impressive roster of guest artists and choreographers who represent a broad spectrum of the dance world. The Dance Department hosts annual workshops, master classes, guest lectures, and artist residencies where students learn from the work of historic and internationally acclaimed artists as well as contemporary innovators who are currently defining the professional field.
DA 105 - Dance Conditioning
(technique related topics)
Dance Technique Courses
DA 101 , DB 111 , DM 111 , DB 211 , DM 211 , DA 212 , DB 212 , DM 212 , DA 213 , DA 214 , DA 215 , DA 217 , DA 218 , DB 311 , DM 311 , DA 312 , DA 313 , DA 314 , DA 315 , DA 317 , DA 318 , DB 320 , DB 351 , DM 351 , DB 352 , DB 353 ,
DB 393 , DM 393 , DB 394 , DM 394 , DM 395 , DM 396
, , , DA 227 , DA 228 , DA 230 , DA 274 , DA 276 , DA 277 , DA 278 , DA 279 , , DA 327 , DA 328 , DA 335 , DA 340 , DA 371 A-D (theory related topics), , DA 375 , DA 399