Jun 12, 2024  
Course Catalog 2023-2024 
Course Catalog 2023-2024 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]


Alysia Ramos, Associate Professor of Dance; chair

Rohini Acharya, Visiting Instructor of Dance
Ann Cooper Albright, Professor of Dance
Talise A. Campbell, Visiting Assistant Professor of Africana Studies and Dance
Al S. Evangelista, Assistant Professor of Dance
Holly R. Handman-Lopez, Assistant Professor of Dance
Amy M. Larson, Lecturer of Dance
Eric A. Steggall, Lecturer and Managing Director of Dance and Theater

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The Department of Dance at Oberlin College encourages students to create, perform, and think about movement in a manner that is consonant with their experience in the other fine and liberal arts.

Dance at Oberlin 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 both in formal concerts and in our regular series of showcases. Outstanding resources for artistic collaboration with student and faculty directors, designers, composers, musicians, and video artists may be found in various other college departments and programs, such as theater, cinema studies, and studio art, as well as in the Conservatory of Music.

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Majors and Minors


The curriculum offers various approaches to the study of movement, from creation and performance to physical techniques, critical inquiry, and somatic studies.

Movement classes are offered in a range of genres and levels in order to support the physical, intellectual, and imaginative process of becoming a dance artist. These courses serve all students, including those who wish to explore dance as part of their broader education, those pursuing dance in combination with related arts, and those who intend to enter the dance field professionally.

Students have the opportunity to explore somatic studies through courses that focus on alignment, movement integration, and meditative practice. The concentration in somatic studies offers an excellent preparation for a lifetime of personal health and work in a broad range of therapeutic fields.

The dance department also provides a focus in critical inquiry. These courses examine the historical contexts and theoretical frameworks of a variety of dance traditions while encouraging students’ intellectual curiosity and willingness to explore new ideas. The practice of research and writing about dance in its cultural contexts develops an appreciation of dance as both an artistic and a sociological phenomenon.