Swarthmore’s Dance program brings together a talented group of students to perform a global repertoire of dance styles and simultaneously engage in critical thinking and writing. Our vibrant and diverse community of artists and scholars pursue dance as a field of academic inquiry, artistic creation, and civic engagement. We offer special scholarships for our majors and minors to study specific styles with some of the finest master teachers and choreographers in Philadelphia or develop as art activists through immersion in an international or local community. Our students are often double majors or special majors in fields such as Anthropology, Classics, Art History, English, Education, as well as Biology and Psychology.
We welcome all students to join our dance community regardless of whether they are majors or minors in the program or have prior formal training in dance. The state of the art Lang Performing Arts Center and our spacious dance studios are always buzzing with concerts and rehearsals. The intimate Underhill library, dedicated only to the Department of Music and Dance, filled with books, articles, and DVDs, is the ideal nook to rest the dancing feet and discover the world of dance scholarship. Come join the journey!