Frequently Asked Questions
No. Admission to Swarthmore College is based on a student’s academic standing. Admitted students can take any dance course that is appropriate for their level.
Dance courses are open to all students and may be taken for academic or PE credit.
Please contact the Admissions Office to schedule a campus visit.
Yes. Once you have scheduled your campus visit please contact Susan Grossi (email@example.com) to confirm course details and to agree to an at-risk disclosure.
Class sizes vary from 5 to 30 students, with lower level technique courses tending to have the biggest population. Academic courses range from 5 to 15 students and performance classes from 5 to 25 students.
Studio practice courses in the Dance Program are open to all students regardless of prior experience. African I, Ballet I, Contemporary Modern I, Hip Hop I, Kalbeliya, Kathak, Taiko, Tap, and Yoga are open enrollment classes.
If you have prior experience in Ballet, Hip Hop, or Contemporary Modern Dance, you should attend placement class during orientation. If you are an upperclassman and missed placement but are interested in enrolling in an upper-level studio practice course, please email Olivia Sabee (firstname.lastname@example.org) to be placed during one of our regularly scheduled classes.
Most studio classes have a live accompanist. Hip Hop and Tap classes use recorded music.
There are two dance studios, the Troy Dance Lab and Boyer Dance Studio.
Our Ballet and Modern classes do not adhere to any single style. Our Ballet curriculum combines elements of the French, Italian, and Russian techniques, combining them with athleticism and contemporary vocabulary to challenge our students and prepare them to experience both classical and contemporary repertory. Our Modern classes are taught in a variety of styles depending on the semester and instructor and recently have ranged from Cunningham to release technique to Gaga.
You can take as many classes that fit into your schedule.
Yes, most Dance majors are double or special majors.
Yes! There is a Dance Concert at the end of each semester for our repertory students, composition students, senior projects and guest artists. Other opportunities are also available in collaboration with the Music Program and Theater Department. The College has several dance clubs on campus who also have performances each semester.
Dance major and minor graduates become professional dancers, choreographers, teachers, doctors, dance studies scholars, professors, physical therapists, and just about anything else you can imagine. Please visit our Alumni page to see what our former students are up to now.
Visit Student Health and Wellness in the Worth Health Center. If necessary, once you receive a prescription for physical therapy, you may seek treatment through the Athletic Trainers at the Swarthmore College Sports Medicine Department.