Performing is a central aspect of the Swarthmore Dance Program experience. A wide variety of venues for performance exist: both formal and informal, on stages and in alternate spaces, live choreography as well as choreography mediated by computer animation and videography. Many styles are represented in all Program opportunities including: African, Ballet, Improvisation, Kathak, Modern, Taiko, Tap, and Yoga along with master classes in other techniques. Each year guest artist choreographers augment the offerings directed by regular faculty and students (who may be majors, minors, or simply students with an interest in making dances as part of their curricular work).
Six to seven repertory courses are offered each year in the styles listed above. Some of those courses are geared toward the beginning student while others are restricted to those with previous experience in a style. Each year, five to seven curricular performances take place. In addition to rotating repertory experiences, the Program also has three continuing groups: The Dance and Drum Ensemble, Taiko Repertory, and Gamelan Semara Santi.