Each year the Dance Program hosts performances, residencies, lectures, and master classes with distinguished dance companies and experienced performers from around the world. We invite visiting performers to lead master classes in dance, host research panels on dance in academics, and share their choreography with student performance classes. Through funding from the on-campus William J. Cooper Foundation we also regularly sponsor visits by a wide variety of professional dance companies and individual artists, bringing between four and six per academic year. An effort is made to rotate genres represented so that over the course of four years students are able to develop literacy regarding individual cultural dance expressions as well as the relationships between them. Students are also encouraged to make proposals to the Cooper Foundation to sponsor groups of their interest.