Dance Concentration & Minor
The Performing Arts major – Dance concentration and the Dance minor are designed to challenge students whether they are novices exploring a new world or seasoned dancers furthering their quest for new dance genres.
Multifaceted Program Keeps You Moving Toward Your Goals
Stonehill dance students experience creative thinking through composition and physical expression, build self-esteem, learn teamwork and presentation skills, and develop an appreciation of the art form that can be a lifetime experience.
Introductory classes such as Dance Technique offer a compilation of dance styles while more advanced classes, such as Ballet II and Advanced Jazz Dance, allow students to refine their techniques and challenge themselves.
Students also have the opportunity to help others through an outreach program that pairs Stonehill dance students with children in the local Brockton school districts. Using dance techniques to teach movement exercises, the Stonehill students and their mentees together choreograph and perform a dance show at the end of the semester.
Performing Arts, B.A., Dance Concentration
The Performing Arts major with a concentration in Dance requires the completion of nine courses plus three semesters in dance company or dance company, production.
The Dance minor requires the completion of 18 credits.
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The Stonehill College Dance Company provides performing experience for qualified students through participation in a company that reflects the spirit of the College. The company is comprised of auditioned dancers who learn choreography from well-known area choreographers and perform in various venues on and off campus throughout the semester. Individual creative expression is emphasized.
Clubs and Organizations
Although not affiliated with the Visual & Performing Arts Department, these student organizations are geared toward students interested in dance.
The Dance Club welcomes all students interested in the art of dance to learn various dance routines. The Dance Club hosts a semester recital once a semester so the campus community may enjoy the work of the club.
The Stonehill College Dance Team is an intercollegiate team that practices weekly with a goal of competing at and placing in various dance competitions across the country. Tryouts are held each semester. Each year the team also competes at NDA College Nationals.
Internships & Graduate Outcomes
Stonehill students of dance have many opportunities for internships in arts administration. Two recent internship placements were at Urbanity Dance Co. in Boston and Alison Cook Beatty Dance Co. in New York City.
Students have combined dance with their science curriculum to form degrees that can be used in graduate studies of dance movement analysis and kinesiology.
Career Development Resources
The Stonehill Career Development team offers extensive assistance to students seeking employment, pursuing advanced studies or participating in postgraduate service opportunities. By completing internships and utilizing mentors, students are empowered to build lifelong career management skills.
Visual & Performing Arts Specific Career Resources
- Extensive on-campus recruiting program for internships and entry-level positions
- Annual career fairs
- Various industry-specific career lunches – arts administration, nonprofits
- Externships and internships in New York, Los Angeles, and Washington, D.C. (weeklong and semesterlong programs).
- Boston Interactive Web Designer
- Cengage Learning Associate Content Project Manager
- Gibbes Museum of Art Membership Coordinator
- New Hampshire Historical Society Education Programs Coordinator
- Smithsonian Institution Education Specialist
Compassionate Leadership Through the Arts
The Arts Outreach program pairs under-served children from the nearby city of Brockton with Stonehill mentors. Because most of the Stonehill students who participate have little experience in art, the projects they undertake – ranging from photography and videography to painting and sometimes dance – provide an opportunity for the mentors and mentees to learn and do something new together.