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Dance Major

Explore dance as a performing art and discover how movement studies inform your view of the human experience.

The major and minor in dance explore the movement and beauty of the human body through modern and non-Western dance, ballet, composition, repertory and performance—involving elements of theatre, music, design and the visual arts.

Students choose one of two areas of emphasis: Performance Studies or Movement Studies. In the performance emphasis, you’ll study technique at the advanced level, culminating in a senior choreography/performance project; in movement studies, you’ll have the opportunity to combine areas of interest in other disciplines (biology, neuroscience, anthropology, for example) with added focus on anatomy,  body mechanics and motion.

Dance students develop and refine concentration skills, observational and analytical abilities, and capacities for working with broad aesthetic concepts and fine details while developing their creative instincts. 

In class with Professor Laurie Cameron
In class with Professor Laurie Cameron
Student dance recital rehearsal
Student dance recital rehearsal
Class in African Dance
Class in African Dance
In class with Professor Anthony Shay
In class with Professor Anthony Shay

What You’ll Study

    • Courses in modern dance and ballet techniques
    • History of American concert dance or world dance
    • One course in anatomy and kinesiology
    • One course in composition
    • Senior project or thesis, depending on your concentration
Choose from eight classes dedicated to dance traditions from around the world.

Performing at Pomona

“Under Repair” Naila Perez-Stringari ’19

An independent study and the foundation for a movement workshop in which dance is used to regain a sense of safety within one’s own body following the trauma of sexual assault.

“An Unwilling Prophet”: Ilana Cohen ’16

“How articulate can I be without using words? What could make a dance ‘Jewish’? Can I get new information from a story by dancing it?”

Naila Perez-Stringari  ’19
Naila Perez-Stringari ’19

Studying dance at Pomona is so exciting because I am encouraged to go beyond my technical training and recognize movement as multidimensional form of expression. From studying the role of movement in historical and religious traditions around the world, to discussing how dance can be used as both a physical and emotional healing tool, I have cultivated a holistic understanding of the body inside and outside the studio.

Faculty & Teaching

The Pomona College dance faculty is comprised of professional dancers, choreographers, researchers and scholars. These experts bring years of performance and study to challenge students to master technical skills, express themselves creatively and introduce them to a variety of styles and approaches. 

Professor Laurie Cameron

Dance and movement studies give students the opportunity to express themselves holistically, bringing body, mind and spirit together to create art, engage in exciting interdisciplinary study, and participate in healthy recreational activities that they can enjoy for the rest of their lives.