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Dance activities at Carleton are designed to give students of all levels opportunities for active participation in three basic areas: technique, choreography and analysis, and performance. The broadest goal of these offerings is to increase understanding of the art of dance as a contribution to a liberal arts education and to connect theory and practice through embodied learning. Goals that are more specific are the development of a trained, articulate body, somatic research, and the awareness of Dance Studies as a way to understand contemporary issues and arts from a global perspective.

Study & Performance

Advanced students may apply to the Department of Theater and Dance for a special major in Dance. Acceptance to the program is based on personal interviews with faculty, auditions to establish class level, the submission of a short essay and a detailed schedule of required courses obtained from the department. The major requires one term's participation in an approved, off-campus conservatory program.

Classes in Modern Dance Technique and Ballet are offered on at least two levels during all terms. Other technique classes offered yearly are jazz, moving anatomy and contact improvisation. All courses may be taken any number of terms at the appropriate level.


All dance classes are offered in the dance studios of the Weitz Center for Creativity.


To learn about the Semaphore Repertory Dance Company click here