College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Performing Arts : Dance

Alfred University’s Dance Program offers students a rich and rewarding experience in the art of dancing and dance making. It is open to students of all levels, regardless of experience or past training, who want to include a dance practice in their academic experience.

The Program encourages cross-disciplinary work in collaboration with visual art, sound design, music, performance art, and theater - drawing from strengths unique and specific to Alfred University.

Those students who want to pursue deeper studies in dance can become dance minors. The dance minor is composition based and designed to develop artistry indance making, performance, and site specific performance. The program,open to students of all levels regardless of experience or past training,promotes excellence in dance, and encourages cross-disciplinary work with visual art,environmental studies,sound design, music, performance art, and theater - drawing from strengths unique and specific to Alfred University.Students have many professional level opportunities to perform and engage with the larger dance world, includingworking with world-class guest artists, and performing and choreographing for AU Dance Theater. Throughrigorousindividual and collaborative explorationsin dance, students develop skills that serve them as they pursue a variety of career and graduate school opportunities.

The Marlin and Ginger Miller Dance Residency Program brings nationally acclaimed dance companies, choreographers, and artists to AU, offering phenomenal opportunities for students to work and learn with artists of the highest caliber. Our guests have included the Brian Brooks Moving Company, Kyle Abraham Dance, Amy Smith / Headlong Dance and Jane Comfort.

Beyond the classroom, AU has a thriving student dance culture with a variety of dance clubs such as Middle Eastern Dance, Alfred to Asia, Swing Dance, and Alfred Steppas. Auditions for all productions and performance groups are open to all students, regardless of academic major or experience.

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What Students Say...

"I remember the actual day, the class here at Alfred, when I dedicated myself to dance. I am an artist, and I realized at that point that I express myself through the visual arts, but I experience myself, and the rest of the world, through dance."
- Danielle Smith
Dance Minor, Class of 2007