Springfield College Dance

Springfield College Dance

Hello and Welcome to Dance at Springfield College. I am excited to introduce you to our programs and I thank you in advance for your interest in Springfield.

The dance major and minor are important programs within the Department of Visual and Performing Arts, which also offers programs in visual art, art therapy, computer graphics, animation, theater and music. At the heart of all programs within the department is the mission to develop emerging artists as leaders in their fields. Students prepare for professional careers as performers, choreographers, dance educators, dance therapists and more. The dance major is a comprehensive, flexible, liberal arts program that allows students to make choices in designing their own curriculum towards effective career preparation. The dance program aims to develop the highest potential within each student. The majority of our graduates find highly satisfying work in dance or related fields. And for those who continue on to pursue graduate studies, most succeed in getting into the school of their choice. Some have earned Master of Fine Arts degrees in dance at the most competitive schools.

Springfield provides a warm, supportive, yet challenging learning environment where students develop their technical skills, critical thinking and artistic abilities with many opportunities for practical applications. Students are mentored by highly qualified faculty members who are professional, experienced dance artist-educators. Dance training in ballet, modern, and jazz is at the core of the dance major as well as courses in dance history, teaching dance, Laban Movement Analysis, choreography, performance, yoga, dance therapy and fieldwork. There are many opportunities to perform in professional, faculty, reconstructed masterworks and student choreography. There is also the option to take a five-week faculty-led, summer study abroad dance course in Perugia, Italy which focuses on the origins of ballet during the Italian Renaissance.

Springfield is located in the Pioneer Valley just north of Hartford, Connecticut and within easy driving distance from Boston and New York City. The location allows for regular hosting of a diversity of guest artists and provides exposure to contemporary professionals and a wide range of styles. Each year, students participate fully in the New England Region American College Dance Conference. This year we will bring a commissioned work by James Morrow to the festival at Boston University in February.

We are pleased to accept your application via GetAcceptd.com. It is also recommended (if possible) that you participate in an on-campus Open House or an extended visit, perhaps for a “shadow day” or overnight with one of our dance majors. Visiting students are immediately impressed with the quality and character of campus life.

Let me know if I can arrange a visit to campus where you could observe or participate in a class, meet dance students and faculty members. Then, you can see for yourself what an exciting place this is to study dance. You can also arrange a visit to campus through our Admissions Office at any time.

Yours in dance,

Dr. Cynthia Nazzaro,
Director of Dance   
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