Dance | Springfield College

Dance

Major or Minor
Bachelor of Arts
About This Program
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Curriculum and Delivery
  • Our Experiential Major Map helps you visualize and design your journey
  • Courses offered on campus in Springfield, Mass.
  • One-on-one mentoring from highly qualified, passionate, and dedicated faculty members
  • Opportunity to double major
  • Partnership with the internationally renowned Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival
  • Opportunities to study abroad
  • Gain performance experience through our touring company (New England, Boston, New York City) as well as opportunities to work with world renowned choreographers
  • Major sample schedule
  • Minor sample schedule
Career Opportunities

Top professional fields where alumni work:

  • Artistic Director
  • Choreographer
  • Dance Educator
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Physical Therapist 
  • Recreational Therapist
  • Studio Owner
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We offer a dual degree Dance/Pre-PT to DPT

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The Dance major and minor programs at Springfield College are challenging, dynamic, diverse, and consistently on the edge of contemporary trends in dance. Our emphasis is on educating the whole person in spirit, mind, and body. 

In our dance major, you’ll develop your individuality, creativity, dance knowledge, and technique while preparing for a career in dance, a related field, or graduate programs in dance education, dance/movement therapy, somatics, or similar studies. 


Springfield College Partnership with Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival
Through the College partnership with Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, dance students have year-round, complete access to live performances, the festival dance archives, lectures, workshops, interviews, and in-person networking with international artists in residence. Dance students also have the opportunity to attend summer workshops and/or obtain internships at Jacob’s Pillow for college credit.


Auditions
Auditions are required. Auditions take place in the dance studio on the Springfield College campus, they may also coincide with an undergraduate open house.

BA Dance students are required to audition by March 1 in person or via video submission

Dance/Pre-PT to DPT students are required to audition by February 1 in person or via video submission

"The Dance program at Springfield College offers an amazing opportunity to grow as a dancer and a person. You get to learn so many new things about dance and the community of dancers is amazing." Haylee Ritter, BA in Dance, Class of 2025
Haylee Ritter - Springfield College
"The Springfield College Dance Program supported and ignited my passion for dance by allowing me to grow as an artist and individual, while also offering opportunities for professional development as an artist and aspiring dance medicine physical therapist." Alexandra MacPherson ’20 (dual major in dance and physical therapy)
Alexandra Macpherson dancing
"I am not just teaching students; I am molding future artists and educators who have the power to influence and change our future. Movement and dance is a language that transcends, heals, informs, challenges and speaks to all nations and people—that is truly powerful." Sarah Zehnder
Sarah Zehnder, professor of dance, participating in a dance performance.

Auditions

Spring Auditions dates

Spring auditions will  be hosted on Wednesday, February 21 and Thursday, February 22 with the following schedules. The audition is required. Class observation is optional:

Wednesday, February 21, 2024
10 - 11:30 a.m. - Observe West African Dance Class (optional)
12 - 1:15 p.m.  - Observe Hip-hop and House Class (optional)
1:30 - 3 p.m.  - Observe Dance Repertory Company class (optional)
3 - 4:15 p.m. - Audition

Thursday, February 22, 2024
10:50 a.m. - 12:05 p.m. - Observe Laban Movement Analysis (optional)
1:15 - 2:30 p.m. - Observe Dance History (optional)
2:40 - 4:10 p.m. - Modern/Contemporary Technique Class (Audition during this class)

What to expect at auditions? Prepare to wear clothes that clearly show your alignment; dance pants are recommended over tights or shorts. You will dance barefoot, and the audition style will be contemporary forms.


Please email admissions@springfieldcollege.edu to register for an audition.

*Contact Undergraduate Admissions at admissions@springfield.edu to arrange an alternative in-person audition. For anyone unable to attend an in-person audition, video auditions also may be submitted.

Instructions for video submissions:

  1. 30-second introduction (tell us a little bit about yourself)
  2. 2-3 minute solo in any style that best showcases you as a dancer (all styles welcomed and encouraged)
  3. Create an unlisted or private Vimeo or YouTube link (if private, please include password) and send to Undergraduate Admissions, at admissions@springfield.edu by the deadline listed above. 
CommUnity Dance Concert

December 8-10   
Friday and Saturday, 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, 3 p.m.   
Appleton Auditorium, Fuller Arts Center

Join us for an exciting evening of faculty and guest artist works featuring the Springfield College Dancers and special guests. The concert will feature two new choreographic works by internationally renowned guest artists, Monica Bill Barnes and Andrea Miller, Artistic Director and Choreographer of Gallim Dance. 

Since Monica Bill Barnes’ founding in 1997, Monica Bill Barnes’ choreography has been seen in many places, such as New York City’s Bowling Green public fountain, on stage at Carnegie Hall, throughout the galleries of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and in director Greta Gerwig’s film Little Women. Barnes started collaborating with Robbie Saenz de Viteri in 2013 at which point the company adopted the motto of “bringing dance where it doesn’t belong.”

Andrea Miller is a creator and collaborator for dance, film, fashion, and the visual arts. Miller is known for her exploration of the essential elements of human behavior and the alchemy of human expression through the medium of movement and performance. Miller is a Guggenheim, Sadler's Wells, New York City Center, and Princess Grace Fellow, and was featured in Forbes as an entrepreneur and leader in the dance world.

The evening will also feature a diverse array of works by Springfield College dance faculty.

Tickets: 

  • General admission: $10
  • students: $5
  • senior citizens and children: $3

Simpson Fine Arts Schedule

Dance at Springfield College

Take a look inside the Dance Program at Springfield and what makes it unique. 

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LIFE AS A DANCE MAJOR
Study what you love

Have a passion for dance? Students in this major study dance in depth and prepare for a career in dance or a related field. Read about Alexandra MacPherson's '21, DPT '23 experience as a double major in Dance and Physical Therapy. 

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LIFE AS A DANCE MAJOR
Get moving

Dance students are often involved in performances that are part of our William Simpson Fine Arts Series

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LIFE AS A DANCE MAJOR
Enjoy your studio

As a dance major, you'll be able to practice in our expansive dance studio space, right on campus. 

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LIFE AS A DANCE MAJOR
Pursue your passion

The dance major gives students many opportunities to develop their individuality, creativity, dance knowledge, and technique.

Meet the Dance Faculty 

  • Sarah     
    Zehnder

    Springfield College - Sarah Zehnder 

    Director of Dance

    Sarah Zehnder is an NYC-based dance artist. Her company, Zehnder Dance, was established in 2010 and is known for commanding physicality, boldness, and architectural precision. It has been produced nationwide, performing in such prestigious festivals as Jacob’s Pillow Inside/Out, Reverb International Dance Festival, Pasadena Dance Festival, DUMBO Dance Festival, the MAD Festival, Midwest RAD Festival, and the Women in Dance Project (NYC and Chicago). Her work has been presented at Dixon Place, Ailey Citigroup Theatre, Manhattan Movement and Arts Center, Gowanus Arts, Triskelion Arts Center, 92nd Y, Greenspace, and the Center for Performance Research. 

    Read Sarah's profile

  • Tatiana     
    Desardouin

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    Tatiana Desardouin is of Haitian origin, born and raised in Switzerland, and a professional dancer, dance instructor, dance consultant, choreographer, organizer, curator, and culture bearer with a Master's degree as an adult educator from the University of Geneva. Tatiana is very involved in the growth of the Swiss hip-hop scene and has been teaching and mentoring since 2005. She is the director and choreographer of Passion Fruit Dance Company, a street dance theater and educational company which she founded in 2016. The company's mission is to explore the human experience, address social issues such as racism, and strive to inspire young artists to share their voices. 

    Read Tatiana's Profile

  • Iddi     
    Saaka

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    Iddi Saaka is an award-winning West African dance and music performance artist and teacher who specializes in Ghanaian dance and music as well as contemporary dance. Saaka holds a Diploma (with distinction) from the University of Ghana and an MFA in Dance from the University of California, Los Angeles. He has performed and taught nationally and internationally in several venues including Los Angeles, New York, Connecticut, North Carolina, Florida, Israel, Ghana, Burkina Faso, and Guinea. In 2003, he performed for the president of Israel. He has created original multifaceted works that address the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Ghana and Malawi and has worked with youths in detention centers across Connecticut as well as with physically challenged youth in Israel, using dance and music to equip them with lifelong skills such as anger management, respect for cultural diversity, and self-dignity. 

    Read Iddi's Profile

  • Maureen     
    Shea

     

     

    Maureen Shea is a dance artist, researcher, and Pilates instructor. Originally from Canada, Maureen graduated from the Professional Performance program in Contemporary Dance in 2001 at The School of Dance (Ottawa) and danced for choreographers Sylvie Desrosiers, Yvonne Coutts, and Marc Boivin. Maureen founded the Grasshoppa Dance Exchange in 2002 to create and perform dance works in public spaces for unsuspecting audiences. In 2007 she moved to Massachusetts and continued to develop her choreographer’s voice, primarily by teaching creative contemporary dance for children and by creating dozens of dances that were performed in local community settings. In 2018, she began the Master of Arts program in the dance department at the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQÀM) where she is currently completing her thesis on the subject of Movement-observation analysis (MOA) as an observation tool for Pilates instructors.

    Read Maureen's Profile

  • Kodee     
    Van Nort

     

     

    Kodee Van Nort began her dance experience on the plains of Western Nebraska with Vaudeville veteran, Iris Besaw. Kodee has an extensive background in dance including a Bachor of Arts in Theater and Dance from the University of Wyoming and a Master of Fine Arts in dance performance, choreography, and pedagogy from Sam Houston State University. During her performing career, she was able to explore a variety of roles from ballet to musicals and theater. Kodee has shared her passion for dance with students at the University of Wyoming, Western Nebraska Community College, Western Oregon University, Sam Houston State University, Austin Dance Company, University of Kentucky, Contemporary Dance Theater, Cincinnati Ballet, Miami Valley Ballet Theatre, and St. Xavier High School. Kodee serves on the Ohio Dance board, is an active member of the National Dance Education Organization, and is a Language of Dance Master Practitioner.

    Read Kodee's Profile

  • Angela     
    Vital-Martowski

     

     

    Angela Vital-Martowski was a University of Massachusetts Amherst Chancellor’s Award recipient and received her certificate in ballet Pedagogy from the Hartt School at the University of Hartford. She is trained in the Vaganova technique. Combining dance and fitness has become a passion and she is certified in all forms of Zumba, Barre Method, and Hoop fitness. Angela has been teaching for over 20 years all over New England, including in her own studio, The Dance Studio of Wilbraham,  where she has been the artistic director for 18 years. Vital-Martowski is a member of The National Dance Education Organization, National Dance Week and Corp de Ballet (an organization for ballet in higher education). She has been a part of the Springfield College faculty for 13 years teaching ballet and mentoring and hosting interns from the College dance program. 

     

    Read Angela's Profile

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William Simpson Fine Arts Series

Celebrate the arts

The William Simpson Fine Arts Series entertains and inspires. Experience the arts with magnificent work from artists and performers from both inside and outside the Springfield College community. Attendees will be dazzled by dance performances and theater presentations, captivated by art exhibitions and thought-provoking film, and delighted by concerts and literary events.

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Our curriculum is designed in faithfulness to the Springfield College mission and to further strengthen the Humanics philosophy of educating students in spirit, mind, and body.

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The Academic Success Center offers readily and easily accessible services including support in writing, mathematics, science, subject area tutoring, learning strategies and time management counseling, and assistance for students with documented disabilities.

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