About This Program

Available as a major and a minor.

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Sarah Zehnder
Director of Dance
(413) 748-3158
szehnder@springfield.edu

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.

You can combine dance with other areas of study, such as psychology, to further prepare yourself for a career in dance education or therapy. Or, you can take courses in management and economics to prepare for a career as a dance studio owner.

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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.

Two dancers perform an African Dance piece on stage
LIFE AS A DANCE MAJOR
Get moving

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

Two dancers perform a hip hop routine
LIFE AS A DANCE MAJOR
Pursue your passion

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

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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. 

Assistant Professor of Dance/Director of Dance

Sarah Zehnder

is an NYC based dance artist. Zehnder Dance, established in 2010, is known for commanding physicality, boldness and architectural precision, and 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. 

Sarah Zehnder poses during a dance

Lani Nahele (a.k.a. Lisa Schmidt)

is deeply dedicated to the study of movement and the body. Formerly, as a member of the Trisha Brown Dance Company, she performed and taught throughout the USA and Europe. Her work has been presented at numerous theatres in Germany, France, and the United States.  She has guest taught at Bard College, Smith College, Julliard College, and Keene State College.  She is the director of Studio rEvolution, in Florence, MA.  A Certified Practitioner of Body-Mind Centering, her studio is the home of her private bodywork practice, Embodied Healing.

Lani Nahele poses outside

Angela Vital-Martowski

was a University of Massachusetts Amherst Chancellor’s Award recipient and received her certificate in ballet Pedagogy from the Hartt School (The University of Hartford through The Hartford Ballet) and 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.

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Study Dance At Springfield College
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.

William Simpson Fall 2016 Program
Dance artist Andrew Vazquez-Aguirre performs.
Andrea Vazquez-Aguirre

Sept. 20, 4 p.m., Flynn Campus Union Cafe
Sept. 22, 3 p.m., Naismith Green

In conjunction with LatinX Heritage Month, the Department of Visual and Performing Arts, and Office of Multicultural Affairs will host interdisciplinary dance artist Andrea Vazquez-Aguirre, who will perform twice, and follow each performance with discussions of her work and approach to her craft. She has danced in several professional companies in Mexico and the United States. She is interested in performances that explore the idea of “truth in fiction” and “fiction in truth.”

Springfield College dancers perform by throwing one of their dancers into the air.
Immerse Yourself in Dance

Friday, Dec. 7 and Saturday, Dec. 8 at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 9 at 2 p.m.
Appleton Auditorium, Fuller Arts Center

Springfield College dancers will be performing the famous work Set and Reset, originally performed in 1983, by internationally known choreographer Trisha Brown. Trisha Brown was the creator of more than 100 choreographies and six operas, and a graphic artist, who is internationally known and respected as one of the most influential artists of her time. Former Trisha Brown Dance Company member and current Springfield College Dance faculty, Lisa Schmidt, who danced for the Trisha Brown Dance Company from 1985-1992, will be teaching the choreographic excerpt Set and Reset. Guest choreographer, Andrea Vazquez-Aguirre, also sets four traditional dances from Mexico fused with contemporary influences on Springfield College dancers.