Princeton University

Lewis Center for the Arts’ Program in Dance at Princeton University
BOOTH ONLY: Did not participate in DTCB 2020 virtual event

LOCATION: Princeton, NJ
YEAR EST.: 2009
DEGREE PROGRAMS OFFERED: Certificate in Dance (no degree offered)
PROGRAM EMPHASIS: Ballet, choreography, contemporary, diasporic African dance, hip-hop, improvisation, modern, performance
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The Dance Program at Princeton provides a depth, diversity, and flexibility of offerings to nurture beginners and challenge pre-professionals. While pursuing a liberal arts education, students can undertake demanding courses with professional choreographers, dancers, interdisciplinary artists, and scholars. The curriculum emphasizes expansive, rigorous training and the creation of original works of choreography, performance, and academic analysis. We support multiple performance opportunities each year. Students with a special interest or career aspirations in dance may earn a certificate, which supports advanced creative work with faculty mentorship, and can concentrate their studies on performance, choreography, dance scholarship, or interdisciplinary projects.

The curriculum is open to students of all backgrounds and areas of training. We offer anatomy, ballet, diasporic African dance, choreography, contemporary, dance studies, hip-hop, repertory, experimental dance practices, improvisation, modern and pedagogy.  Courses are often cross-listed with units across campus and other art disciplines. Recently, students have performed works by renowned choreographers Robert Battle, Trisha Brown, Francesca Harper, Bill T. Jones, Mark Morris, Ohad Naharin, Crystal Pite and Hofesh Shechter. Visiting artists have included Misty Copeland, William Forsythe, Ana “Rokafella” Garcia, Brenda Dixon Gottschild,  and Wendy Whelan. Co-curricular drop-in classes in a variety of practices are offered on a daily basis.

-David Roussève ‘81, choreographer/writer/director/filmmaker 
-Silas Riener ’06, choreographer/dancer

The 2019 Princeton Dance Festival featured new and repertory works by choreographers Zvi Gotheiner, Rebecca Lazier, Cameron McKinney, Christopher Ralph, Hofesh Shechter (staged by Alexandra Damiani), and Netta Yerushalmy. (Photo by Larry Levanti)