Dance deepens one’s knowledge and expression of human experience.
We believe in the creative and intellectual potential of each person.
Dance can change the world.

The Dance Department at Wesleyan is a contemporary program with a global perspective. The curriculum centers on the creative act – imagining, making and doing. Our program is interdisciplinary, embodied, collaborative, physically and intellectually rigorous, and fosters personal and social transformation.

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    Look & Listen

    Learn about faculty projects and other happenings in the dance department.

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    After Dance @ Wesleyan

    Learn about what our alumni are doing with their Dance degree from Wesleyan.

Sep 19

Drag Queens and Radical Faeries and Judys, Oh My!: A panel on gendery performance and queer histories in sound and dance

04:30 pm

Allbritton, Room 311

A panel discussion on gender performance and queer histories in sound and dance hosted by Wesleyans Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program. For more information, please visit the Center for the Arts website or call 860-685-3355.

Oct 4

Paramodernities

07:30 pm

CFA Theater (CFA P) CFA Theater

The Connecticut premiere of choreographer Netta Yerushalmy's "Paramodernities" features a series of four dance-experiments, deconstructing landmark dances by Vaslav Nijinksky, Martha Graham, Merce Cunningham, and Alvin Ailey. For more information, please visit the Center for the Arts website or call 860-685-3355.

Oct 12

Yashoda Thakore

04:00 pm

CFA Crowell Concert Hall (CFA B) Crowell Concert Hall

Dr. Yashoda Thakore balances the practice of the art of dance with research in her Connecticut debut during the 43rd annual Navaratri Festivalat Wesleyan. For more information, please visit the Center for the Arts website or call 860-685-3355.

Oct 25

Fall Faculty Dance

08:00 pm

Memorial Chapel Patricelli 92 Theater Patricelli 92 Theater

Wesleyan Dance Department faculty and guest artists collaborate to present new works. For more information, please visit the Center for the Arts website or call 860-685-3355.

Oct 26

Fall Faculty Dance

07:00 pm

Memorial Chapel Patricelli 92 Theater Patricelli 92 Theater

Wesleyan Dance Department faculty and guest artists collaborate to present new works. For more information, please visit the Center for the Arts website or call 860-685-3355.

Oct 31

Fall Senior Thesis Dance Concert

08:00 pm

Memorial Chapel Patricelli 92 Theater Patricelli 92 Theater

Senior choreographers will present a collection of new works as the culminating project of the dance major. For more information, please visit the Center for the Arts website or call 860-685-3355.

Nov 1

Fall Senior Thesis Dance Concert

08:00 pm

Memorial Chapel Patricelli 92 Theater Patricelli 92 Theater

Senior choreographers will present a collection of new works as the culminating project of the dance major. For more information, please visit the Center for the Arts website or call 860-685-3355.

Nov 2

Fall Senior Thesis Dance Concert

07:00 pm

Memorial Chapel Patricelli 92 Theater Patricelli 92 Theater

Senior choreographers will present a collection of new works as the culminating project of the dance major. For more information, please visit the Center for the Arts website or call 860-685-3355.

Nov 22

West African Drumming & Dance Concert

08:00 pm

CFA Crowell Concert Hall (CFA B) Crowell Concert Hall

An invigorating performance filled with the rhythms of West Africa, featuring choreographer and Dance Artist in Residence Iddi Saaka and Assistant Professor of Music John Dankwa joined by students in West African Dance classes. For more information, please visit the Center for the Arts website or call 860-685-3355.

Nov 24

Worlds of Dance Concert

02:00 pm

CFA Crowell Concert Hall (CFA B) Crowell Concert Hall

"Introduction to Dance" and other beginning dance students perform works of various styles, including Bharata Natyam (South Indian classical), Afro-Brazilian, and jazz. For more information, please visit the Center for the Arts website or call 860-685-3355.

Dec 6

Winter Dance Concert

08:00 pm

CFA Theater (CFA P) CFA Theater

Advanced student choreographers present recent works. For more information, please visit the Center for the Arts website or call 860-685-3355.

Dec 7

Winter Dance Concert

08:00 pm

CFA Theater (CFA P) CFA Theater

Advanced student choreographers present recent works. For more information, please visit the Center for the Arts website or call 860-685-3355.

Feb 14

New England Dance on Tour

07:30 pm

CFA Theater (CFA P) CFA Theater

Four regional dance artists showcase the diversity and richness of dance in New England, including Wesleyan Dean of the Arts and Humanities and Associate Professor of Dance Nicole Lynn Stanton. For more information, please visit the Center for the Arts website or call 860-685-3355.

Feb 28

Fruits Borne Out of Rust

07:30 pm

CFA Theater (CFA P) CFA Theater

Conceived and directed by Japanese visual artist Tabaimo in collaboration with choreographer Maki Morishita, the New England premiere of the whimsical, mischievous multimedia work Fruits borne out of rust features a solo female dancer and two musicians playing an original score by Yusuke Awazu and Keisuke Tanaka. For more information, please visit the Center for the Arts website or call 860-685-3355.