Contemporary Dance Practice

Introduction to the Major
in Contemporary Dance Practice

Our innovative Contemporary Dance Practice program offers students a comprehensive, rigorous curriculum that will integrate performance competence and creative processes with opportunities for interdisciplinary work. The program fosters in students an awareness of the changing role of dance in our complex society and consider ways in which dance practice contributes to social development.  By nurturing excellence in performance, creativity, critical and conceptual thinking the program will enable students to become successful, versatile dance artists and practitioners in a global dance environment, or pursue further academic studies in the field of Dance or related disciplines.

What You Will Study

Contemporary Dance Practice students are exposed to a variety of styles and practices.  Throughout your studies you will follow courses designed to develop your dance performance and choreographic abilities. You will also develop critical and analytical skills in order to reflect on your creative practice and that of others and learn how to locate your practice within a larger socio-cultural and historical context in which contemporary dance is realized.  You will also complete a Liberal Arts Curriculum that comprises of specially designated core and elective courses in a variety of fields. In your final year of study you will have the opportunity to complete a Final Major Project focusing on an area of practice of your choice:  performance, choreography, dance and new technologies, and/or dance research. The program will give you unique opportunities to create links into the profession through regular encounter with dance artists and related practitioners from both Greece and abroad.

Career/Graduate Study Opportunities

Dance faculty are available to assist students in planning professional pathways after graduation. Deree Office of Career Services offers valuable guidance about opportunities in the United States and the United Kingdom as well as Europe.   For those interested in graduate studies Theatre Arts faculty can assist with choosing, preparing and applying for such programs.  Career prospects include:  Dancer, Choreographer, Designer for dance, Production management, Dance researcher, Dance animateur (Dance in the Community), Dance Documentation and Archiving, Dance educator

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