Denison University

Department of Dance

Granville OH 43023
Department Chair:  Sandra Mathern-Smith
Phone 740/587-6766; Fax 740/587-6750
Contact Person Beth White, Production Assistant 740/587-6712


Gill Wright Miller, PhD, Chair, somatics, movement analysis, cultural studies, research methodology, production, feminist theory, women and the arts
Stafford Berry, MFA, Assistant Professor, African/Diasporan technique, composition, cultural studies, performance.
Sandra Mathern-Smith, MFA, Associate Professor, modern/postmodern technique, composition, performance.

Program Philosophy

The Department of Dance is committed to teaching the principles of dance through movement/exploration and theoretical inquiry.The faculty believes the liberal arts study of dance as an art form necessitates an integration of the kinesthetic body, the intellectual mind, and the emotional/internal spirit. We see this trinity (body/mind/spirit) as the core concern of the discourse, the discipline, and the faculty as we explore physical and metaphysical material both critically and creatively. Our aim is to expose students to a wide variety of approaches by using primary and secondary sources.The opportunity for application in research and performance is available early in the student’s career, enabling her/him to become independently productive in the application of these principles.

Degrees Offered BA
Undergraduate Majors 20
Degree Requirements 36 credits for the major; 24 credits for the minor
Faculty 3FT plus guest artists
Academic Facilities 2 studios, 1 shared studio, several shared classrooms,
library/computer room
Production Facilities large studio performance space with lighting and sound booth, one digital performance lab, use of the theater proscenium space
Productions 2 faculty/student concerts, 2 guest
artist concerts per academic year
Institution Type 4-year private liberal arts
Location central Ohio
Enrollment 2,185
Annual Tuition $44,670
Room (multiple) $6,150
Board $5,030
Department Financial Aid: none

Other Financial Aid: (1) Denison offers generous financial aid to those in need. We also offer generous merit scholarships.  Proficiency in dance is taken into consideration for merit scholarships.  (2) Rising Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors Dance students can compete with all Fine Arts students for 20+ scholarships. (3) Academic Scholarships are equally available to dance students. (4) Generous work-study possibilities abound.