Theater and Dance Program
30 N Professor St.
Oberlin, OH 44074
Phone: 440/775-8152: Fax: 440/775-8340
Chair and Contact Person: Ann Cooper Albright
Ann Cooper Albright, Professor and Chair of Dance – Contact improvisation, theory, history, somatic
Holly Handman Lopez, Visiting Assistant Professor of Dance – Modern technique
Alysia Ramos, Assistant Professor of Dance – Contemporary technique, repertory, and composition
Bobby Wesner – Ballet
Talise Campbell, Visiting Assistant Professor of Dance – African and African Diasporic Dance
Alice Blumenfeld, Visiting Assistant Professor of Dance – Flamenco Dance
The Oberlin Dance Program encourages students to create, perform, and think about movement in a manner that is consonant with their experience in the other fine and liberal arts. The curriculum offers various approaches to the study of movement, from creation and performance to physical techniques, critical inquiry and somatic studies.
Dance at Oberlin is characterized by its commitment to experimentation and to the creation of original work. Student, faculty and guest artist choreography is presented throughout the year in formal concerts, and in a regular series of studio events. Outstanding resources for artistic collaboration with student and faculty directors, designers, composers, musicians, and video artists are found in Theater, the Conservatory of Music and the Art Department.
Students also have the opportunity to explore somatic studies; with its focus on alignment, movement integration and meditative practice it offers an excellent preparation for a lifetime of personal health and work in therapeutic fields. The Dance Program provides critical study of the field’s rich history to encourage and support students’ curiosity and willingness to take risks and explore new ideas. Students are encouraged to recognize that movement has cultural meaning, and to find the variety of meanings inherent in different traditions and cultural contexts. The practice of research and writing about dance in its historical context is developed to widen an appreciation of dance as an artistic and cultural phenomenon: to include rather than exclude. Course offerings which focus on creating an informed dancing body and developing technical skill include: modern, ballet, contact improvisation, West African, Cuban, Capoeira Angola, dance conditioning, yoga.
Degrees Offered: BA
Undergraduate Majors: 12 majors
Degree Requirements: 30 credits for dance major, 27 credits liberal arts, 112 credits for graduation
Faculty: 4 FT; 3 PT
Academic Facilities: 3 studios
Production Facilities: Studio theater (Warner Center Main Space); proscenium theater (Hall Auditorium)
Productions: 3 concerts of student work each semester, 1 concert of faculty and guest artist works with student casts each year, senior concerts, honors concerts
Institution Type: Private liberal arts
Location: Northern Ohio
Enrollment: 2,750, in department: 150
Other Financial Aid: Work assistantships (dance accompanists)
Student Company: Oberlin Dance Company