Case Western Reserve University

Mather Dance Center
11201 Bellflower Rd.

Cleveland, OH 44106-7113

Contact Information

Phone: 216/368-1491; Fax: 216/368-6936

Department Chair and Contact Person: Karen Potter


Gary Galbraith, Professor and Artistic Director – technique, choreography, performance and technology skills, dance wellness

Karen Potter, Professor and Chair – technique, choreography, pedagogy

Part Time Lecturers:
Hannah Barna Blake
Mustapha Braimah
Danielle Dowler
Karen Opper
Brad Petot
Rachel Stoneking 

Emeriti Faculty

Kelly Holt, Associate Professor

Kathryn Karipides, Professor

Program Philosophy

Choreography, Performance, and pedagogy in contemporary dance form the core of the Graduate Studies in Dance Program with an emerging complement in Dance Wellness. The curriculum includes technique, four semesters of choreography, history, pedagogy, production, kinesiology, music, and Dalcroze Eurhythmics. Seminars in dance medicine/science as well as costume construction and light design are also offered. International workshop opportunities are a key aspect of the graduate program and undergraduate majors may elect to study abroad. 

Degrees Offered: MFA (60 credits) and MA (30 credits) in Contemporary Dance; BA in Dance

Faculty: 2FT, 6PT

Academic Facilities: 3 studios, AV/lecture classroom, costume construction workshop

Production Facilities: Studio Theatre

Productions: During the academic year

Institution Type: Private

Location: NE Ohio

Enrollment: 12,000; In department: 15

Department Financial Aid: 2 GTA, 6 production assistantships

Student Company: Mather Dance Ensemble and Mather Dance Collective (MADACOL)