Oberlin College

Theater and Dance Program

Theater and Dance Program
Warner Center
30 N Professor St.
Oberlin, OH 44074

Contact Information

Phone: 440/775-8152: Fax: 440/775-8340
Website: https://www.oberlin.edu/dance

Chair and Contact Person: Ann Cooper Albright
Email: Ann.Cooper.Albright@oberlin.edu


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

Program Philosophy

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