The dance program at Marlboro is committed to engaging students physically, creatively, and analytically in the study of dance and movement. While the program is centered in modern dance, students are invited to apply physical skills, creative processes, and critical frameworks acquired in their dance classes to any style of dance.
Dance courses are designed to help students develop an appreciation for experiential learning, gather tools for creative expression through movement, and hone their abilities to think and write critically about movement and performance. In technique classes, students work in the studio to develop physical skills and a more nuanced understanding of the body as an instrument. Choreography and improvisation classes help students learn tools for creating movement and shaping it over time and space, develop their skills for navigating the creative process, and explore the range of their artistic voices. History and theory classes familiarize students with the work of other artists and with scholarly practices in the field of dance.
Students are encouraged to bring in their studies in other fields as source material for creative work and to explore the meaning of dance through the lens of other disciplines.