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About Us

An education in dance prepares you to be an excellent asset to any field you go into. The skills are 100% transferable: leadership, interpersonal, and creative are developed through performance, choreography, and formal dance techniques.

- Julio Medina, Assistant Professor

We create vibrant explorations of movement for all skill levels, encouraging students to move freely, develop a mindful practice, create original work, and discover interdisciplinary connections. As one of the leading dance programs in the South, we are an incubator for innovative, transformative dance making—fostering each student's creative, intellectual, and communicative powers within the larger context of a liberal arts education.

The study of dance and movement at Emory University is a serious academic discipline with an emphasis on developing artistry, discovering body-mind connections, and expanding body intelligence that will transfer into a variety of professions.

Community Building and Outreach

Our program fosters an environment of mutual respect and collaboration with the rigor and creativity of studying dance. Our community values are achieved by listening to each other with the whole body, sharing creative choices, and offering constructive feedback that is inquiry driven, ethically engaged, and diverse. A diverse and inclusive learning environment reinforces community building. The opportunities to connect and collaborate on campus and in Atlanta help us understand each other and develop the empathy that is needed in today’s world.

Program Highlights

  • Emory Dance presents a wide range of  public programming each year, including performances, lectures, master classes, and workshops.
  • The Emory Dance Company is a pre-professional opportunity for students to create and perform faculty and guest artist works, and choreograph new group work.
  • Our engagement with local, national, and international dance artists and scholars has a transformative impact on Emory students.
  • Faculty and students actively engage in creative scholarship and movement research.
  • The Friends of Dance organization presents lectures and provides scholarships for off-site study for students at dance festivals, intensive workshops, and conferences.
  • Students benefit from institutional relationships with Moving in the Spirit (youth development program), CORE Dance, NDEO (National Dance Education Organization), Dance ATL, ACDA (American College Dance Association), National Water Dance, and DSA (Dance Studies Association).