Welcome! As the oldest and largest division of Emory University, the College of Arts and Sciences has provided sound instruction to talented, highly motivated students for over 175 years. The college combines the personal attention and involvement of a small liberal arts setting with the rich diversity of a major urban university. Emory College seeks students with strong academic qualifications, outstanding personal qualities, civic engagement, and demonstrated capacities for leadership and creativity. The total enrollment is 7,600 students within a university of over 14,200.

The Department of Theater and Dance provides a range of opportunities for students to experience, create, and support performance. We are a community of artists who foster each student's creative, intellectual, and communicative powers within the larger context of a liberal arts education. This is a collaborative environment, a place for improvisation, critical thinking, analysis, and risk-taking. The theater and dance faculty are teachers with records of excellence and artists/scholars exploring diverse approaches to performance.

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The Emory Dance and Movement Studies Program invests in the traditions of modern dance, the cutting edge of movement invention, and the theory and analysis of movement research. We value individualism, innovation, and interdisciplinary approaches to learning and dance making. We develop skilled and uniquely expressive individuals who move and act with intelligence and sensitivity, think independently, and value original thought and diversity. The curriculum includes courses in improvisation, world dance forms, arts writing and criticism, performance, choreography, dance history, Laban studies, dance pedagogy, concert production, contemporary issues, principles of design, and somatic practices. Students also have the option to participate in dance internships with contemporary dance companies and a nationally recognized youth development organization, or to develop individual projects in dance influenced by their interdisciplinary study or civic engagement. 

Emory Dance presents a wide range of public programming each year, including Emory Dance Company concerts, site-specific performances, Women’s History Month Performance Series, Friends of Dance Lecture Series, Dance for Reel (dance for camera), Atlanta Contact Improvisation Jams, Fieldwork Showcases, guest artists, and faculty concerts.

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