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New Students

All of us in the Dance and Movement Studies Program look forward to meeting you and introducing you to the many ways to study dance on this campus.

Dance Informational Meeting

On the first Friday of the fall semester, we host a gathering in the Schwartz Center dance studio where you can learn more about our program from faculty, dance majors and minors, and meet representatives of student dance groups.

2023 Meeting: Friday, August 25, 4:00pm
Dance Studio, Schwartz Center for Performing Arts

Emory Dance Company Auditions

You are invited to audition for the Emory Dance Company, which is open to all undergraduate students regardless of major/minor! Students auditioning for the company must be enrolled in a dance class. If you are cast, you will be enrolled in DANC 207R for 1-2 credit hours. Email with any questions.

Audition Date: August 29, 2023, 6:00pm
(Callbacks, if necessary, will be held August 30 at 6:00pm)
Dance Studio, Schwartz Center for Performing Arts

Dancewear Sales

Dance Fashions Superstore will be on campus with ballet shoes, jazz shoes, leotards, tights, skirts,  mens apparel—everything you need for your dance classes. Students will receive 15% off their purchase! Have a special request for a particular shoe or dancewear style or color? Send it to and if available, Dance Fashions will bring it on their sale date. You can visit the WPEC dance studio anytime during the sale hours, even if classes are going on.

Dancewear Sale Date: September 7, 2023, 9:00am-3:00pm
Dance Studio, Woodruff P.E. Center

First Year Class Choices

Whether you plan to pursue the dance major or minor, or you just want to explore movement for the first time, here are some classes to consider taking your first year.

  • Dance Technique Classes (modern, ballet, jazz, hip-hop, African, Flamenco, Kuchipudi) For questions about which level of technique class to take, contact a faculty member. Generally, level 1 is for someone who has never taken a dance class or has minimal dance experience; level 2 is for beginning-intermediate movers; level 3 is for intermediate movers; and level 4 is reserved for upperclassmen who are advanced movers. First year students should not register for level 4 without permission of the instructor. Most first year students with a very strong dance background will start in level 3 classes. Instructors may recommend a level change during the first two weeks of class. All technique classes fulfill the PE requirement.
  • Movement Improvisation (DANC 150R) will help you understand your movement style and trust your authenticity as a mover. The exploration of moving possibilities will reveal new movement vocabularies and create new connections within a community of diverse movers. This course is a prerequisite for DANC 250 Choreography I, which is a required class for dance majors and minors. DANC 150 fulfills the PE requirement.
  • Emory Dance Company/EDC (DANC 207R) is an opportunity to perform new work! Auditions are held during the second week of the semester for students enrolled in a dance technique class (check our calendar for dates). In the fall, faculty and guest artists choreograph new work. In the spring, students choreograph group works. If you are selected, you will receive academic credit (1-2 hrs). For each piece, students rehearse about three hours per week. EDC Performances are in November and April. Emory Dance company will fulfill the PE requirement.
  • Freshman Seminar (DANC 190) Contemplate, Create, Debate: You will create, perform, produce, examine, and begin to define your aesthetics by taking in as much art and culture as one can in a semester!
  • Hip-Hop Dance and Identity (DANC 228) fulfills the race and ethnicity general education requirement. This course unifies people across racial and ethnic barriers and offers tools for self-expression by considering race, sexuality, class, authenticity, and gender.
  • Experiential Anatomy (DANC 336 - offered spring semester) fulfills the Humanities and Arts (HA) general education requirement. It is designed for dancers, movers, and aspiring movement practitioners to develop a deeper anatomical understanding of the body and to explore anatomical relationships through neuromuscular exercises. It is taught by Emma Faulkner, a physical therapist for the Atlanta Ballet.