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New Students


Welcome to Emory!

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.

2022 Meeting: Friday, August 26, 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 dance@emory.edu with any questions.

Audition Dates: Sunday, August 28, 2022, 1:00-3:30pm in the Dance Studio, Schwartz Center for Performing Arts. Callbacks, if necessary, will be held Monday, August 29 from 6:00-8:00pm.

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; level 2 is for beginning-intermediate movers; level 3 is for intermediate movers; and level 4 is reserved for upperclassmen who are advanced movers.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Freshman Seminars 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!
    Move your Math: You will experience mathematics in a new way by exploring the relationship between movement and math concepts. This is a unique opportunity to overcome difficulties you have experienced in the past, while building confidence in both math and dance. No dance experienced required!
  • 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 HAP 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.