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Dance Performance & Choreography

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Spelman College Dance Department on Campus NowDance at Spelman is a critical and creative thinking laboratory that nurtures women of the African Diaspora. Students investigate intersections of experimental creative practices, cultural discourse, and technology. 

In keeping with the College’s focus on social justice and innovation, the department’s theory and composition classes fuse technology and womanist theory along with other social discourse. The curriculum centers on the choreographic process through the lens of Black feminist theories, contemporary dance techniques, and interdisciplinary collaborative practice. Students engage with an exciting roster of visiting artists who explore and push boundaries through the Spelman College Dance Artist Incubation Residency (A.I.R.).

Department Offerings

Dance Technique
*Fulfills Wellness Credits

  • Contemporary Modern
  • African Dance
  • Hip Hop
  • Jazz Funk
  • Improvisation
  • Ballet through the Lens of Kinesiology  and more!

Choreographic Process

  • Level 1 (solo works)
  • Level 2 (group works)
  • Level 3 (capstone project)

Spelman Dance Theatre

Performing opportunities with innovative professional choreographers

Dance Theory
*Some Courses Fulfill Arts Credits 
  • Dance Perspectives and Process
  • Critical Writing for Dance
  • Dance for Camera
  • Teaching and Leading Through Dance
  • Choreographing Lives
  • Black Presence in American Dance
  • Dance Seminar: The Business of Dance | and more!
Dance Faculty 
  • Dr. Veta Goler, Department Chair
  • Dr. Julie B. Johnson, Curator for Inside the Dancers’ Studio
  • CiCi Kelley
  • Omelika Kuumba
  • T. Lang, Director of Artist-in-Residence Program (A.I.R.)
  • Kathleen Wessel, Director of Spelman Dance Theatre

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The dance department's faculty includes globally recognized working artists who mentor and guide students through scholarship, artistic production, and entrepreneurial strategies. The Department cultivates freethinkers and intelligent movers interested in becoming creators, innovators, writers, historians, and scholars within the evolving field of dance.



Contact Us

Dance Performance & Choreography Department
350 Spelman Lane, Box 1499
Atlanta, Georgia 30314-4399

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