danah bella is the artistic director of d a n a h b e l l a DanceWorks, a modern dance company focused on reclaiming evocative movement as social practice. bella has performed and presented her work throughout the country.
The BFA Dance program at Peabody prepares students to be at the forefront of dance innovation through performance, choreographic and critical historical and theoretical exploration. Studying dance at Johns Hopkins University, one of the world’s premier research institutions, gives students the opportunity to make connections between the study of dance, science, technology, and the humanities. Students can take courses in Modern Dance and Ballet technique, somatic approaches to movement and choreography, perform in a pre-professional student dance company, and collaborate with world-renowned guest artists. Peabody graduates can pursue careers as performers, choreographers, teachers, researchers, and arts administrators.
Dance Company: Students have an opportunity to perform in the pre-professional dance company showcasing original and repertory work by faculty and guest artists. The dance company performs in annual concerts and travels to festivals, conferences, and community residencies.
Guest Artist Residency: Master choreographers and performers create original works and/or re-set existing works on students. Guest artists will also teach community master classes and offer lectures touching on the important role dance has played in shaping the course of an engaged civic life.
Interdisciplinary Courses: Traditional dance technique and theory courses are brought into dialogue with methodologies and ideas from other disciplines. Students with interests in science, technology, and the humanities are encouraged to explore their interests holistically and produce innovative movement research.
Apprenticeships and Internships: Pre-professional preparation at Peabody is designed to give students practical experience for success after graduation. Throughout the school year, under the direction of a faculty member, students are placed with professional dance companies, choreographers, dance studios, arts organizations and other community partners. Evaluations are given at the end of the apprenticeship or internship.
Critical Dance Studies: Embodiment, gender, sexuality, race, class, migration, and globalization are central to the critical study of dance at Peabody. Dance is explored from an interdisciplinary perspective to immerse students in the critical study of movement, bodies, and society that accounts for historical and socio-cultural tensions on and off the stage.
Capstone Dance Project: The Capstone Project gives students the opportunity to pursue independent, innovative, and interdisciplinary research that culminates with a presentation of a self-choreographed recital.
All applicants must have prior dance training. Application Instructions>>
Live and Regional Auditions Guidelines
The live audition at Peabody and the regional auditions will consist of a ballet barre and center combinations including adagio, petit battement and pirouettes. It will be followed by a modern dance phrase and sequence traveling across the space. An improv section will also be included. Auditionees should have a 2 minute solo prepared. The solo may be choreographed by oneself or someone else and may be in any genre of dance. For more information>>
Dance department chair, Danah Bella, will be at a number or regional audition sites, if you are unable to audition live at Peabody. For more information>>
Video Audition Guidelines
(if unable to attend live or regional audition)
Along with your video submission, please make sure to include the following items:
- Head Shots
- 3-4 combinations at the barre
- pirouette combination in the center
- petit allegro combination
- grande allegro combination
- modern phrase that travels across the floor
- modern center movement phrase
- up to 2 minutes in length, in any genre
- make sure to introduce the solo and include who choreographed it
*Please also include a portion of you speaking about your dance background- how long you have trained, where, what styles, etc.