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The BFA Dance program at Peabody prepares students to be at the forefront of dance innovation through performance, choreographic and critical historicalĀ and theoretical exploration. Studying dance at Johns Hopkins University, one of the worldā€™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.

For more details about the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, see Academic Catalogue.

Program Highlights

Dance Company:Ā 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.

GuestĀ Artist Residency:Ā Master choreographers and performers create original works and/or re-set existing works on students.Ā 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:Ā Traditional dance technique and theory courses are brought into dialogue with methodologies and ideas from other disciplines.Ā Students with interests in science, technology, and the humanities are encouraged to explore their interests holistically and produce innovative movement research.

Apprenticeships and Internships: Ā 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:Ā 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:Ā The Capstone Project gives students the opportunity to pursue independent, innovative, and interdisciplinary research that culminates with a presentation of a self-choreographed recital.

Admission Requirements

All applicants must have prior dance training. Application Instructions>>

Faculty

Jess Beach

Jess Beach is a native of Pennsylvania and believes in always being a student. She has been training for over 29 years in Ballet, Jazz, Contemporary, HipHop, Tap, and Musical Theatre in New York, Maryland, Pennsylvania, and up and down the east and west coast.

danah bella

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.

Alexandria ā€œBrinae Aliā€ Bradley

Alexandria ā€œBrinae Aliā€ Bradley, born and raised in Flint, Michigan is an interdisciplinary artist who believes in using the power of the arts to transform the conditions of the human spirit.

Diedre Dawkins

Diedre Dawkins is a 2003 Bessie Award winner and founder of Dance is Healing mentoring for middle school girls through dance. Dawkins graduated from the New York City High School of the Performing Arts...

Jen Graham

Jen Graham, MFA CMA RSME/T is a movement educator and artist who creates inclusive and exploratory spaces to instigate shifts in awareness, perspective, and pattern through embodied experiences.

Kelly Hirina

Kelly Hirina is a certified teacher of both Countertechnique, created by Anouk van Dijk and Double Skin/Double Mind, created by Emio Greco and Pieter C. Scholten. She has been teaching these methods at the Lucia Marthas Institute for Performing Arts (Amsterdam) and in her role as the artistic coordinator of ICKamsterdamā€™s academy.

Colette Krogol

Colette Krogol (she/her) is a Cuban-American artist originally from Miami, Florida. She is a choreographer, director, dancer, filmmaker, and educator. As the Co-Artistic Director of Orange Grove Dance (OGD) her creative work exists at the intersection of dance, design, and film.

Christopher Pennix

Christopher Pennix leads a dynamic career in dance, teaching, opera, and fitness as a certified yoga and cycle instructor.

Florian Rouiller

Florian Rouiller is a dance teacher, choreographer, and performer who has worked extensively across three continents. Rouiller has an MFA in Dance from the University of Maryland.

Kristen S. Stevenson

Kristen S. Stevenson studied with The Washington Ballet, the Peabody Preparatory, The Julliard School, The Dance Theater of Harlem, The Donetsk Ballet, and The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater.

Sorah Yang

Artist in Residence for Spring 2022

Sorah Yang is a choreographer, teacher, and entrepreneur who was born and raised in the Bay Area, and received her B.S. in Business Administration from USC.

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