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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 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.

For more details about the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, see Section 2-2 of the AY 2019-2020 Academic Catalog.

Dance BFA Open House October 14

Visit campus, observe dance classes, participate in a master class lead by danah bella, and learn more about the BFA program

Program Highlights

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.

Admission Requirements

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


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.

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...

Katherine Helen Fisher

Artist in Residence | Fall Semester

Katherine Helen Fisher is a Los Angeles-based director, choreographer and performer.

Working both commercially and within the art world, she has movement directed music videos for Radiohead and Rufus Wainwright, as well as directed creative for brands such as Hermès, Microsoft, Biotherm, Nonesuch and XL Recordings. Her work has been featured by the Smithsonian, The Hammer Museum, the New Orleans Contemporary Arts Center, the Palm Springs Art Museum, the New York Times, the University of Michigan, and the Georgia Institute of Technology.

Fisher danced for The Lucinda Childs Dance Company between 2008- 2018, performing in collaborative work with such luminaries as Philip Glass, Frank Gehry, John Adams, and Sol LeWitt. She has also worked with The Merce Cunningham Trust, Robert Wilson, Mark Morris, MOMIX, ODC San Francisco, Johannes Wieland, Sara Pearson/Patrik Widrig, Janis Brenner, Jennifer Muller, Ann Carlson and Andrew Ondrejcak.

Brian Gerke

Artist in Residence | Spring Semester

Brian Gerke was born and raised in Missoula, Montana, and he received his initial dance training at the University of Montana. Gerke joined Headwaters Dance Company (known as Mo-Trans at the time) in 2002, and in 2005, Gerke relocated to NYC and began dancing with Hilary Easton + Co., Juliana May's MayDance, Sondra Loring and Dancers, and at the Trisha Brown Dance school where he was a scholarship student. In 2007, Gerke immigrated to Reykjavik to continue a burgeoning artistic collaboration with Steinunn KetilsdĂłttir and eventually form their own dance company called Steinunn and Brian. From 2007 to 2012, Steinunn and Brian created five original works that they performed in over 50 theater spaces throughout Europe and North America. Gerke has served as the director of the Contemporary Dance Department at the National Ballet Academy of Iceland, as a guest professor at Iceland Arts University, and as a teacher at Kramhusid community world dance center. Gerke joined the Iceland Dance Company in the Autumn of 2012 and became a featured and award-winning soloist throughout his tenure there until 2015, and he is the first American dancer to be bestowed with the Icelandic Griman award for Dance Performer of the Year since its inception in 2003.

Ralph Glenmore

Ralph Glenmore is a former principal dancer with The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. He has performed in several Broadway productions, including A Chorus Line, Bob Fosse’s Dancin’, Reggae and Bubblin’ Brown Sugar.

Jen Graham

Jen Graham is a movement analyst, dance artist, and educator with a commitment to creating inclusive spaces through innovative and sometimes unconventional approaches.

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.