Jeffery Bullock, chair
P.O. Box 9621
Roanoke, VA 24020
At Hollins, dance extends far beyond its traditional boundaries. Students learn to think of dance as a dynamic form, full of possibilities for growth and innovation. Members of the Hollins dance community are encouraged to discover, refine, and celebrate who they are as artists. With an emphasis on transdisciplinary study, the program aims to support a wide variety of student interests by offering outstanding technique classes, an international visiting artist roster, and extensive opportunities to perform and craft.
The Hollins Repertory Dance Company (HRDC), comprising undergraduate dance majors, has garnered national attention for its imaginative, energy-filled performances. Since 2003, students have performed more than 80 new works by students, alumni, and guest artists, including Nicholas Leichter, Miguel Gutierrez, Jen Rosenblit, Roger Belman, Blake Roeder, Jen Nugent, Ayo Jackson, Jen McGinn, Emily Wexler, Helen Simoneau, and Dawn Springer. Using the resource of the dance media lab, HRDC students expand their ideas with the use of digital sound, video, and animation. The HRDC gives students the opportunity to perform on a professional level, with gratifying results. For more information from the students, please check out HRDC's blog at http://hrdc.tumblr.com.
The Hollins Dance Project is Hollins' professional company in residence. The company is made up of graduate students and independent professional dancers.
This unique undergraduate program is the first of its kind in dance. Candidates for the degree normally follow a four-year program. They are required to complete a minimum of 158 semester credits of academic work, four Short Term activities (16 Short Term credits), and two physical education courses. Included in the 158 credits are 82 credits in dance and general education skills and perspectives.
Candidates for the degree of bachelor of arts are required to complete a minimum of 46 semester credits of academic work, including studio courses, core courses, and elective courses.
Hollins University, in partnership with American Dance Festival, offers a 60-credit M.F.A. program that gives students an opportunity to immerse themselves for six weeks in the international community of the ADF followed by the intimate learning atmosphere at Hollins. Using the resources of both institutions, the program offers two tracks.
The post baccalaureate certificate in dance is designed to address the needs of a range of students. It is a great choice for students who find themselves in between graduate school and the professional field of dance. Many students find that after their undergraduate study, they need some time to focus on their choreographic and performance portfolios to prepare for jobs, graduate schools or fellowship opportunities. This nonresidential program prepares students for advanced-level work through direct exposure to visiting artists/choreographers, performance opportunities, and extended international study projects. As students prepare for a professional career in dance, the PBC offers time and support for important considerations of career choices. The program is ideal for international students who want to immerse themselves in a mature work environment that has a direct relationship to choreography and performance.
Students are strongly encouraged to create works for both formal and informal performance venues. Such diverse and noted professionals as Doug Varone, Shen Wei, Jennifer Nugent, Miguel Gutierrez, Ishmael Houston-Jones, Roger Belmam, Pamela Pietro, Ming-Lung Yang, Nicholas Leichter, Neta Pulvermacher, John Jasperse, Mark Haim, Karinne Keithley, Ayo Jackson, Anthony Orrico, Maurya Kerr, Jung-eun Kim, Shani Collins, and Regina Rocke perform on campus, conduct master classes, and create new works for and with students. Two major productions each year feature the works of faculty members, guest artists, alumnae, and company members.