At Salem College, the dance minor brings together a community of diverse students and faculty working to create exceptional art. Students are encouraged to explore dance and discover the full range of dynamic possibilities. The dance minor gives women the opportunity to develop artistically through skilled technique classes, creative exploration and varied performance opportunities.
We attract a diverse student body and strive to help every student find her voice. Dance is proud to be valued at Salem College as a vital core to our liberal arts curriculum. The program's mission is to create self-motivated women with high academic standards and artistic originality.
The College's performance ensemble, the Salem College Dance Company, was founded in 1957 and has a long tradition of choreographic excellence. With two major concerts each academic year and additional showcases, the Salem College Dance Company provides students with the opportunity to create and grow through dance.
Minoring in dance will bring you together with diverse students interested in dance as a vital part of the liberal-arts curriculum.
The dance minor is a series of eight to nine courses: technique classes (ballet, modern and jazz), dance history, choreography, an independent study and the Salem College Dance Company, which was founded in 1957 and has a long tradition of choreographic excellence. You may complete the minor on our campus, or through a cooperative arrangement with nearby Wake Forest University.
When you minor in dance, you will benefit from small classes with individual feedback, superior faculty members, guest artists who perform and hold master classes, inclusion in conferences such as The American College Dance Festival and opportunities to choreograph and perform each semester.
As a student in the dance minor program you will be motivated - through study, performance, exposure and interactions - to find your own creative voice. You may travel to New York, Atlanta, Virginia, even France, to experience your art. You will be encouraged to take part in internships like the ones that recent students have experienced (examples are Walt Disney World, the Broadway Theatre Project and the Williams College Dance Program). Your dance minor will complement your major program by providing additional opportunities to enhance your technique, knowledge of history and ability to study independently.
The Dance Minor is under the advisement of Heidi Echols, MFA. Echols has trained, performed and choreographed with many renowned dance artists as well as presented her work across the country. She has been a guest artist at several schools, including Old Dominion University, and has served on the faculty for NC Governor's School.
You will have the unique opportunity to study with additional faculty members from professional dance ensembles who either live or perform, or both, in the area. Past guests in the dance classroom have included Karola Luttringhaus of alban elved dance company, Karla Coghill of Sidelong Dance Company, Shawn Bowman-Hicks, Amanda Kinzer from Old Dominion University and the Otesha Creative Arts Ensemble. You will also enjoy learning from and performing with dancers from Winston-Salem State University and Wake Forest University.
When you graduate from Salem, you will be empowered to find your passion within the arts community, no matter where you live in the future. Recent dance minors from Salem have discovered careers in performance, not-for-profit management, creative writing, even establishing their own dance company.