There are two main stage dance performances each year, Dancevent and An Evening of Dance. Dancevent is annual Fall production featuring original choreography by the Dance faculty, and An Evening of Dance is held in the Spring showcasing student choreography performed by the Orchesis Modern Dance Company. In addition to our main stage performances, there are several other opportunities throughout the year including a Dance Minors Concert and class showcases.
We welcome dancers at all levels of experience. If you are interested in beginning dance classes, we recommend you enroll in Modern I or a lecture course such as History of American Vernacular Dance. Please feel free to contact any member of the faculty if you have questions.
If you have previous dance training, you should attend one of the Dance Placement Evaluation sessions held during Orientation Week to obtain permission for intermediate and advanced technique classes. The evaluation is not held the second semester, so if you believe you may want to study dance sometime during the upcoming school year, it is important to take the Placement Evaluation during Fall Orientation.
The evaluation consists of four short movement phrases designed to address the varying degrees and styles of dance training students may possess. Current advanced students in the Dance Program demonstrate the movement throughout the evaluation. Students should wear form-fitting clothing and be prepared to dance barefoot. After the results of the evaluation are posted, faculty will be available to answer questions, help with scheduling, and process enrollment requests.
If you are unable to schedule a dance course during your first semester at William & Mary, you will be able to use the results of this placement evaluation for future semesters. If a course you desire is closed Fall semester, you will be given first priority for enrollment Spring semester. Contact a faculty member at the beginning of the next registration period to ask for permission to enroll for Spring.
Department Participation Policy
All William & Mary students are eligible for participation in William & Mary Theatre and Dance productions. In assigning roles and production positions, our intention is to find the person best able to handle the responsibility given the artistic and educational objectives of our program. We are committed to inclusive, diverse casting that challenges practices of type-casting while still honoring the action of the play or the artistic vision of its creator or director.
All productions are cast from auditions which are open to freshmen through seniors, majors and non-majors. Keeping in mind that our priority is to provide learning opportunities to undergraduates and particularly majors and minors, we may also consider graduate students, unclassified students, faculty and staff for participation in Theatre and Dance productions. Guest artists may occasionally be invited to take part when their presence furthers the goals of the production and provides an educational opportunity for the students involved.