Arts and performance training expands the capabilities of the human body and imagination, developing capacities for persistence, invention, and refinement of communication. Dance majors learn self-confidence and develop their ability to conceive and enact new ideas, practices and solutions. Performances, studio environments and classrooms, all collaborative in structure, stimulate active learning, and promote an integrated view of what it means to be human. This approach equips students with skills for dealing with a complex world, and engaging with and contributing to the dance world as performers, choreographers and collaborators.
The dance major at Luther is for the student who is continuing her/his study of dance, re-entering dance, or accessing dance for the first time. The discipline of dance at Luther is based in the experiential and analytical study of Movement Fundamentals, three courses rooted in somatic (body based) rather than dance styles education. These three courses educate the dance artist through the paired principles of: alignment and function; range and efficiency; and vocabulary and intention. Along with Movement Fundamentals, Contact Improvisation is a core component in shaping this (w)holistic and distinct foundation for dance technique.
Your body becomes more supple and refined to skills attained in prior studio training and daily life movements while adding sophistication to dance making and performing.
You dance! There are many career paths dancers can take. Dance majors become dance artists, dance or movement teachers, or continue on to become dance scholars. Dance majors pursue graduate and professional studies, certification and employment in: performance; choreography; dance or movement education; dance curators; dance studio or company management; somatic movement practices; somatic psychology; movement, dance, or massage therapy; medicine; chiropractic arts; and much, much more.