Careers

Luther's dance major provides a strong foundation on which to build toward a number of professions. Dance majors go on to pursue graduate and professional studies, certifications, and employment in their industry. Luther College aggressively tracks the careers paths and outcomes of its graduates, from employment to graduate school to postgraduate service.

Dance Artists: Dance artists engage their communities through performance, developing choreography, or managing studios or dance companies. 

Dance Scholars: Dance scholars engage in movement and dance education for themselves and others, as well as dance curation.

Dance Therapy: Through continued education, our dancers become somatic psychologists; movement, dance, or massage therapists; or pursue medicine or chiropractic arts.

Alumni Perspectives

Taja Will '08
Taja Will '08

Taja Will '08, Dancer and Choreographer

"I wasn’t taught how to do ‘dance’, I was taught to know my body, to be intentional about how to keep it working efficiently and from there I was able to extend that knowledge into a creative practice, from this program emerges more than a body trained to dance, it trains artists. [Currently] I am based in Minneapolis both performing and teaching, and travel often to teach workshops and perform throughout the U.S. and internationally."


Amanda Moran '12
Amanda Moran '12

Amanda Moran '12, Studying for a MA in Somatic Counseling Psychology

"My experiences in the Movement Fundamentals curriculum completely redefined how I see, think about, and want to work in the world. Professionally, it freed me to conduct my own research and cultivate my specific interests under the somatic umbrella. If not for the MF curriculum, I would never have ventured down the path to Naropa University toward becoming a dance/movement therapist. I feel well prepared for the holistic Somatic Counseling Psycholgy graduate program because of the rigorous theoretical and experiential components of the MF curriculum."


Laurie Meinholz '08
Laurie Meinholz '08

Laurie Meinholz '08, Chiropractor

"One thing I hope to bring into my practice from the Movement Fundamentals curriculum is the imagery. As a chiropractor I have patients who have been misusing their bodies for as short as a few hours, up to years and decades. Most likely I can adjust the patient, I can ease their pain, but if their subluxations are stemming from poor posture, until the poor posture is corrected the patient will not see as large of improvements as they would if they were moving about their day with better posture and more easeful movement. I hope to give imagery to my patients to think about through the day instead of just saying that they need to “stand up straighter” but to instead tell them to think about rooting through your feet and a string pulling your head up. Energy going down and into the earth and then back up through your body and out the top of your head. I believe that this will be a more effective way to get my patients to a full recovery faster."