Our dance program provides you with unique performance opportunities.
Students completing the dance minor may participate in the Dance Ensemble or Choreography Workshop courses. Dance Ensemble is designed to create an experience similar to working in a professional dance company, while Choreography Workshop focuses on the artistic, administrative, and technical work of producing dance professionally. Along with the academic program, we have an active student dance organization, The Terpsichore Dance Collective, which produces a student concert every term.
Student Research and Creative Projects
Knox is a leader in promoting top-notch undergraduate research. In fact, more than 90% of our students complete an independent research or creative project by graduation. Projects are supported by an unusually rich array of Knox funding programs that together provide more than $200,000 each year in support of student work. The funding sources include the Richter Memorial Scholars Program, Ford Foundation Research Fellows Program, Ronald E. McNair Fellows Program, and department-supported independent studies. In addition, special fellowships awarded through national competitions and research grants give us an edge in top-notch undergraduate research and creative projects.
You may elect to undertake College Honors in your senior year, carrying out an advanced research project presented and defended to a faculty committee that includes a distinguished outside examiner. An example of a recent Honors project in dance:
You'll have the opportunity to participate in an off-campus program in dance that is offered over winter break. This program takes place in Chicago over a two-week period, during which you'll participate in dance classes at noted dance centers, attend several dance performances and concerts, and take trips to area museums. A highlight of the program is the "Professional Intensive" which takes place during the final week of the program. During this time, you'll work from 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. daily with a selected professional dance company, learning the company's unique technique and repertory.
We offer several off-campus programs of particular interest to our dance students:
Our dance program has a long-standing history of participating in campus wide residencies with visiting guest artists and companies. Through these residencies, you are given the opportunity to study and sometimes perform with world-renowned artists in the field of dance. Past residencies have included The Chicago Moving Company, Jellyeye Drum Theater, Jump Rhythm Jazz Dance Ensemble, Ready at Will, The Dance COLEctive, Doug Elkins, and David Dorfman Dance.
As a student of dance, you'll have the opportunity to expand your education -- to get that valuable experience you hear so much about -- by completing an internship. Internships provide an opportunity to:
Through his music capstone project, Nate Beck -- who has a minor in business and management -- finds that the processes of brand management and music composition have more in common than you'd probably expect.
Baby talk is serious business for senior Megan Beney, a double major in music and anthropology and sociology. Her Honors research focuses on the musical qualities of the ways that people talk to infants.
Leading up to a worldwide event -- Gun Control Theatre Action Week, May 27 through June 2 -- a play by Knox College theatre professor Neil Blackadder is selected for a new collection, "24 Gun Control Plays."