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Experiences & Opportunities

Department Chair

Jennifer Smith

Associate Professor & Chair of Dance

2 East South Street

Galesburg, IL 61401-4999



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3 Ways to Experience Your Education

1. Use dance to explore big issues.

Knox is a leader in promoting top-notch undergraduate research and creative work. 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 $350,000 each year in support of student work. A few dance projects in recent years include:

  • "Seeing the World Beyond the Classroom: Researching the Positive Effects of After-School Programming," Angela McNeal '16.
  • "The Effect of Hypermobility on Muscle Strength Acquisition in Dancers," Hannah Steele '16.
  • "(Don't) Love Me: A Study of the Male Identity in Dance," Juan Irizarry '15.
  • "Intrinsic Momentum and Development: Parallels in Creative Writing and Dance," Brain Valencia '15.

2. Participate. Perform. Present.

Knox students annually present choreographic work at the American College Dance Association Central Region Conference as well as participate, perform, and present at many noted professional dance conferences and events. A few include:

  • 2016 - The Kennedy Center for Performing Arts, Washington D.C. National Gala Performance, American College Dance Association
  • 2015 - International Somatics-Based Dance Education Conference
  • 2015 - National IMPACT Conference, Los Angeles, California
  • 2011-2014 - Chicago Dance Festival
  • 2012, 2013, 2015 - Midwest Regional Alternative Dance Festival

3. Join a dance club.

Beyond the performances you will be doing as part of your coursework, students have the opportunity to dance with several extracurricular clubs year-round. Students choreograph and perform their own pieces with Terpsichore Dance Collective and promote school and team spirit with the Dance Squad.

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