Leadership in Dance

The Dance Program strives to professionally develop the student as a leader in dance, education, and arts advocacy through active participation in community outreach programs working with diverse populations, offering frequent touring and hosting guest residency activities, and fully produced performances featuring choreography by dance faculty, guest artists, and students. In each of these roles the student is challenged to become an articulate leader capable of effectively verbalizing the complexities of her nonverbal art form and its further connections to other disciplines.

Training and opportunities provided through Columbia College
Dance Company, internships, and Leadership semester
experiences enable students to develop courage, confidence, commitment, and competence to become leaders in the dance field.

Dance Courses: Emphasize the development of the Four C’s as students are challenged to engage with new ideas, develop technical, creative, and scholarly skills, collaborate with professors and peers, and reflect on the learning process.

Columbia College Dance Company (CCDC): Provides every dance major the opportunity to develop leadership skills through choreographing and dancing in concerts, performing production roles, and through service on the CCDC board of directors and/or committees.

Internships: Foster leadership by engaging students in working within communities as artists, teachers, and/or arts administrators. Examples of recent internships include the following:

  • Arts administrative internship at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC
  • Teaching and choreographic internship at the Fine Arts Center in Greenville, SC
  • Teaching and choreographic internship with the Georgetown Performing Dance Arts Foundation in Georgetown, SC
  • Arts administrative internship with the National Dance Education Organization in Silver Spring, MD
  • Arts administrative internship with The Power Company in Columbia, SC
  • Arts administrative internship with the SC Center for Dance Education in Columbia, SC
  • Arts administrative internship with the South Carolina Arts Commission in Columbia, SC

Leadership Semesters: Each degree program includes a capstone leadership semester experience that requires the dance major to synthesize her leadership skills through completion of an internship or project. The capstone experiences for each degree are as follows:

  • Candidates for the BA in Dance Education with Certification take Directed Teaching (EDU 485LS) during the final semester. This experience requires that students demonstrate leadership by teaching under the supervision of a cooperating teacher in the public school setting for one semester.
  • Candidates for the BA in Dance Studies take Dance Senior Project (DAN 481LS) during the final semester. This capstone experience requires that students demonstrate leadership by completing a major project research and/or creative project. Following completion of the project, they reflect on and write an essay about their leadership.