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Dance

The BIMA dance major offers a challenging experience for dancers to continue to grow technically, artistically, and personally under the guidance of professional dancers. Rigorous daily technique classes augmented by improvisation and choreography workshops provide opportunities to create original works.

Participants learn to speak through the language of dance by training their bodies, minds and sense of community. They explore movement and composition using ballet, modern and improvisational techniques. Participants also have opportunities to participate in master classes taught by professional choreographers and visiting dancers. Previous summers have included master classes in Modern, Jazz, Pilates, Contact Improvisation, Latin Dance, Capoeira, and Tai Chi.

The dance major includes three main elements:

1. Technique
Technique classes include a thorough physical warm-up, followed by a mix of ballet, modern and improvisation exercises.  

2. Repertory
Repertory classes are meant to broaden your understanding of various dance styles. You will learn new choreography and repertoire, challenging you to explore performance and ensemble work.

3. Composition and Choreography
Over the course of the summer, dance students will work together to create original, collaborative works. You and your peers will explore a text, question or theme and together create performances based on your interpretations and personal experience.

Throughout the month, you will also have opportunities to attend world-class dance performances in Boston and in the Berkshires of Western Massachusetts. 

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