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Cottey offers a minor in dance and a certificate of dance.

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Group of Cottey College dancers huddled together in a performance with artistic lighting

Program Description

The goal and purpose of the Cottey Dance Department is for students to have positive movement experiences. Concurrently, our goal is to enhance students physical, intellectual, emotional, and social well-being while promoting personal responsibility.

Cottey’s dance program is part of the Theatre Department. Visit our theatre page to learn more about the theatre program!

Signature Courses

  • Choreography

    Exploration of basic elements, processes, and theories of dance
    making. The course stresses innovation, focused choreographic
    concepts, and creation of dances that include a variety of
    expressive movement qualities and interesting visual elements
    that complement the performer(s).

  • Musical Theatre Dance

    Musical Theatre Dance offers students with any level of movement experience the opportunity to learn choreography from stage and film musicals.

  • Improvisation

    Course offers students with any level of movement experience
    the opportunity for creative exploration of spontaneously
    generated movement.

  • Traditional & Social Dance

    This course offers students with any level of movement experience
    the opportunity to learn traditional and social dances from a
    variety of cultures. May be repeated for credit.

Career Outcomes

  • Career Outcomes

    • Choreographers
    • Performers
    • Dance Instructors
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Why Cottey’s Theatre Program is Unique.

All classes open to all students: The Cottey Dance Department enjoys being a place where someone who always wanted to take dance classes can finally do so, and we enjoy offering those with more dance experience the opportunity to continue doing something they love. Unlike many college dance departments, our classes are available to any Cottey student who meets the necessary pre-requisites, regardless of their major. There are no additional fees for participating in any dance course.

Variety of opportunities for dancers of all levels: We offer classes in a range of dance forms, including ballet, modern, jazz, musical theater dance, traditional and social dance, improvisation, choreography, and yoga. The College’s performance company, Cottey-in-Motion, is a class in itself and welcomes dancers of all experience levels. Some members have taken dance classes for years, while others had their first dance class at Cottey in the previous semester.


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