Make new work.
The making of original work is at the center of dance at Bennington.
Every facet of this unique program—technical practice, improvisational and compositional research, peer and faculty collaboration, interdisciplinary investigation, production and performance—works to expand your understanding of the creative process and deepen your awareness of the connection of mind and body. Study of dance in history helps place creative work in a cultural context.
In the First-Year Dance Intensive, you begin making dances immediately. Over four years, you are continually involved in making and performing new work, whether your own or someone else’s. At the weekly Dance Workshop, students of all levels join our full faculty to show and respond to works in progress. Whether dance is central to your education or a peripheral interest, you are invited to make work, show it, talk about it, revise it, and perform it again. Everyone is encouraged to work in all aspects of production.
Our faculty of renowned professional choreographers and dancers are well versed in a number of contemporary forms. Guest artists and graduate fellows come to Bennington from diverse backgrounds, styles, and cultures, and have taught a wide range of classes. These have included West African, Caribbean, and Butoh alongside notable and varied Western contemporary dance practices.
Bennington’s remarkable dance facilities, available round-the-clock, include beautiful studios and a 10,000-square-foot black box theater, fully equipped.
Bennington’s annual Field Work Term invites you to forge connections with the outside dance world by way of the College’s well-established professional network, its expansive roster of alumni dancers, and its outstanding reputation as an iconic American dance institution.