Do you have a passion for expressing your creativity through movement? Study dance at Saint Mary's, and you will find a plethora of ways to do so.
Dance majors and minors study modern dance and ballet technique, dance history, choreography, and criticism and analysis. African Dance, Ballet Folklorico, Jazz, Pointe, Tap, Pilates, and Yoga are offered to provide a wider range of technique, and students will enrich their knowledge further by taking classes in music and theatre. Call Professor Cathy Davalos at (925) 631-4824 for information about the Dance Company or other opportunities to pursue dance studies at Saint Mary’s College.
The Saint Mary's College Dance Company
Professor Cathy Davalos, Artistic Director of the Davalos Dance Company, Professor Dana Lawton, a ten-year member of Janice Garrett and Dancers and Artistic Director of Dana Lawton Dances, Jia Wu, Artistic Director of Jia Wu Dance Theater , offer dance students the opportunity to perform with the Saint Mary’s College Dance Company (SMCDC), now in its 18th year. From September to May, Company members experience what it means to be a professional dancer by going through training, choreography, and performance. Students in the dance program work with professional dancers and choreographers from throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. In addition to Davalos, Lawton, and Wu students have had the opportunity to study with Shaunna Vella, Rogelio Lopez, Bliss Kolmyer, Paco Gomes, Janice Garrett, Nina Haft, Stacey Printz, and Randee Paufve all whom have created new works for the SMCDC.
Auditions are not required for the Performing Arts major in dance. Students will audition for performance ensembles, including the Saint Mary's College Dance Company, early in the new academic year. Call Professor Cathy Davalos at (925) 631-4824 for more information about auditions.
The dance program at Saint Mary’s College offers scholarships to incoming freshman. Dance scholarships are merit-based for demonstrated artistic excellence. The audition will consist of three parts: a modern dance technique class, a short solo, and an interview. Learn more.