When considering my plan for college, I believed that there was no future for me in dance, in terms of a long-term career. I decided to attend Springfield College knowing that I would at least get to dance as an extracurricular experience, but I soon found that I could enrich my undergraduate education with a double major to include dance.
During my four years at Springfield College, my perception of dance as an art form drastically changed through academic courses, performance opportunities, fieldwork, and off-campus dance festivals. I developed as both a movement artist and technician. Most importantly, I began to see for myself the possibility of a career in dance. When the time came to devise a plan for life after graduation, I felt compelled and enabled to pursue dance at the graduate level. My experiences at Springfield College have inevitably contributed to my acceptance into the master of fine arts program of my choice.
Summer Study Abroad Program
DANC 210: Passion, Power, & Creative Process: Unmasking Dance in the Italian Renaissance
Faculty Director: Cynthia Nazzaro Ed.D., professor of dance, Springfield College
This course is designed to introduce students to the historical and artistic origins of dance as a theater art with the focus on developments during the Italian Renaissance. Studies will include Italian folk and court dance forms; ballet and contemporary forms; and Renaissance art, theater design, music, and costumes. Learn more.
The dance major program gives students many opportunities to develop their individuality, creativity, dance knowledge and technique. Majors study dance in depth and prepare for a career in dance or a related field. The curriculum is designed to prepare students for graduate programs in dance education, dance/movement therapy, somatics, and other related fields. Students may wish to combine dance with another major such as psychology as further preparation for a career in dance/movement therapy or dance education. Or they may wish to take courses in management and economics to prepare for a career as a small dance business owner. Fieldwork and internships provide students with the opportunity to work closely with a dance professional or institution.
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The dance minor program offers students the opportunities to grow individually as dancers, artists, and knowledgeable observers of dance. The program is designed to develop students intellectually, physically, and creatively, and to encourage students to focus on a particular area of dance: therapy, performance/choreography, or education.
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Career Opportunities in Dance
- Dance Educator
- Dance/Movement Therapist
- Dance Studio Owner
- Exercise & Fitness Trainer
- Dance Critic
- Professional Arts Manager
- Early Childhood Educator
For more information about the dance major, contact Dr. Cynthia M. Nazzaro of the Visual and Performing Arts Department at (413) 748-3158 or the Admissions Office at (800) 343-1257.