About the Dance Program
Hope College is a four-year liberal arts college where academic excellence and vibrant Christian faith join together in a supportive and welcoming community.
Hope is the first private liberal arts college — and remains one of the very few — to have accredited programs in all four areas of fine arts: music, art, theatre and dance.
“We believe in the transformative power of dance. The dance department provides a space and curriculum that inspires students to grow in the four areas that make us human: artistry, intellect, physicality and spiritually.”
—Matt Farmer, Dorothy Wiley DeLong Associate Professor of Dance, Department Chair
Dance Program Distinctives
Hope students are not only prepared with the skills needed to enter the professional field in a competitive, successful manner, but they are also given the opportunities to excel in their life of leadership and service in their local communities, their nation and the world.
As successful directors, choreographers, performers, authors and educators, Hope’s professors of dance are masters in their artform — setting the tone for a welcoming, inclusive and diverse atmosphere.
CULTURE OF INCLUSION
The dance program fully supports students in their sense of belonging and purpose, empowering them to flourish at Hope College and throughout their future. Hope’s commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion is infused into every aspect of the college.
The Department of Dance has a long history of providing training through pre-professional touring companies.
INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL, PERFORMANCE AND RESIDENCIES
Hope students travel to live, perform and connect with cultures outside of the United States, including:
DANCE 1–DANCE 48
First held in 1973, the annual dance concert is the showcase and highlight of performances for the Department of Dance, and includes faculty choreographed works and works from professional guest choreographers and artists.
GUEST ARTIST SERIES
Connecting students with professionals as a means of career preparedness, the Guest Artists in Residence teach department curriculum, set new choreographic works, and introduce students to their companies and professional networks for internships and placements.
DeWitt Student Cultural Center141 East 12th Street2nd FloorHolland, MI 49423