Springfield College offers a Bachelor of Arts in dance major as well as a dance minor. Both the major and the minor offer courses that are challenging, dynamic, and consistently on the edge of contemporary trends in dance. Coursework, prestigious internship opportunities at places such as the internationally recognized Jacob’s Pillow Dance festival, performance (Repertory Touring Company) and scholarly opportunities (members of National Dance Education Organization), interdisciplinary work, and community engagement provide students with rich opportunities to expand their range of dance knowledge towards career preparation. With small class sizes, students enjoy strong, supportive, mentoring relationships with nationally recognized faculty as well as close relationships with other students. Students also receive the exclusive benefits of networking and educational opportunities (master classes, performances, workshops) through Springfield College’s partnership with the prestigious and internationally known Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival. Likewise, dance students can become members of the National Dance Education Organization (NDEO) that provides opportunities to network with nationally recognized dance artists and educators, take workshops, and present scholarly work at national conferences. In addition, students have the opportunity to audition for the touring Repertory Company, work with international guest artists, study abroad in Italy, and perform and showcase choreography each year at the American College Dance Association Regional Conference.
The curriculum has successfully prepared students for employment as educators, choreographers, and performers as well as prepared them for acceptance into graduate programs in dance or related fields.
Sarah Zehnder, Artistic Director of Zehnder Dance, Assistant Professor and Director of Dance at Springfield College, is originally from Ohio, where she began her training as a hip-hop dancer. Zehnder Dance, established in 2010, is known for commanding physicality, boldness and architectural precision, and has been produced internationally, performing in such prestigious festivals as Jacob’s Pillow Inside/Out, Florence Summer Dance Festival (Italy), Reverb International Dance Festival, Pasadena Dance Festival, DUMBO Dance Festival, the MAD Festival, Midwest Regional Alternative Dance Festival, the Solo/Duo Festival (NYC), the Women in Dance Project (NYC and Chicago), Utica Dance Festival, and Buffalo Dance festival. Her work has been presented at Dixon Place, Ailey Citigroup Theatre, Manhattan Movement and Arts Center, Gowanus Arts, Triskelion Arts, 92nd Y, Greenspace, and the Center for Performance Research (CPR). Zehnder has also shared her choreographic passion through guest artist residencies at Grand Canyon University, Santa Monica College, Queens College, and Scottsdale Community College. Zehnder received her BS in Dance from Bowling Green State University and her MFA from SUNY Brockport. For more information on workshops and future performances visit www.zehnderdance.org or follow us on Instagram @zehnder_dance