FACULTY: A. Horowitz, Department Chair; L. Cameron, Dance Program Coordinator; B. Bernhard, T. Leabhart, J. Lu, S. Linnell, A. Martinez, L. Pronko, T. Shay, J.P. Taylor.
Dance is an interdisciplinary art form that involves elements of theatre, music, design and the visual arts in a variety of cultural contexts. Instruction is available to students who wish to study dance as one of the liberal arts, as well as to those who aspire to professional careers in dance performance or related fields. The Dance Program challenges students to develop concentration skills, observational and analytical abilities and capacities for working with broad aesthetic concepts and fine details while developing their creative instincts. Solid foundations in modern, ballet, composition and repertory are designed to build strong technique and a sense of artistic expression, while exposure to non-Western dance forms encourages students to better understand other cultures through their performance traditions.
The Pomona College Theatre embodies the liberal arts education. Through the synthesis of body, mind and spirit, theatre celebrates the community of world cultures. In an atmosphere of freedom, discipline and passion, students, faculty and staff encounter intellectually and artistically great creations of the human spirit both in the classroom and in production.
Theatre at Pomona College serves students from five undergraduate colleges. It includes the study of performance, design and technology, dance, directing, theatre history, dramaturgy and dramatic literature. Theatre students become proficient in devising creative solutions to complex problems. They also develop sensitivity to the interpersonal relationships inherent in the collaborative process. Thus, they are prepared for a wide variety of careers in organizations and enterprises that value these qualities.
While encouraging such development in all its students, the department also prepares majors for further study on the graduate or professional performancelevel. Many graduates of the department have become successful members of the professional community as actors, dancers, directors, designers, producers, writers, dramaturgs, teachers, and administrators. The department presents several major productions each year. The department is also the home for a dynamic season of student productions. Student performers and production personnel are drawn from majors and non-majors alike from all the Claremont Colleges.