Read below to see how Muse Scholars have engaged in dance both on and off campus through partnerships with New York dance institutions, attendance at special events, and more.
Hunter's Arnhold Graduate Dance Education Program
Director Kathleen Isaac and graduate students in the Arnhold Graduate Dance Program mentor the Muses by leading special studio dance classes and discussions meant to help students think critically about dance as an art form.
During classes led by Isaac and/or graduate students, Muse Scholars learn how to appreciate and critique dance using professional analytical skills. Students also hit the dance floor, learning new techniques during special workshops, which have been held both on and off campus.
Lannette Alvarez (photo, lower right) led a modern dance studio class at Studio 353 to prepare students for a trip to New York City Center's 2013 Fall for Dance Festival, which featured works by The Martha Graham Dance Company, Doug Elkins Choreography and Dorrance Dance.
Elizabeth Portnoy led a ballet class at Ballet Hispanico, a Manhattan organization that celebrates Latino cultures through dance; Sharmita Saha and Prashant Sitaram instructed Muses in Bollywood Fusion Kathakl. Danielle Harris gave lessons in jazz dance, complementing a Muse outing to see Wynton Marsalis's jazz oratorio Blood on the Fields at Jazz at Lincoln Center.
Each year, Muse Scholars have attended performances at New York City Center's Fall for Dance Festival. Performers have hailed fromSTREB Extreme Action, American Ballet Theater, The Dance Factory, Moiseyev Dance Company, Ballet West, Tu Dance, Nan Jombang, The Martha Graham Dance Company, Doug Elkins Choreography, Etc., and Dorrance Dance.
The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater has hosted Muse special Muse Scholar Program events, with the Muse Class of '15 invited to observe an Ailey II rehearsal and to chat afterward with dancers, Ailey II Artistic Director Sylvia Waters, and Cory Greenberg, director of operations & special projects at Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater.
Muse in the News - Dance
In April 2016, Colleen Werner (Class of '19) competed in a dance competition called Open Call on Long Island. During the competition, Werner performed a self-choreographed contemporary solo called "Old Skin," which she also performed at the 2016 Muse Showcase (photo, left). Werner also participated in a master class with Chris Hale, a ballet dancer, contemporary dance teacher, and choreographer.
The weekend after the competition, Werner was notified that she had received a half scholarship to the Pushing Progress Contemporary Dance Summer Intensive, which is co-directed by Chris Hale and his husband Calen Kurka. The intensive was held from August 7th-13th at New York Live Arts. It consisted of classes in ballet, contemporary mechanics, phrase work, biomechanics, improvisation, composition, and personal design/coaching from 10am-7pm daily. The summer intensive concluded with an informal showing.
Jennifer Fernandez (Class of '16) is a Sociology major with a minor in Dance who performs with the Hunter College Dance Company.
She performed in five original student choreography pieces in the Fall 2013 Works in Progress show. One piece, In Three's, was later asked to be perform at the Alvin Ailey Extension Urban Dance Showcase. "It was an incredible experience to perform and represent Hunter College," Fernandez said.
Jen is currently developing her own composition process at Hunter while working as a dance instructor at MOBA Dance Academy on Long Island. (Photo: Fernandez, third from left)
Clubs and groups
Join one or more of Hunter's many dance organizations focusing on hip-hop, breakdancing, jazz, modern and other styles. Hunter's Student Group Management System (SGMS) is a great place to find groups that match your interests as well as get contact information for group leaders who can help you get involved.
Learn more about internships in the arts by visiting the Office of the Arts online at hunter.cuny.edu/arts.
You can also find out about upcoming auditions and dance internships by contacting the Hunter College Dance Program or Internship Coordinator Paula Wicklow (212-771-4850) in the office of Career Development Services.
The Hunter College Dance Program’s contemporary dance-based curriculum fosters vital personal connections to the art of dance in the context of a diversified liberal arts perspective. Students build solid foundations for graduate study and professional careers in performance, choreography, teaching, arts administration, dance education, production and physical therapy. All dance majors create, perform and produce their own dances, have access to repertory experiences with recognized choreographers, internships and opportunities to interact with New York public school communities through the program’s outreach performance program.
The Arnhold Graduate Dance Education Program curriculum combines courses in the School of Education and the Dance Program focusing on applying teaching methods to dance classroom environments.
BA in Dance, BA in Dance Education, BA/MA in Dance Education (5-year program), MA in Dance Education