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Dances in black in white on a stage against a blue background

The Division of Dance offers professional dance training within the context of a comprehensive liberal arts education. The B.F.A. in dance performance is designed to develop the disciplined, versatile dance artist through a balanced study of ballet, modern and jazz techniques, complemented and reinforced by a broad range of theoretical studies and performance opportunities.

Meet Our Faculty

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Carter Alexander

Visiting Artist-in-Residence

Brandi Coleman BrandiColeman

Brandi Coleman

Assistant Professor

Christopher Dolder Christopher Dolder

Christopher Dolder

Associate Professor and Chair of Dance

Silas Farley Silas Farley

Silas Farley

Armstrong Artist in Residence in Ballet

Christopher M. Ham ChrisHam

Christopher M. Ham

Director of Dance Production

Leslie Peck LesliePeck

Leslie Peck

Associate Professor

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Alvon Reed

Artist-in-Residence in Jazz

Anne Westwick AnneWestwick

Anne Westwick

Professor of Practice


Senior Dance Concert, April 29–May 1

The annual Senior Dance Concert features works choreographed and produced by seniors in the Division of Dance.
Bob Hope Theater with dance production

Dance Facilities

The 392-seat Bob Hope Theatre, donated by the iconic comedian, features a proscenium stage, continental seating and a hydraulic orchestra pit. It’s an ideal venue for spectacle, movement and grand-scale productions. The large space plays host to our many dance performances and classes.


Exclusion Is Oppression: From Pedagogy to Performance

Gregory King is a culturally responsive educator, performance artist, activist and movement maker who received his M.F.A. in choreographic practice and theory from SMU Meadows.

Featured Courses

The Evolution of American Musical Theatre
Mark Burrell

An examination of American musical theatre from its roots in the popular entertainment forms of the 19th century to its maturity as a codified art form in the 20th century.
Jazz Dance History : Dance History III
Brandi Coleman
Examines the origins of jazz dance from its roots in African music and dance through the present.
Dance Pedagogy
Anne Westwick
Focuses on the theory and practice of teaching methodologies in multiple dance genres. 

Student Work


“This video was intended to be a personal commercial that reflects me and my passions, visual art and dance, made as a part of the Introduction to Creativity class.“ – Anika Crouser, Dance B.F.A '23

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