For Future Students

The Bates Dance program offers a wide variety of opportunities to all students on campus from your first dance experience to a major or minor in Dance. Our program celebrates a diverse and inclusive culture and our philosophy that everyone benefits from the experience and understanding of dance.

Dance Curriculum

Bates College offers a major and minor in Dance that is strong in both the theory and practice. You can also incorporate dance into an interdisciplinary studies program or make dance a vital part of your Bates experience through elective dance credits. All of our courses are open to all students regardless of major or minor status. Dance curriculum.

Performing Opportunities

The Bates Dance Company participates in up to five department dance concerts a year in the theaters on campus.  There are also many performance opportunities through variety of student initiated events including Asia night, International Coffee house.


Auditions are not necessary for entrance to the degree programs, the Bates Dance Company or most of the activities in the Bates Dance program. We are small enough to know you personally.


The Plavin Studios are two dedicated dance studios on the second floor of Merrill Gym. Most of our classes are in the big studio and the smaller studio is available for rehearsals and other dance activities. The Department of Theater and Dance also has three theaters in the Schaeffer/Pettigrew performing arts complex and our big dance studio also serves as a dance performance space.

Community Engagement

For the community minded, there are many opportunities in the local community and K-12 schools for teaching, mentoring and performance.

Guest Choreographers and Master Classes

Guest choreographers and master classes are an integral part of the Bates Dance program providing a variety of experiences both in dance styles and different ways of working. Four to six guest choreographers with national and international reputations come to work with the Dance program each year. Artist such as Tere O’Conner, Alexandra Beller and Doug Elkins, Jodi Melnick, Larry Keigwin, and Robin Sanders come to Bates regularly to create repertory for student dancers. We also have master classes in a variety of dance styles.

Bates Dance Festival

During the summers, you can participate in the internationally renowned Bates Dance Festival up to three times as a regular part of your Bates education. It is a three week total immersion into the world of working artists in an atmosphere of community and adventure unique to the Bates Dance Festival.

Study Abroad

In keeping with our global approach to dance we encourage you to broaden your educational experience by doing a semester of study abroad.  The Study abroad office has a growing number of dance options available.

How to Apply

If you are applying for admissions to Bates College please print and fill in the Common Application Arts Supplement to submit with your materials and a DVD of your work.


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