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Snakes on the Dancefloor and Adventures in Bollywood

  On Tuesday, March 1, at 6pm, Dr. Kareem Khubchandani will be giving a talk, “Snakes on the Dancefloor: Gender, Gesture, and Bollywood,” in Griffin Hall 4. “Snakes on the Dancefloor” traces the mimicry of Bollywood screen divas Madhuri Dixit and Sridevi by gay... More »

"Journey of the Great Mystery"

In September 2015, Dancer and Choreographer Ronald K. Brown examined the role of the body in worship, spiritual practice, and belief systems. For this roving performance he brought Williams students and alumni together with community members from Pittsfield and Williamstown... More »

Williams Dance at Jacob's Pillow 2015

The dance department ensembles performed on the Inside/Out stage at Jacob's Pillow July 2015 More »

African Dance and Percussion at Williams

Sandra Burton, Lipp Family Director of Dance and Senior Lecturer in Dance, and Tendai Muparutsa, Artist in Residence in African Music Performance, Lecturer in Music, Director of Zambezi, Co-Director of Kusika, teach the course African Dance and Percussion at Williams.... More »

RAWdance on Claiming Williams Day

The spirit of Winter Study at Williams–as well as adventure and activism through the arts–is captured here, in the group of dancers culled from a variety of Dance Department ensembles who joined together to learn and perform a work by... More »

Pina Bausch Dancers

Performing artists Pablo Aran Gimeno and Jorge Puerta Armenta will visit Williams College to share their inspiring work and professional expertise with students involved in theatre and dance. Hosted by Theatre Department’s Professor Omar Sangare, Dance Department’s Professor Sandra Burton, and... More »

Jacob's Pillow project

The dance department ensembles performed on the Inside/Out stage at Jacob's Pillow July 2014 More »

Choreographing Community

Will Rawls, Class of 2000, brings body and movement to the Williams community. More »

Choreographic Experiment

Master classes, workshops, internships, residencies, concerts and collaboration with faculty, peers, and guest artists are vital parts of the cultural experiences we offer the community. More »

INISH

INISH, the Dance Program’s newest dance and music ensemble, was founded in the fall of 2004. The word “inish” means both “island” and “to tell” in the Gaelic language.

Sankofa

Sankofa is the Williams College step team. The word “sankofa,” from the Akan people in Ghana, loosely translates to “reaching back in order to move forward.” More »

Kusika

Kusika is an ensemble dedicated to performing music, dance, and storytelling from Africa and the African Diaspora. The group takes its name from the Shona people of Zimbabwe. In their language, “kusika” means “to create.” More »

CoDa

CoDa, which focuses on contemporary dance with a strong base in modern and ballet techniques, enjoys a rich history on the Williams campus. More »

Zambezi

Founded in 1992, The Zambezi Marimba Band plays marimba music from Zimbabwe and Ghana. More »
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The study of dance at Williams is grounded in the understanding that dance is a universal art form. We provide the opportunity to study and experience dance as technique, composition, history, theory, and performance in the context of a liberal arts education. Our five ensembles study and perform on and off campus throughout the academic year.

Master classes, workshops, internships, residencies, concerts, and collaboration with faculty, peers, and guest artists are vital parts of the cultural experiences we offer the community. Some dance classes are available for Physical Education credit, and participation in all companies is through audition or invitation by faculty.