Guest Artists & Workshops

Students collaborate with faculty and peers and have access to world renowned artists via residencies, workshops, field trips and performances. We believe dance has the potential to expand the individual, build community, and provide a platform for activism and social engagement.

Upcoming residencies Fall/Spring 22-23


Dance performance: PACHEDU, (F)ALL Ensembles
Thursday, December 8th | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm | MainStage, '62 Center for Theatre & Dance
Friday, December 9th | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm | MainStage, '62 Center for Theatre & Dance

Artistic Directors: Sandra L. Burton, Erica Dankmeyer, Tendai Muparutsa, and Janine Parker. Sankofa Presidents: Nathan Hu ’23 and Obi Nwako ’24, Drill Sergeants Rachel Jiang ’23 and Ryan Joseph ’23. Pachedu is the annual fall concert featuring the Department’s ensembles. Pachedu means “among ourselves” in the language of Zimbabwe’s Shona people and is our opportunity to share repertoire, new dance, and music in development. Each ensemble is unique, and these concerts offer audiences a diverse experience in genres.

Tickets can be purchased in person (no fees) or by phone (x2425) today through Friday, 10am-3pm. Tickets can also be purchased online (additional fees apply).To avoid waiting in long lines at the Box Office, we encourage tickets to be purchased in advance. Questions can be sent to [email protected].


Dunham workshop

More Than Movement:
An introduction to the work of Bolin Fellow Saroya Corbett
Monday, January 9th | 4:30 PM | Dance Studio | $Free

The Dance Department would like to invite you to meet our Gaius Charles Bolin Fellow this year, Saroya Corbett. We are hosting her workshop, "More Than Words: An Introduction to Dunham Technique, Southern Black Dance Vocabularies, and the Work of Saroya Corbett" This event is an opportunity for the Williams community to learn more about Corbett's work and move with her on the dance floor. The event will include a lecture and a dance class. However, dancing is optional.
James Belk

James Belk
Spring 2023

Master Dunham Technique Percussionist James Belk will instruct participants in the drum rhythms composed for the Dunham Technique class experience and the choreography developed by Katherine Dunham. The knowledge of Dunham Technique rhythms is specialized and few percussionists are trained in the rhythms. Therefore, the Dance Department is excited to offer this opportunity to the Williams community. Stay tuned on exact dates...

Kanukai Chigamba headshot

Kanukai Chigamba
Spring 2023

Kanukai is a multifaceted dancer, musician, performer, and burgeoning photographer. In 2010, Kanukai moved to Oakland, CA and has since expanded her dance repertoire in both traditional and urban styles as a lead performer of the renowned Chinyakare Ensemble, and principal in Gbedu Town Radio, a Pan Afro Urban Music and Dance Ensemble.