Dance students rehearsing on stage.

Dance minor at Cornell

The Department of Theatre is thrilled to announce its first-ever dance curriculum led by Alvon Reed, Cornell College's new Artist-in-Residence in Dance. This program is open to students of any major and year. As a student of dance you will gain skills that prepare you to be an artist of the 21st century. With an emphasis in creative (dance making) and movement practices, you and your peers have the opportunity to broaden your perspectives through a wide range of dance forms including ballet, modern, dance composition, jazz, improvisation, tap, and hip-hop.

Dance Productions

Cornell students will present a dance concert directed and choreographed by Alvon Reed. In addition, you will have opportunities to develop your own work through student-focused showcases offered throughout the academic year.


The Department of Theatre is housed in the beautiful Armstrong Hall named after Blanche Swigley Armstrong, class of 1891. She became one of the first female trustees of the college, in addition to being a generous patron of the arts. For all movement centered courses we utilize the state-of-the-art Kimmel Theater and the adjacent Plumb-Fleming Black Box Theater. For additional space, we partner with Dance Arts Iowa, located in picturesque Uptown Mount Vernon, IA. We also have traditional classrooms, a computer lab, student lounge, and a fully equipped scene shop.

Dance improv in action

Beyond the classroom

In an effort to help you cultivate an aptitude for multidisciplinary work, you will have the opportunity to expand your understanding of practice-based dance studies through semester-long movement courses, collaborative initiatives with surrounding institutions, and performance analysis.

The semester-long movement course is a new initiative that offers a more concentrated study in dance. In this course, you will meet three times per week to build and maintain basic foundations of movement, learn techniques of performance, and create a repertoire of choreography with which you will have the opportunity to exhibit throughout the school year.

Scholarship Opportunities

The Department of Theatre is pleased to offer scholarships in dance to eligible students. These scholarships will be available to incoming students who exhibit exceptional promise in dance and academics. For more information about dance scholarship opportunities at Cornell, please contact Alvon Reed at 319.895.4285 or