Dance is a practice of crafting pathways for curiosity, resiliency, authenticity and connection through movement.

Dance at Lawrence values every body, practice as research, and kinetic intelligence. Collaborative practice will be the foundation of your study. This innovative program will nourish you as you take an embodied, experimental approach across disciplines to art making. Be supported as a dance artist scholar on your journey toward choreographing a compassionate future.

Opportunities range from open jams to theatre and text to ensemble collaborations.

Learn more about Margaret Sunghe Paek and Mauriah Donegan Kraker and their collaborative approach.

Discover the many paths open to Conservatory graduates. 

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Studio Culture

Each class, rehearsal space, or performance at supports the individual with tools for strengthening your own artistic voice and deepening your collaborative skills. As a community, we continuously build practices for agency, action, and liberation. A creative and inclusive program, we joyfully welcome every body and your unique movement history.

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The Power of Collaboration


What happens when you combine a world-class conservatory with a world-class college? An unmatched undergraduate musical education. At Lawrence, the Conservatory and College experiences are intertwined. Multiple degree options let you be your own muse by connecting your musical passions with your academic interests. 

Cabaret 2019, student's perform "Farmer's Dream"

Express Yourself


Hone your artistic voice through improvisational performances and intimate conversations with professional dance artists.

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Dance Performance


See world-renowned dance artists in the Performing Arts Dance Series and learn from them in master classes.

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Sound the Retreat


Bond with your fellow musicians, focus on your craft, and immerse yourself in natural beauty during retreat weekends at Björklunden, a 441-acre estate on the shores of Lake Michigan.

Dance and Theatre collaborate closely.

On Any Given Day...

...discover an array of opportunities that await you at Lawrence University.

Music & Arts

"Breathe" - a multidisciplinary water opera

Breathe: a multi-disciplinary water opera, is an ethereal production that utilizes the Lawrence University Buchanan Kiewit Wellness Center as the performance space. 

A musical life awaits. Take the next steps by applying and auditioning.

The best way to find out if Lawrence is the university for you is by visiting.

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