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.

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Student Perspective

“I think dance has been one of the most important things that's really kept me involved in the Lawrence community, and I think without it, I would have been different. Dance has really shaped me.”

Eliana Stern ‘23
Psychology, Dance, Theatre Arts
Skokie, Illinois 

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. 

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. 

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.

Students lay on floor with arms and legs in the air.
Cabaret 2019, student's perform "Farmer's Dream"

Express Yourself

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

Dancers stand in a clump with arms reaching upwards in a dark room.

Dance Performance

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


Dance and Theatre collaborate closely.

Aerial drone shot of Bjorklunden in Door County, Wisconsin

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.

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.

Your virtual tour starts at the Arch but be sure to check out Conservatory, to explore learning and performance spaces.