CalArts School of Dance
CalArts School of Dance

The Dance Program's mission is in educating the complete dance artist—agile, intelligent and in command of an expanded skill set to meet the fast-evolving demands of professional dance.

The Program builds high-level proficiencies in performance technique, choreography, dance production technology and critical understanding of the artform, all within a global cultural context. Concentrated production seasons of aesthetically diverse work thrive in an atmosphere of creative exchange between professionally motivated students and a faculty of practicing artists. Unique among dance conservatories, students and faculty in the Dance School function both as a close-knit, intimate community— focusing on the work of each individual student in collaboration—and as part of larger circles of practicing artists, in the rapidly growing LA performing arts scene and beyond.

The learning experience at CalArts is anchored by a faculty of internationally acclaimed artists who bring immense experience and dedication to mentoring our students through their programs. The faculty maintain the highest standards in artistic and academic achievement, and yet they also provide enough space and creative freedom for students to be able to grow in their own unique ways, form their own creative visions and develop into the singular dance artists they are passionate to become.

Student-centered learning is a founding principle of CalArts, and today it continues to be at the heart of The Sharon Disney Lund’s mission to train the next generation of artists who will advance the art of dance—and stir and challenge the human imagination.


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Interview with Alexandra Bender, a BFA dancer in The Sharon Disney Lund School of Dance at CalArts

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