Why Choose Nazareth for Dance Studies?

The program at Nazareth College emphasizes both the how and the why of dance, providing a solid grounding in not only the physical, but also the cultural, historical, aesthetic, entrepreneurial, therapeutic, pedagogical and theoretical functions.

Develop as a dancer through diverse classes in movement and theory, performing and choreography opportunities, as well as internships, workshops, and residencies with faculty and with guest artists who are professional dancers and field-certified educators. Grow with personal attention in our small classes, and take advantage of our flexible program to combine studies in professionally relevant ways. Easily collaborate with other departments, such as music, and with the off-campus community.

Broaden your perspective through study abroad, rich cultural experiences on campus, and global perspectives courses such as Dance and Culture, Afro-Caribbean Dance, and Anthropology of Dance.

Nazareth’s Arts Center is the region’s premier mid-size theater and the place to be for world-class dance, international entertainment, and other performances. 

Program Highlights

  • Individualized study: Shape your studies and capstone project to fit your individual needs and interests, gaining relevant and professional experience in your area of focus.
  • Work with professional artists: Each year, Nazareth's Movement and Dance (MAD) Weekend offers dozens of master classes in a myriad of styles and cultural forms. Each fall, Nazareth is involved in the Rochester International Fringe Festival. Among professional residencies on campus is The David Dorfman Dance Co. (spring 2019).
  • Double major or minor options: There is flexibility in your schedule to add a minor in theatre arts, music, women and gender studies, business, or community youth development, among other options, or take courses towards a possible B.A. or B.S. double major in another field of interest.
  • Career prep: Prepares you for employment, graduate degrees, and/or certification programs in areas such as performance, choreography, pedagogy, production/stage management, arts administration, therapy, history, criticism, theory and research, somatic therapies, and movement analysis, depending on your interests and combination of electives.

Program Options, Requirements, and Course Descriptions

How to Audition

Auditions are required for this major. View audition details and register.

Contact Information

Heather Roffe Wiktorski

Heather Roffe Wiktorski

Associate Professor of Dance
585-389-2163
hroffe4@naz.edu
Arts Center 22
Bio

Program Director of Dance. She has performed nationally and internationally with the Garth Fagan Dance Company; Bill Evans Dance Company; FuturPointe Dance; Assemblage Dance; her own work as artistic director of Heather Roffe, Dance; and at festivals such as Jacob’s Pillow, the International Dance Festival, and the American Dance Guild Festival. Roffe’s choreography has been presented across the country, internationally, and has been commissioned by dance companies and college programs. Her choreography explores the human experience,  including relationships to each other, our world, and technology; solidarity vs. isolationism; and divisive memes such as classism, racism, and gender. Roffe collaborates through movement to reveal and dramatize the power of human gesture and of the body’s inherent ability to convey universal themes of love, loss, compassion, and fear. Roffe is an active scholar in the field of dance, presenting nationally and internationally on dance pedagogy, somatics, and dance and feminism.

Her website: heather-roffe.squarespace.com

Theatre and Dance Faculty »

Zhongyuan "Grace" Fa, alum, was a dance major and went on for a master's degree

Spotlight: Zhongyuan "Grace" Fa '16

"I got very thorough dance training, many chances to take master classes, and lots of performance opportunities. The department was very supportive and felt like a big family.

"For my senior project, Professor Heather Roffe connected me with a computer science professor at Rochester Institute of Technology to collaborate on a piece where we danced on camera, which transferred our motion from the stage to a scene in a virtual world. It was the coolest thing to choreograph and I have not seen any other pieces like it. We performed at the Rochester Fringe Festival and won the national Internet2 Augmented Reality Contest. I'm continuing to work on my choreography skills in a graduate program (master of fine arts in dance)."

Example Careers

  • Dance educator - private studio/coach, public school educator, higher education professor
  • Dance therapist
  • Performer
  • Choreographer
  • Somatic practitioner (Pilates, yoga, fitness)

Internships

  • Professional dance company administrative intern
  • Studio teaching intern/summer workshop intern
  • Choreographer, dance captain, or performer in community/regional theatre productions

Graduate Schools/Employers

  • Ohio State University
  • Sarah Lawrence College
  • Goddard College
  • Rutgers University