What is Orchesis?

Orchesis attempts to introduce students to the broadest opportunities possible for active participation in the various forms of dance. Students work with visiting artists; attend performances in other venues; study in New York City; engage in choreographic projects; work in the community to educate and develop an audience for dance; gain experience in lighting, sound and costume design – all technical aspects of performance.

Orchesis participates in school activities and collaborates with other groups to create a sense of camaraderie on campus. Fundraisers are held throughout the year to raise money for events that strengthen the dance curriculum. Visiting artists, intensive study in dance at off-campus sites and cost of tickets for trips to view dance are all supported by Orchesis.

There are several performance opportunities throughout the year and all work is generated by the students and guest artists. Serious dance students have the opportunity to do intensive study in New York City over the January term, spring or summer break. This opportunity is funded by Orchesis and Friends of Orchesis.