The WACD Mission Statement
World Arts and Cultures/Dance
Defined by a dynamic blend of theory and practice, World Arts and Cultures/Dance (WACD) is led by a renowned faculty of scholars, activists, curators, filmmakers, and choreographers dedicated to critical cross-cultural analysis and art-making. Our department is the place to make dances, explore digital media, curate exhibitions, become an arts activist, and develop scholarly expertise in culture and the arts. We draw upon multiple disciplines and artistic approaches while encouraging students to position their work within broad social contexts.
In our World Arts and Cultures BA, we emphasize arts activism, visual cultures, and critical ethnographies. The Dance BA integrates composition, training, and improvisation, while challenging students to locate dance politically, culturally, and historically. Our MFA in Dance promotes adventurous choreographic inquiry and engages with global discourses around the body and performance. The MA/PhD programs address theories of corporeality, performance, visuality, and culture, offering interdisciplinary training that fosters independent research. The Art & Global Health Center enables undergraduate and graduate students to explore art as a life-saving activity.
WACD’s path-breaking programs are committed to academic excellence, diversity, freedom of expression, activism, and social transformation through the arts.