Dance can help you reach your educational goals
Located in building 5, the dance studios at Lane provide an open, light-filled space for you to grow and learn as a dancer. With a stunning half room enclosure of windows, the main dance studio allows you to take in the incredible natural surroundings of Lane’s main campus while moving through the space. Not interested in wearing your dance gear around campus all day? You won’t have to! While enrolled in dance classes, you’ll have access to full-service locker room facilities before and after your class.
Lane’s dance program offers various performance opportunities throughout the year in the Lane Dance Company, in student dance concerts, in visiting artist performances, in end of term showcases, at Friday Art Walks, screendance films, and more! As one of the only community colleges privileged enough to be a member of the American College Dance Association, we teach our students to be dynamic, collaborative and professional level dancers.
What you’ll learn
Whether you’ve been dancing since you were a kid, or you’ve never been inside a dance studio, we offer classes for all levels of ability! Lane’s dance program is designed for both the dance major and the dance enthusiast, so whether you’re taking classes to fulfill your degree requirements or just for fun, there’s a place for you.
Transfer Interest Area
One of the finest programs in the Pacific Northwest, and the only 2-year program in Oregon, the Lane Dance Program develops the dancer physically, emotionally and academically. Regardless of your prior experience with dance, Lane’s dance program offers courses of all levels to help you grow and expand your technique. Geared toward both the transfer student and those seeking personal enrichment, the program offers classes in contemporary and ballet technique, somatics, theory, and world dance.
WHAT YOU'LL LEARN
- Technique classes based on skill-level in contemporary dance and ballet.
- Your choice of somatic classes that include fluid yoga, meditation in motion, pilates, dancing the fluid body (Continuum), and contact improvisation.
- Choreography courses such as improvisation, dance composition, and group choreography.
- Additional dance experience classes in fields such as Balinese, African, hip hop, musical theatre, tap and more.
Many students take advantage of our articulation programs with University of Oregon and Western Oregon University to transfer directly into their dance departments upon completion of their studies here. If you’re not sure where you want to go after Lane, talk to the art academic advisors! They’ll help you navigate your options and find the right path for your goals.
Because of the technical skills and techniques that students have obtained in the Dance program at Lane, students have transferred to top tier dance schools such as Mills College, University of Oregon, Cornish Institute of the Arts, Naropa Institute, University of Wisconsin, and San Francisco State University, among many others. After enrolling with Lane, you can work with your advisor to develop a transfer plan that works for you.
Not sure which is for you? Learn more about the types of degrees & certificates Lane has to offer
Hear what our students say about our program in the video below
Dance Talent Grants are competitive grants awarded to deserving students. The grants pay for 12 credits of tuition for Winter and Spring terms. Submit your completed application by November 23rd, 2022. Degree seeking students are given priority.
Talent Grants are awarded to exceptional students who demonstrate the potential to succeed in the field of dance. This includes talent, dedication, discipline, commitment and respect for the art form. Students must have a GPA of 3.0 in Performing Arts and at least a 2.0 in other courses.
Students must demonstrate outstanding studentship, which includes modeling of high standards and respect for teachers, fellow students and the facilities. Talent Grant students are chosen through auditions by the dance faculty to serve as role models in the program. Talent Grants pay tuition for 12 credits and are awarded in Winter term and continued into Spring term if all of the criteria are met.
Curious which Dance class to take first?
If you are new to dance/movement you will want to begin with Dance Basics and may want to consider taking Pilates, Meditation in Motion, or Fluid Yoga. If you have had 2 or more years of dance training in ballet, contemporary or jazz in the last two years, or recent experience in athletics, cheerleading, or dance team you should begin at the Dance 2 level. During the first week of the term the Dance instructors will be assessing to make sure you are placed at the appropriate levels. If you have concerns, you can speak directly with your instructors regarding placement at that time. If you have questions or concerns, contact Bonnie Simoa. Auditions are not required for classes.