Stanford Dance is a division of The Department of Theater & Performance Studies (TAPS). The Dance Division offers a range of broadly diverse approaches to dance as a performing art, cultural practice, political act and embodiment of ideology and beliefs. All of the dimensions through which one comes to experience dance, from studying a range of dance techniques, choreographing and performing to viewing and critically and historically assessing dance, are represented in the course offerings of the Dance Division.
Dance at Stanford is positioned as a rich and living art medium through which we read culture and our location within it. Through academic and creative studio work, students are introduced to new models of scholarship that explore dance’s capacity to chart and at times resist social norms and bodily behaviors. Through sustained and rigorous encounters with dance, students in the Dance Division gain skills for understanding how bodies move through cultural spaces and the complex factors of identity, culture and history that determine how we perceive these bodies.
Working from a grounding in Western dance practices, a variety of global dance forms are also offered to invite students to experience dance as a celebration, enactment and contestation of identity and power. Dance is thus highlighted as a unique area of study focusing on the moving body and bringing to the Humanities conceptual and empirical approaches to studying history, culture and political acts.
The Stanford Dance Division director is Professor Janice Ross.
The Dance Division main office is location in Roble Gymnasium Building. Our address is:
Stanford Dance Division
Roble Gymnasium Building
375 Santa Teresa
Stanford, CA 94305
Main Office Phone: (650) 723-1234
Main Office Fax: (650) 721-6550
Take the Alpine Road exit toward Menlo Park, Palo Alto, Stanford.
Turn right onto Junipero Serra and then left onto Campus Drive West (opposite entrance to Stanford Golf Course).
At the first stop sign, turn right onto Santa Teresa Street. After you pass several dormitories on your right and a grass field on your left, you will see Roble Gym on your left.
Park at a meter in the lot on your right (read parking directions below).
Enter Roble Gym's main entrance.
Exit at Embarcadero Road West/Stanford University. Follow Embarcadero Road through Palo Alto.
Cross El Camino Real and enter the Stanford campus. Stay in the left lane when the road splits in two.
At the first stop sign on Campus Drive, turn right. Follow Campus Drive; you will pass Palm Drive, a hospital on your right, the Gates Building on your left, and then Campus Drive will make a right angle turn.
Turn left onto Santa Teresa Street (after you seem to have left buildings behind, Santa Teresa Street will be off to your left at a three-way stop sign).
You will see Roble Gym on your left after you pass several dorm buildings on your right and a grass field on your left.
Park at a meter in the parking lot on your right (read parking directions below).
Enter Roble Gym's main entrance.
Visitors are asked to use our $1.50/hour coin-metered spaces or to purchase one-day "Visitor" scratchers (available for $12.00 each) which allow parking in Pay & Display lots and at meters. You can purchase scratchers The Parking & Transportation Services office at 340 Bonair Siding (open weekdays 7:30-5, phone 650 723-9362) "A" and "C" parking areas on campus are only enforced on weekdays between 6am - 4pm. On weekends and after 4pm, you can use "A" or "C" parking.