About the Division of Dance

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.


Contact Dance

The Dance Division main office and faculty offices are temporarily located in Cypress Hall, 466 Via Ortega. During the 2014 Winter Quarter, dance classes and rehearsals will continue to be held in Roble Gymnasium at 375 Santa Teresa Street.

Our mailing address is:
Division of Dance
Stanford University
466 Via Ortega
Cypress Hall
Stanford, CA 94305

Main Office Phone: (650) 723-1234
Main Office Fax: (650) 721-6550

*****Please note that ticket purchases cannot be made over the phone, by surface mail, or by fax; tickets are available here or at the door, beginning one hour prior to curtain, depending on availability.*****

The addresses and directions to our various performance spaces can be found here.

Partners on Campus

  • INSTITUTE FOR DIVERSITY AND THE ARTS
    IDA is an interdisciplinary program in the humanities that involves students in the study of culture, identity and diversity through artistic expression. Our mission is to engage artists, students and the local community in a collaborative process to create visual and performing art.
  • STANFORD ARTS INSTITUTE
    The Stanford Arts Institute focuses on promoting cross-disciplinary approaches to the arts—in teaching, research, and art-making. Drawing on Stanford’s strengths in collaboration and innovation, the Arts Institute exists to integrate the values and skills found in the arts throughout a Stanford University education.

The Stanford Arts Institute forges arts connections across the university, gives grants for faculty, staff, and students; presents arts events, incubates new projects and promotes artists and cultural groups across our campus. Since its founding in 2006, the Stanford Arts Institute has been a catalyst helping the Stanford arts community to grow.
  • STUDENT DANCE & THEATER ASSOCIATION
    This social network connects the numerous student-run dance and theater groups on campus.
  • STANFORD LIVE
    Stanford Live curates experiences that engage artists’ and audiences’ imagination, creativity, and sense of adventure. Founded in 1969 at Stanford University, we produce and present music, theater, dance, spoken word, and multi-media events. We place a special focus on innovation and risk-taking, and through commissions and premieres are an incubator and destination for new work. Stanford Live plays a leading and collaborative role in the university’s thriving vision of a sustained culture of creativity--one in which the arts integrate with the academic disciplines, flourish as a vital part of campus and community life, and inspire new perspectives on our lives and culture.