The Five College Dance Department is a collaboration of the dance departments and programs from Amherst, Hampshire, Mount Holyoke, and Smith Colleges and the University of Massachusetts Amherst. This collaboration is founded on a commitment to honor, respect and support the individual perspectives on dance characteristic of each campus. Together our educational and artistic mission is to champion the imaginative, expressive powers of human movement. Our curriculum emphasizes in-depth study of a broad spectrum of dance as an art form, including technical, creative, historical, cultural and scientific study. Students are encouraged to balance performance and creative studies with a broad understanding of the historical and cultural contexts of different dance traditions. They may shape their major studies in either traditional or interdisciplinary ways, reflecting the wide range of career options and new directions of the contemporary field.