Hope College

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In the mid-1960s when Maxine DeBruyn was teaching the one and only dance offering at Hope, it might have seemed presumptuous to believe that a dance program would evolve and become established on the college’s campus in 1975. But from that handful of students who enrolled in DeBruyn’s first modern dance class, the department today offers majors in dance performance and choreography, dance education, a preparatory program in dance therapy, and dual majors in dance/medicine and dance/engineering. Minors are also available for those students from other disciplines who see the advantage of capitalizing on the skills and abilities dance has to offer. In 1984, the National Association of Schools of Dance (NASD) granted Hope College the first accreditation to its membership in the State of Michigan. Hope is a charter member. The collection contains an annual report (1983), news clippings (1975-2005), a departmental review (1985), a 1991 self-study, performance programs (1975-2015), and videos of past performances (1984-present).


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