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 Goddess Archetype Questionnaire
The Dance curriculum at Cornish places equal emphasis on physical mastery and creative expression. Students spend an average of 6 to 8 hours each day in dance courses, with a minimum of 16 hours of technique classes per week. In the Dance Department’s Accelerated Degree Program, select students can complete their coursework for a BFA in three years with some summer study.

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3 = 90% or above (mostly always)
Cornish alumni work in many areas of the dance profession from performance, choreography and teaching to related fields such as body therapies, conditioning techniques (including Pilates and Gyrotonics), costume design, arts administration and technical production. Dance Department graduates and former students have performed with prominent companies including the Merce Cunningham Dance Company, Trisha Brown Dance Company, Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company, Mark Morris Dance Group, Shen Wei Dance Arts, Isadora Duncan Dance Company, American Ballet Theater, Ballet Hispanico, Milwaukee Ballet II, Ballet Nouveau, Malashock Dance, Peter Pucci and Dancers, Zoe Scofield, Lineage Dance Company, Silver Brown Dance Company, Scott/Powell Performance Group, Spectrum Dance Theater, Lingo Dance Company, and the Pat Graney Dance Company.


2 = 70 - 89% (most of the time)

The University of Southern California USC Kaufman seeks a collaborative, dynamic and innovative artist-scholar to teach all levels of ballet technique for undergraduate dance majors, non-majors, and minors. Successful candidates will have significant professional and/or university-level experience in teaching ballet technique, men’s ballet technique, classical male variations, classical partnering and contemporary partnering as well as teaching and/or staging classical and/or contemporary masterworks. Experience in teaching other areas of dance is desirable but not required.

The Cornish College of the Arts Dance Department does not offer a teaching certificate for the K – 12 school system. However, the department has entered into a formal agreement with the University of Washington Dance Program, enabling Cornish graduates to earn a Dance endorsement upon completion of the Master-in-Teaching degree through the University of Washington’s College of Education. Under the agreement, Cornish graduates who have earned a BFA in Dance and complete the University of Washington M-I-T program will qualify for a Washington State Residency Teaching Certificate with a teaching endorsement in Dance.

7. My experience or views of marriage or coupling

Cornish Dance majors have the opportunity to complete the initial two stages of trainer preparation in the Gyrotonic® conditioning system while earning credits toward their degrees. Studying at Seattle’s Gyrotonic Movement Center under master trainer Karen Mullin, students can complete the Progression 1 and Pre-Training courses, qualifying them for the Gyrotonic® Foundation Teacher Training Course.​

8. Relationship to my sexuality

The Cornish Pilates Matwork Teaching Certificate prepares students to teach Pilates mat classes in studios and gyms. The program requires an intensive workshop in Pilates matwork in addition to existing Dance coursework in anatomy, kinesiology, somatics and pedagogy. The Certificate Program is taught by core faculty Michele Miller who studied under the direction of Romana Kryzanowska and has been teaching Pilates for 20 years.​

12. Type of friends I am drawn to

The Dance Department offers two specialized BFA options in addition to its four-year BFA degree: the Accelerated Degree Program and the Professional Dancers Program. In the Accelerated Degree Program, select students can complete their BFA in Dance in three years with some summer study. The Professional Dancers Program awards up to two years of college credit for professional dance experience, enabling professional dancers to complete their BFA in Dance in a shorter time.​

13. Books I enjoy and have around my home

Preferred qualifications: Experience that includes: a strong record of administrative leadership at the level of chair or higher; curriculum development; performance and production management; integrating engaged pedagogies and new technologies into curriculum; strategic planning; recruitment; and fund raising.