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Dance Program Records

Call Number: UA165

Scope and Contents

This collection contains audiovisual material, course materials, newspaper clippings, photographs, publications, and subject files related to the Dance Program, which is currently part of the Department of Drama and Dance. This program was formerly associated with the Department of Physical Education. The professionals records of Professor Alice Trexler, former director of the Dance Program, can be found in the "Unprocessed accessions" series.


  • Creation: 1955 -- 2012


Language of Materials



University records are closed for 20 years from the date of their creation. Records older than 20 years that do not pertain to student education, staff and faculty employment and Board of Trustees records are open for research. This collection may require review before it is available for use. Please contact DCA for further details.

Conditions Governing Use

Some material in this collection may be protected by copyright and other rights. Please see “Reproductions and Use” on the Digital Collections and Archives website for more information about reproductions and permission to publish. Copyright to all materials created by Tufts University employees in the course of their work is held by the Trustees of Tufts University.

Biographical / Historical

The Department of Drama and Dance formally came into existence on September 1, 1983. The Department of Drama absorbed the Dance Program which had been part of the Department of Physical Education to create the newly formed department. Professor Sherwood Collins, who had been the Chair of the Department of Drama remained as the head of the newly expanded department. Associate Professor Alice Trexler, who had been at the helm of the Dance Program, remained as its director after the formation of the new department had been officially completed.

The Department of Drama and Dance articulated information about the Department in the Bulletin of Tuft University for the academic year 1984-1985 as follows, "Through the study of drama and theater arts, the student can cultivate an understanding and appreciation of one of Western society's main civilizing forces; develop powers of intellect, imagination, emotion, and vocal and bodily expressiveness, as well as standards of good taste and workmanship; and gain a sound foundation for later pursuit of interests in this field". Regarding the Dance Program, the Bulletin stated, "The objectives of the Tufts dance program are to acquaint the student with both dance technique and dance theory within the realm of a liberal arts education".

The Department of Drama and Dance offers graduate programs leading to a Master of Arts as well as a Doctor of Philosophy.

Dance is a component of the Department of Drama and Dance, operating within the liberal arts philosophy with beginning to advanced courses. Events vary by semester, including informal presentations of faculty/student/guest work. Creativity and critical thinking are stressed in classes. The program serves the liberal arts goals rather than having a conservatory orientation even though several or more of our courses offer opportunities for students to continue with advanced skills. Modern dance is the core curricular element along with several non-western forms offered during the year.


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This collection is organized into five series: History and development; Course materials and syllabi; Programming and publicity; Student organizations; and Unprocessed accessions.

Processing status

This collection is partially processed.

Repository Details

Part of the Tufts Archival Research Center Repository

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