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Haley Rundorff

Expected Graduation: 2022
Dance | Neuroscience (intended)
Haley smiles as they rest their forehead on their right fist. They are wearing green and there are bright trees behind them.


Majors: Dance and intended Neuroscience 

What is your favorite thing about majoring in dance at UW?

My favorite thing is that it provides space for dance to remain a significant portion of my life at UW. Honestly, dance is really important for me to maintain my mental health, especially during the school year, so to have significant time during the week dedicated to dancing and thinking about dance in the midst of my otherwise STEM-heavy schedule has made college so much more enjoyable for me.

Why did you choose to major in dance?

I've been dancing for most of my life, and I knew that I wasn't ready to let go of it. Even though I wasn't sure yet what role dance would play in my future, I decided to continue pursuing dance alongside neuroscience because I am passionate about both and I wanted to see where they would lead me.

What are your goals for post-graduation?

I'm not entirely sure right now, but ideally, I would take a few gap years to work and dance professionally before attending medical or PT school.

What advice would you offer to students considering the dance major?

Take a few technique classes, take an academic dance class, and get involved in the shows put on by the dance department and Dance Student Association to see what you think. I'd also recommend talking to our advisor, Kelly Canaday, if you're thinking at all about becoming a dance major or minor. She's an amazing resource for everything related to the dance program, from planning and scheduling to just bouncing ideas around.