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The Dance/Performance Major

The Department of Dance and Performance Studies develops highly trained, creatively active and professionally oriented students with its unique curriculum. A Bachelor of Arts degree is offered in Dance/Performance. The program allows for individual attention from the faculty, all working professionals in the field.
Courses are offered in technique (Ballet, Contemporary, Modern, Mime, Movement Theatre, Ethnic and Social forms), choreography, history, pedagogy, movement analysis, kinesiology, performance techniques, and other special topic courses to keep students on the forefront of emerging topics of the field. The dance faculty guides students towards partnering the Dance major with another major/ minor for a broad range of career options in addition to performance and choreography; examples include Dance/ Psychology towards Dance and Movement Therapy, Dance/ Secondary Ed for a Teaching Certification, Dance/Biology for Occupational or Physical Therapy, Dance/PR for work in the Communication field and Dance/Arts Management for non-profit or studio management. Our department offers live accompaniment for each technique class and gives opportunities for students to collaborate with our staff composer, facilitating crucial skills for work in professional dance fields. Students broaden their backgrounds in the related arts, foster perceptive appreciation and develop artistic discrimination. An audition is required for acceptance into the program.
An important option for Dance and Performance Studies majors is the semester-long Dancing in London Program. Students may spend the fall semester of their junior year in London working with an international faculty of technique teachers and choreographers. Students also attend dozens of dance and theater performances presented by British and international companies.
Each semester, the department welcomes to campus notable artists for teaching and choreographic residencies and performance collaborations. Artists have included Seán Curran, Doug Elkins, Molissa Fenley, Billy Siegenfeld, Meredith Monk, Kate Weare, Neta Pulvermarcher, Tiffany Mills, Christina Robson, Jean Abreu, Jason Aryeh, Hilary Easton, Takehiro Ueyama, Jorge Crecis, TJ Lowe and K.J. Holmes.

DEGREE REQUIREMENTS

The Dance/Performance major must satisfy University Core Curriculum requirements. In addition, majors must successfully complete the 42 credits listed below and sufficient electives to total 120 credits. Majors are encouraged to apply electives toward a minor or second major. Majors are also required to participate in a technique class every day and maintain a satisfactory level of competence. Progress is evaluated by faculty each semester

Foundation Courses – Required – 9 credits

DANCE 101 The Creative Athlete  
DANCE 290 Introduction to Choreography  
DANCE 310 Dance History  

Technique Studies Courses – Required – 15 credits

DANCE 210 Ballet I  

and a minimum of 12 credits in Upper Level Technique courses taken from the following:

DANCE 211 Ballet II  
DANCE 220
Intermediate Contemporary Modern
Technique and Improvisation I
 
DANCE 221
Intermediate Contemporary Modern
Technique and Improvisation II
 
DANCE 301
Intermediate Contemporary Modern
Technique and Improvisation III
 
DANCE 302
Intermediate Contemporary Modern
Technique and Improvisation IV
 
DANCE 320 Advanced Technique and Improvisation I  
DANCE 321 Advanced Technique and Improvisation II  
DANCE 401 Advanced Technique and Improvisation III  
DANCE 402 Advanced Technique and Improvisation IV  

A daily technique class in Modern, Contemporary, and/or Ballet (credit or audit) is required of all majors.

Theory and Performance Studies Courses – 18 credits
Choose 6 out of the following 7 courses:

DANCE 131 Mime Workshop  
DANCE 340 Performance Lab and Movement Analysis  
DANCE 390 Advanced Choreography  
DANCE 425 Kinesiology for Dancers  
DANCE 435 The Performance Artist in Society  
DANCE 440 Movement Theatre  
DANCE 460
Teaching Techniques, Dance Pedagogy and Musical Concepts
 

Note: Students completing Dance Teacher Certification are required to take DANCE 161 and DANCE 460

The PK-12 Dance/Education Dual Major

DEGREE REQUIREMENTS

Majors pursuing a dual major in Dance and education must satisfy University Core Curriculum requirements, and the College speech requirement, COMM 210, all education requirements, the following 45 credits as specified and sufficient electives to total 120 credits.

Foundation Courses – Required – 9 credits

DANCE 101 The Creative Athlete  
DANCE 290 Introduction to Choreography  
DANCE 310 Dance History  

Dance Teacher Certification – Required 3 credits

*DANCE 161 Tap and Theatre Dance Styles I  

Technique Studies Courses – Required – 15 credits

DANCE 210 Ballet I  

and a minimum of 12 credits in Upper Level Technique courses taken from the following:

DANCE 211 Ballet II  
DANCE 220 Intermediate Contemporary Modern Technique and Improvisation I  
DANCE 221 Intermediate Contemporary Modern Technique and Improvisation II  
DANCE 301 Intermediate Contemporary Modern Technique and Improvisation III  
DANCE 302 Intermediate Contemporary Modern Technique and Improvisation IV  
DANCE 320 Advanced Technique and Improvisation I  
DANCE 321 Advanced Technique and Improvisation II  
DANCE 401 Advanced Technique and Improvisation III  
DANCE 402 Advanced Technique and Improvisation IV  

 

A daily technique class in Modern, Jazz, and/or Ballet (credit or audit) is required of all majors.

Theory and Performance Studies Courses – 18 credits

Choose 6 out of the following 7 courses: DANCE 460 required

DANCE 131 Mime Workshop  
DANCE 340 Performance Lab and Movement Analysis  
DANCE 390 Advanced Choreography  
DANCE 425 Kinesiology for Dancers  
DANCE 435 The Performance Artist in Society  
DANCE 440 Movement Theatre  
DANCE 460 Teaching Techniques, Dance Pedagogy, and Musical Concepts  

Note: Students completing Dance Teacher Certification are required to take DANCE 161 and DANCE 460.