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Somatic Studies

Dance Minor Curriculum: Somatic Studies

Somatic Studies in dance considers the particular bodily kinesthetic knowledge that dancers develop in the course of their education. Students perform physical activities and analyze movement practices from a variety of somatic theory perspectives, learning about the body's operations through both theory and practice. Study in this minor augments degree work in psychology, pre-physical therapy, exercise physiology, recreational therapy and physical education.Concentrated study in the somatic studies minor helps prepare for employment or graduate work in dance therapy, clinical psychology, physical therapy, dance kinesiology and recreational therapy. To become a dance minor in somatic studies you must have sophomore standing, a 3.0 GPA in your major discipline or field of study and come to the School of Dance to meet with an advisor.No audition is required.The minor in Somatic Studies requires 30 credits.

Dance Techniques Modern, Ballet Jazz or African at the 200 level or above 4

Dance 1700 – The Dance Experience 3

Dance 2700 – Histories, Traditions and Languages of Dance 3

Dance 3300 – Dance Kinesiology I 3

Dance 3301 – Pilates Reformer Training 1

Dance 3302 – Pilates Mat Training 1

Dance 3303 – Bartenieff Fundamentals 2

Dance 3304 – Yoga: Principles and Practice 1

Dance 4300 – Dance Kinesiology II 2

Dance 4900/4930 - Independent Study/Special Topics 1

Total Credit Hours21

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Marina Gobins Walchli

Professor Emeritus of Dance: Kinesiology, Pilates, Dance Videography

Dr. Tresa Randall

Associate Professor of Dance: History, Modern, Ballet, Choreography

Nathan Andary

Visiting Assistant Professor of Dance: Choreography, Modern, Laban Movement Analysis, Dance Pedagogy