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Curricula for BFA and BA degrees in Dance and Dance Minors. 

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BFA in Performance & Choreography:

Major Code BF5154

The Bachelor of Fine Arts curriculum provides a foundation on which to build a career as a performer, choreographer or teacher. Core curriculum in dance emphasizes developing performance skills through the study of technique, and fostering creative abilities through the study of choreography. Other major coursework provides a broad knowledge in dance history, ethnology, kinesiology, music, and the teaching of dance. A minimum of 128 credit hours are required for the BFA in Dance.

BFA in Dance: First Year Curriculum

Semester

Course

Title

Credit Hours

F/S

F/S

1210, 1211

1220, 1221

Modern Technique I/II

Ballet Technique I/II

4

3

F/S

1230, 1231

Choreography I/II

4

 

2700

Language of Dance

3

F or S

1801

Dance Production I

2

Credit Hours in Dance

16+

Tier I, General Ed., Writing Skills & Math Skills

6

Tier II, Major Requirements** & Electives 1

6-9

 

 

TOTAL CREDIT HOURS

30+

The First year of the program introduces the dancer to the expectations of the school for its pre-professional training program.


 

BFA in Dance: Second Year Curriculum

Semester

Course

Title

Credit Hours

F/S

2210, 2211

Modern Technique III/IV

4

F/S

F

2220, 2221

(Fall optional)

OR

1250

Ballet Technique III/IV

African Dance I

3

1.5

F/S

2230, 2231

Int. Dance Composition I

4

F

1110

Music for Dance I

2

 

3120

Music for Dance II

1

F

F or S

3150

3300

2801

Laban Movement Analysis

Dance Kinesiology I

Lighting for Dance

3

3

2

Credit Hours in Dance

18+

Tier I, General Ed., Writing Skills & Math Skills

6

Tier II, Major Requirements** & Electives 1

6-9

 

 

TOTAL CREDIT HOURS

30+

**Dance majors must complete 11 credits in consultation with advisor. Requirements could include interdisciplinary courses and electives in dance, art, music, film or theater.

The second year of the program deepens the discipline and practice of dance for the BFA major in Choreography and Performance.Students are expected to devote more time to their work outside the usual class period.


 

BFA in Dance: Third Year Curriculum

Semester

Course

Title

Credit Hours

F/S

3210, 3211

Modern Technique V/VI

4

F/S

F/S

3220, 3221

1240 or 2250

Ballet Technique V/VI

Jazz Dance I or African II

3

1.5

F/S

3230,3231

Adv. Dance Composition

4

F or S

3801

Dance Production II

1

F

4710

Histories of Modern & Postmodern

3

F or S

*2710,3550,

4711,4750

Dance History

3

S4300Dance Kinesiology II

3

S3405Dance Pedagogy

3

Credit Hours in Dance

25.5

Junior English

3

Tier II, Major Requirements** & Electives

6

 

 

TOTAL CREDIT HOURS

34+

*Dance History requirements for the major include Dance 2700 and 4710, and two additional courses selected from among the following: 2710 (Black Dance Forms), 3550 (Dance Cultures of the World) 4750 (Dance in Non-Western Expressive Cultures), and 4711 (Dance, Sexuality and Gender).

The third year intensifies focus on training and the application of knowledge in a variety of areas including kinesiology and teaching courses.A Junior choreography project is undertaken in the spring of the junior year to prepare the BFA major for the senior capstone project work.


 

BFA in Dance: Fourth Year Curriculum

Semester

Course

Title

Credit Hours

F/S

4210, 4211

Modern Technique VII, VIII

4

F/S

4220, 4221

Ballet Technique VI, VIII

3

F/S

4800

Senior Capstone

6

F/S2240 or 3250Jazz Dance II or African Dance III

3

S4711Dance, Sexuality and Gender

3

Credit Hours in Dance

19

Tier III

3

Major Requirements** & Electives

6-9

 

 

TOTAL CREDIT HOURS

30+

The final year refines the dancer's technique, choreographic production and concert management in a senior choreographic project.Students who have an interest in teaching may be invited to teach under supervision.

 





BA in Dance: 

Major Code BA5150

The Bachelor of Arts curriculum offers a program of broad study in dance within a liberal arts degree framework. The BA degree develops the dance skills necessary to perform and a facility in the use of principles and procedures that reflect an intellectual grasp of the art.The degree presents strong potential for interdisciplinary studies and provides preparation for future graduate study.A required core curriculum in the first year emphasizes developing performance skills through the study of technique, and fostering creative abilities through the study of choreography. Other major coursework in dance provides a broad knowledge in dance history, ethnology, kinesiology, music, and the teaching of dance. The BA degree in dance also offers different possibilities for double majors with other disciplines in Arts & Sciences than the BFA degree in dance. A minimum of 120 credit hours are required for the BA in Dance.
 

BA in Dance: First Year Curriculum

Semester

Course

Title

Credit Hours

F/S

1230, 1231

Composition Lab

0

F/S

1210, 1211

Modern Technique I/II

4

F/S

1220, 1221

Ballet Technique I/II

3

F/S

1230, 1231

Choreography I/II

4

 

2700

Language of Dance

3

 

3300

Intro to Kinesiology (may be offered in alternate years)

3

F or S

1801

Production Practicum

2

Credit Hours in Dance

17-19

Tier I, General Ed., Writing Skills & Math Skills

6

Tier II, Major Requirements** & Electives 1

6-9

TOTAL CREDIT HOURS

29+





BA in Dance: Second Year Curriculum (sample)

Semester

Course

Title

Credit Hours

F/S

2210, 2211

-or-

2220, 2221

-or-

2240D, 2250

Modern Technique III/IV

Ballet Technique III/IV

Jazz Technique II or African II

4

3

 

4300

or Kinesiology III – 431)

3-4.5

F or S

1801 or 3801

Production Practicum

1-2

F or S

*2710 or 4750

Dance History (World Cultures)

3

 

 

Choreography (optional)

 

 

 

Credit Hours in Dance

14+

Tier II

6-9

Electives

6-9

Foreign Language

6

TOTAL CREDIT HOURS

28+

*Dance History requirements for the BA include Dance 2700 and 4710, and one additional courses selected from among the following: 2710 (Black Dance Forms), 3550 (Dance Cultures of the World) 4750 (Dance in Non-Western Expressive Cultures), or 4711 (Dance, Sexuality and Gender).




BA in Dance: Third Year Curriculum (sample)

Semester

Course

Title

Credit Hours

F or S

3801

Production Practicum

1

F or S

3330, 4300

Kinesiology II (or Kinesiology III – 431)

3

 

4710

Histories of Modern and Postmodern

3

 

3405

Dance Pedagogy

3

 

*4711, 4750

Dance History or World Cultures

3

 

3150

Laban Movement Analysis

3

 

 

Technique (optional)

 

 

 

Choreography (optional)

 

 

 

Credit Hours in Dance

15+

Junior English

3

Tier II

6-9

Electives

6-9

Foreign Language

6

TOTAL CREDIT HOURS

30+





BA in Dance: Fourth Year Curriculum (sample)

Semester

Course

Title

Credit Hours

F or S

3801

Production Practicum

1

F or S

4900

Senior Capstone Project

3

 

 

 

 

 

 

Technique (optional)

2-4

 

 

Choreography (optional)

2-4

 

 

Credit Hours in Dance

7+

Tier III or Senior Capstone

3-5

Electives

16-19

TOTAL CREDIT HOURS

28+

 

 


 

Dance Minor in Choreography and Performance:

 

Minor code OR5154

 

A dance minor is designed for individuals majoring in other fields who wish, in the course of their college experience, to gain an understanding of the art of dance. This program may, however, be applied toward the dance major sequence. To become a dance minor, you must come to the School of Dance for an audition and advising. The first semester of work is probationary.

 

DANC 1210, 1220, and 1230 must be taken sequentially within one academic year. Under exceptional circumstances and with faculty approval, other arrangements may be made.

• Dance Electives Credit Hours: 3

 

Program Requirements

 

The minor program includes 20 credits, with a minimum of 3 credits selected from DANC 3120, 3130, 3300, 3550, 4330, 4410, 4420, 4710, 4750. Program approval is required.

 

F/S

1230, 1231

Composition Lab

0

F/S

1210, 1211

Modern Technique I/II

4

F/S

1220, 1221

Ballet Technique I/II

3

F/S

1230, 1231

Choreography I/II

4

S

2700

Language of Dance

3

S

1801

Dance Production I

2

 

 


 

Dance History and Theory Minor:  

 

Minor code ORDNCH

 

The dance minor in history and theory focuses on the growing field of dance studies that use a theoretical perspective based in dance and other movement practices as a means of analyzing dance within larger cultural contexts. This dance minor integrates theory and practice as a means of heightening a scholarly inquiry. This concentrated study helps prepare for employment or graduate study with a specialized dance emphasis in arts administration, dance ethnology, and dance in film or video.

 

To become a dance minor in history and theory you must have a sophomore standing, a 3.0 GPA in your major discipline or field, and come to the School of Dance to meet with an advisor. No audition is required.

 

Program Requirements

 

The minor in dance theory and history requires 20 credits.

• Dance Technique Modern, Ballet, Jazz or African at the 2000 level or above Credit Hours: 4

• DANC 1700 – The Dance Experience Credit Hours: 3

• DANC 2700 – Language of Dance Credit Hours: 3

 

Select one course from the following:

• DANC 2710 - Black Dance Forms Credit Hours: 3 

• DANC 3550 - Dance Cultures of the World I Credit Hours: 3 

  

 Select three courses from the following:

  • DANC 3550 – Dance Cultures of the World Credit Hours: 3

• DANC 4710 - Histories of Modern and Postmodern Choreography and Practice Credit Hours: 3

• DANC 4711 – Dance, Sexuality and Gender Credit Hours: 3

• DANC 4750 – Dance in Non-Western Expressive Cultures Credit Hours: 3

Total Credit Hours: 20

 


 

Dance Somatic Studies Minor   

 

Minor code ORDNCS

 

The dance minor in somatic studies considers the bodily kinesthetic knowledge that dancers develop in the course of their study of movement. Students perform physical activities and analyze movement practices from a variety of somatic theory perspectives and learn 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 study 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.

 

Program Requirements

 

The minor in dance somatic studies requires 30 credits.

• Dance Technique- Modern, Ballet, Jazz or African at the 200 level or above Credit Hours: 6

 

• DANC 1700 – The Dance Experience Credit Hours: 3

• DANC 2700 – Language of Dance Credit Hours: 3

• DANC 3300 – Dance Kinesiology I Credit Hours: 3 

• DANC 3150 - Laban Movement Analysis I Credit Hours: 3 

DANC 3302 - Pilates Reformer Training Credit Hours: 1 

• DANC 3303 - Bartenieff Fundamentals Credit Hours: 1 

• DANC 3302 - Pilates Mat Training Credit Hours: 1 

• DANC 3304 – Yoga: Principles and Practice Credit Hours: 1 

• DANC 4300 – Dance Kinesiology II Credit Hours: 3 

  

 One course for one credit hour from the following:

 

• DANC 4900 - Independent Study Credit Hours: 1  

• DANC 4900 - Special Topics in Dance Credit Hours: 1  

"Seminars on special topics, carrying varying content, titles, and alphabetical designations. Check the Schedule of Classes each semester for specific offerings."

  

Total Credit Hours: 20

 

DANCE TUTORIAL: First Year Curriculum (Sample)

 

BF1906

Semester Title Credit Hours
F/S 1210, 1211 Modern Technique I/II 4
F/S 1220/1221 Ballet Technique I/II 3
F/S 1230/1231 Beginning Dance 4
S 1801 Dance Production I 2
S 2700 History and Languages of Dance 3
F/S 2970T/2980T Dance Tutorial 3-5
F HC 2500 Honors Seminar 3
F Tier I English 3
Total Credit Hours   25+

 

                 

 

DANCE TUTORIAL: Second Year Curriculum 

BF1906

Semester Title Credit Hours
F/S 2210, 2211 Modern Technique III, IV 4
F 1250 African Technique I 1.5
F/S 2220, 2221 Ballet Technique III/IV 3
F/S 2230, 2231 Intermediate Dance Composition 4
F 2801 Lighting for Dance 2
F/S 2971T/2981T Dance Tutorial 3-5
F 3150 Movement Analysis 3
S 2710, 3550 or 4750 World Dance or Black Dance Forms 3
S 3300 Dance Kinesiology 3
S 3301, 3302 Somatic Study (Yoga, Pilates) 1
Total Credit Hours   27+

 


 

 

DANCE TUTORIAL: Third Year Curriculum

BF1906

Semester Title Credit Hours
F/S 3210, 2311 Modern Technique V/VI 4
F/S 3220, 3221 Ballet Technique V/VI 3
F/S 3230, 3231 Advanced Dance Composition 4
F/S 1240 or 2250 JazzI or Africian II 1.5
F 3801 Dance Production III 1
F 3405 Dance Pedagogy 3
F 4710 Histories of Modern and Postmodern Choreography 3
S 3280 Dance Repertory 1-2
F/S 3970T Dance Tutorial 4-6
S Tier I Junior Composition 3
Total Credit Hours   28+

 

 

DANCE TUTORIAL: Fourth Year Curriculum

BF1906

Semester Title Credit Hours
F/S 4210/4211 Modern Technique VII/VIII 4
F/S 4220/4221 Ballet Technique VII/VIII 3
F/S 2240 or 3250 Jazz II or African III 1.5
F 4711 of 4550 Dance Gender Studies or Ethnography 3
S 4800 Senior Capstone 3
F 4970T Dance Tutorial (Thesis) 4-5
S 4980T Dance Tutorial (Thesis) 4-5
Total Credit Hours   22+