The School of Dance offers three minors: The Minor in Dance Performance and Choreography enhances students’ kinesthetic knowledge and performance presence, which can be applied in any career that requires physical skill and confidence. Through courses in dance composition, dance production, and dance history/cultural studies, the Dance Performance and Choreography minor also emphasizes the creative process, knowledge of how to produce a stage concert, and how to understand dance in socio-cultural and historical contexts. Our graduates have applied these skills and concepts in fields as diverse as education, publishing, journalism, anthropology, communication, social work, physical therapy, acting, broadcasting, and many more.
The Minor in Somatic Studies 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 the minor augments degree work in psychology, pre-physical therapy, exercise physiology, recreational therapy, and physical education. Somatic Studies minors have also gone into the field of Dance/Movement Therapy.
The Minor in Dance History and Theory focuses on the growing field of dance studies that uses a dance-based theoretical perspective and other movement practices to analyze dance in cultural contexts. This concentrated study helps prepare students with a specialized dance emphasis for employment or graduate study in dance studies, arts administration, dance ethnology, journalism or criticism, and dance in film or video.