The Bachelor of Fine Arts with a major in dance provides a professional degree program for talented students with prior dance experience and skills who seek professional careers as performing artists and choreographers. Dance technique and the history, philosophies, and aesthetics of dance are all central to this program.
Admission to this program is contingent upon satisfaction of the general requirements for undergraduate admission to the University and a successful audition conducted by the Department faculty. Audition dates are scheduled throughout the year prior to admission. Prospective students should contact the Theatre and Dance Office for audition schedule information.
All B.F.A. dance majors must be enrolled in appropriate level technique classes each semester and evidence successful progress in their respective degree programs in order to maintain dance major status. Any dance major who does not comply and/or does not register and complete appropriate dance coursework for one semester MUST AUDITION FOR THE DANCE PROGRAM for re-admission. Students out of the dance program for two semesters or more are rarely re-admitted to the program.
Candidates must complete a minimum of 120 credits in course work, including satisfaction of the University General Education requirements, College degree requirements and a minimum of eighty-eight credits in dance courses (specified below). B.F.A students must comply with the following department policies – any student who does not meet these standards will be placed on Departmental probation and may be denied continuation in the program: the credits in specified Dance courses must be completed with grades of C minus or better; dance technique and choreography classes must be completed with a B plus or better; and a 3.0 cumulative g.p.a must be maintained. Students must be current in their plan of work and all Basic Competency courses must be completed prior to enrolling in the Capstone course.
All course work must be completed in accordance with the academic procedures of the University and the College of Fine, Performing and Communication Arts governing undergraduate scholarship and degrees, as well as with the requirements of the Maggie Allesee Department of Theatre and Dance.
General Education Course Progress
Majors must complete the Basic Composition (BC) requirement by the time forty-five credits have been earned, and the Oral Communication (OC) and Intermediate Composition (IC) requirement by the time sixty credits have been earned. Failure to meet these limits on matriculation will result in the student being placed on departmental probation: the student will be ineligible to be cast in or participate as a member of the artistic/production staff of department productions. Transfer students will be reviewed upon entry into the major for compliance with these standards and advised as needed.
B.F.A. Major Requirements
|DNC 0512||Pilates Equipment Lab (six semesters)||0|
|DNC 1300||Pilates Mat for Performing Artists||1|
|DNC 1305||Pilates Reformer for Dancers||1|
|DNC 1330||Production Practicum (two semesters)||2|
|DNC 2310||History of Dance from 1800 to the Present||3|
|DNC 2311||Issues and Trends in Contemporary Dance||2|
|DNC 2410||Music and Dance Relationships||3|
|DNC 2500||Choreography I||2|
|DNC 3180||Dance Science||3|
|DNC 3310||Dance Production||3|
|DNC 3500||Choreography II||2|
|DNC 4910||Dance in Community||3|
|DNC 5560||Choreography III||2|
|Select one of the following:||3|
|Writing Intensive Course in Dance|
|DNC 2010||Contemporary Dance II: Part I||2|
|DNC 2020||Contemporary Dance II: Part II||2|
|DNC 2460||Dance Improvisation||2|
|DNC 2600||African Dance II||2|
|DNC 3010||Contemporary Dance III||2|
|DNC 4010||Contemporary Dance IV (four semesters. Max. 16)||8|
|Select eight semesters at two credits per semester with at least two semesters of 4200 from the following:||16|
|Fundamentals of Classic Ballet II (Max. 8)|
|Ballet III (Max. 16)|
|Ballet Pointe Technique|
|Ballet IV (Max. 16)|
|Select six credits of the following:||6|
|DNC 5996||Senior Capstone Research (1 Credit in Fall, 2 Credits in Winter)||3|
|General Education Requirements|
|DNC 2000||Introduction to World Dance||3|
|DNC 2180||Anatomy of Human Movement||3|
|DNC 2400||Introduction to African Dance||3|
|Select two of the following:||6-7|
|Survey of Art History: Ancient through Medieval|
or AH 1120
|Survey of Art History: Renaissance through Modern|
|Introduction to Audio-Television-Film Production|
|Music Appreciation: World Music|
|Music Appreciation: Beginnings to the Present|
|Introduction to the Theatre|
There are three performance ensembles: the W.S.U. Dance Company One, Dance Workshop, and To Sangana African Dance Company composed of skilled dance students who must qualify for membership through auditions. They present concerts, lecture/demonstrations, and performances on campus and in the community, choreographed by visiting artists, faculty, and talented students. Students must have a minimum 2.5 overall g.p.a. to participate in a performance ensemble.
Dance Honors Program (B.S. and B.F.A. degrees)
In order to enter the departmental honors program students must have achieved academic excellence in previous work, such as a high school g.p.a. of 3.5 or a college or university g.p.a. of 3.3. Students must meet all regular major requirements including the following: three honors-option courses within their major taught by full-time faculty members (internships cannot satisfy this requirement), at least one 42XX honors seminar offered through the Honors College, a senior honors thesis under the direction of a faculty advisor in their major area (DNC 5997) and maintain a minimum g.p.a. of 3.3 cumulative and in the major.
Dance Honors Curriculum (15 credits required)
|Select the Honors Option in three of the following:||9-10|
|Introduction to World Dance|
|History of Dance to 1800|
|History of Dance from 1800 to the Present|
|Dance Teaching Methods|
|Teaching Creative Dance for Children|
|DNC 5997||Departmental Honors Thesis||3|
|HON 42XX Honors Seminar||3|
Student must maintain an overall 3.3 g.p.a.
For additional information, students should consult the Irvin D. Reid Honors College.
Dance Teaching Majors (B.F.A. and B.S. Programs)
Professional Education Sequence: The additional following courses are required for a K-12 teaching major in dance, K-12 certification, and a major in dance, secondary certification for both the B.F.A. and the B.S. degrees:
|DNC 3190||Movement Analysis||3|
|DNC 3810||Dance Pedagogy||3|
|DNC 4410||Student Teaching and Seminar I||5|
|DNC 4420||Student Teaching and Seminar II||5|
|DNC 4810||Dance Teaching Methods||3|
|DNC 4820||Assisting in Dance||1|
|DNC 4910||Dance in Community||3|
|DNC 5810||Teaching Creative Dance for Children||3|
|DNC 5830||Field Work in Creative Dance||2-8|
|EDP 5480||Adolescent Psychology||3|
|LFA 2330||First Aid and CPR||3|
|or HE 3300||Health of the School Child|
|RLL 6121||Teaching Reading in the Content Areas: Grades 6-12||3|