Academic Catalog

Dance (B.S.)

This degree program is for students with prior dance experience who wish to combine university-level dance studies with targeted general study in the arts and sciences. The Bachelor of Science in Dance offers an integrative program of dance professions, culture and community providing students multiple opportunities to enhance technical skill, investigate shifting social and global concerns, and cultivate innovative approaches for dance career preparation in diverse contexts and related professions.

Admission Requirements

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 each November, December and February in the year prior to admission; prospective students should contact the Theatre and Dance Office for audition schedule information. Entering students are required to consult the Departmental advising staff prior to their first registration for classes.

All B.S. dance majors must be enrolled in required curriculum each semester and evidence successful progress in the B.S. degree program 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. 


Program Requirements

Candidates must complete a minimum of 120 credits in course work, including satisfaction of the University General Education requirementsCollege degree requirements, minimum fifty-nine credits in dance courses (specified below) and minimum twenty-nine credits in electives. B.S 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 and 2.5 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, 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.S. Major Requirements

Required Technique Credits
DNC 1220Fundamentals of Classic Ballet II2
DNC 1300Pilates Conditioning for Performing Artists2
DNC 2010Contemporary Dance II: Part I2
DNC 2610African Diasporic Dance Technique I2
Technique of Choice. Choose from the following courses:12
African Dance II
Tap Dance
Contemporary Dance III
Ballet III
African Diasporic Dance Technique II
Contemporary Dance IV
Ballet IV
Complete three credits of Performance coursework. Additional Performance credit can be counted toward General Elective coursework. Select from the following:3
Performance Tour
Dance Company
Creative Practice
DNC 2460Dance Improvisation2
DNC 2500Choreography I2
Required Theory Courses
DNC 1330Production Practicum2
DNC 1810Introduction to Dance Professions3
DNC 2180Anatomy of Human Movement3
DNC 2400Introduction to African Dance3
DNC 2000Introduction to World Dance3
DNC 2310History of Dance from 1800 to the Present3
DNC 3310Dance Production3
DNC 3810Dance Pedagogy3
DNC 5998Professions Capstone Research3
Core Theory Courses
Select two from the following: 6
Music and Dance Relationships
Dance Science
Dance Teaching Methods
Dance in Community
DNC General Electives
These DNC course are optional and may be taken as General Electives.
Design Skills - Digital I
Pilates Equipment Lab
Choreography II
Choreography III
Total Credits59

Pre-Dance/Movement Therapy Concentration (B.S. Program)

Students completing this concentration will gear their capstone internship in dance towards human services or a related mental health discipline. Students who complete this concentration will graduate with a B.S. in Dance and minor in Psychology.

In addition to the regular B.S. requirements, the following courses are required:

DNC 3180Dance Science3
PSY 1010Introductory Psychology4
PSY 2020Research Methods In Psychology4
PSY 2400Developmental Psychology4
PSY 2410Health Psychology4
PSY 3310Introduction to Psychopathology4
Capstone Internship3

SOC 2203 Social Psychology is a not required course, but it supports the concentration in Movement Therapy and may support entrance into specific master’s programs. DNC 1330 Production Practicum and DNC 3310 Dance Production are not required for the Movement Therapy concentration.

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 Science
Dance Production
Dance Pedagogy
Dance Teaching Methods
Teaching Creative Dance for Children
DNC 5997Departmental Honors Thesis3
HON 42xx Honors Seminar3
Total Credits15-16

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 3190Movement Analysis3
DNC 3810Dance Pedagogy3
DNC 4410Student Teaching and Seminar I5
DNC 4420Student Teaching and Seminar II5
DNC 4810Dance Teaching Methods3
DNC 4820Assisting in Dance1
DNC 4910Dance in Community3
DNC 5810Teaching Creative Dance for Children3
DNC 5830Field Work in Creative Dance2-8
EDP 5480Adolescent Psychology3
LFA 2330First Aid and CPR3
or HE 3300 Health of the School Child
RLL 6121Teaching Reading in the Content Areas: Grades 6-123
Total Credits37-43
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