Dance : Degrees & Policies

Degrees Offered

Undergraduate: BA, BFA

Advisement

First-semester students are required to meet with the department academic advisor.

Prospective majors should also arrange for an interview with the department academic advisor to ensure they are taking courses in the proper sequence and to obtain the most benefit from departmental advisement.

Dance - B.A.

Acceptance Criteria

Audition
Minimum GPA of 2.0 overall.
Minimum GPA of 2.5 in the prerequisite courses.

Advising Notes

A minimum grade of C+ is necessary in all required courses.

Prerequisite Courses

TH 106 Introduction to Technical Theatre with
TH 135 or TH 136 Production Practicum
TH 203 Visual Imagination
THD 201 Modern Dance 1
THD 213 Ballet 1
THD 263 Jazz Dance 1

Required Courses

THD 202 Modern Dance 2
THD 211 Tap Dance 2
THD 214 Ballet 2
THD 264 Jazz Dance 2
THD 350 Laban Movement Analysis
THD 341 Ballet 3 and THD 342 Ballet 4, or THD 345 Modern Dance 3 and THD 346 Modern Dance 4, or THD 371 Jazz Dance 3 and THD 372 Jazz Dance 4
THD 400 Creative Movement
THD 410 Modern Dance 5 or THD 417 Jazz Dance 5 or THD 421 Ballet 5
THD 411 Modern Dance 6 or THD 418 Jazz Dance 6 or THD 421 Ballet 6
THD 430 Dance History
THD 432 Applied Kinesiology and Anatomy for Dancers
THD 441 Choreography
THD 454 Methods of Dance Teaching
THD 481 Research in Dance or THD 442 Choreography 2
Dance tutorials*
Two 200/300-level TH practicums
Two electives

Undergraduate Credit Requirements Chart
Credits Required for Major58
Additional Credits Required for Gen Ed 41
Additional Credits Required for Electives21
Total Credits Required for Degree 120

Students should consult with an academic advisor to determine how any transfer or exam credit might be utilized in meeting general education, prerequisite, or major requirements.

See Baccalaureate Degree Requirements for general education and remaining university requirements.

Recommended Sequence of Program Requirements & Learning Outcomes

Transfer students' placement in technique courses is based upon audition.
Performance is an option each semester and is determined by audition.
Please note that schedule does not include performance credits.

FIRST YEAR
Fall THD 201, THD 213, THD 263, TH 106, TH 135 or 136, Language 1, UBE 101 or equivalent, Library Skills Workbook requirement
Spring THD 202, THD 211, THD 214, THD 264, Math, Social Science
Fall or Spring TH 106 with TH 135 or TH 136

SECOND YEAR
Fall TH 203, THD 341 or THD 345 or THD 371; THD 371, ENG 101 or 102, 200 or 300-level TH practicum*, UGC 111
Spring THD 342, THD 346 or THD 372; THD 400, ENG 201 or Humanities, UGC 112

THIRD YEAR
Fall THD 430, THD 410 or THD 417 or THD 421; THD 441, Natural Science 1, free elective
Spring THD 411 or THD 418 or THD 422, THD 432, THD 454, 200 or 300-level TH practicum, THD elective, Natural Science 2

FOURTH YEAR
Fall THD 481 or THD 442, THD dance tutorials**, 200/300-level TH practicum, American Pluralism
Spring THD elective, THD dance tutorials**, Depth, two free electives

*200/300 level practicum may be taken after completing TH 106/135 or 136
**Technique classes must be repeated once for full credit and then may be taken as tutorials

Writing, mathematics and foreign language courses are subject to placement. Alternate exam credit or transfer credits may change placement.

Learning Outcomes

Students will demonstrate: in studio classes/performances technical proficiency and performance ability in diverse/broad range of movement disciplines and styles

DIVERSIFIED TECHNIQUE METHODOLOGIES
  • Will be able to: Demonstrate & instruct technical skills, rhythmic acuity moving musically & dynamically
  • Will be able to: Incorporate instructional strategies to develop cognitive complexity in insightful use of dance vocabulary
  • Will be able to: Demonstrate & develop instructional strategies for teaching the concepts of placement, elevation, control & style
  • Will be able to: Demonstrate & develop instructional strategies for teaching the concepts of coordination, use of weight, directional focus
  • Will be able to: Demonstrate & develop instructional strategies for teaching an understanding of musical accompaniment
  • Will be able to: Demonstrate & develop instructional strategies for teaching the theories of diversified techniques 18 Dance Technique courses, from lower to upper levels that include: Ballet (6 levels), Modern (6 levels),Jazz (6 levels}. Students choose to take one of the above discipline through the 5th level and the remaining up to level 2, In addition students complete two levels of Tap

  • CULTURAL & HISTORICAL
  • Will be able to: Demonstrate a knowledge of historical facts, as well as social and cultural issues that influenced development of dance as an art form
  • Will be able to: Discuss, articulate, express, and debate a variety of cultural movement contexts technically, historically, philosophically, and aesthetically
  • Will be able to: Examine and communicate the importance of dance history in relation to other arts, social and political concerns that influenced the dancers and choreographers of the time
  • Will be able to: Discuss the role of dance in various cultures and historical periods
  • Will be able to: Research theoretical and interdisciplinary approaches to dance arts and aesthetics THO 430 Dance History THO 381 Social Dance THO 481, 482, Research in Dance THO 417, 418, Adv. Jazz 5, 6

  • CHOREOGRAPHY, COMPOSITION & IMPROVISATION
  • Will be able to: Apply choreographic principles, processes, and structures to create original work that exhibits choreographic intent
  • Will be able to: Investigate and generate new movement solutions and constructively apply feedback to rework, revise, and refine choreography
  • Will be able to: Verbally articulate informed ideas about choreography and dance performance
  • Will be able to: Incorporate the process of movement exploration, concept development, manipulation of ideas, to generating original choreography for performance

  • CHOREOGRAPHY, COMPOSITION & IMPROVISATION
  • Will be able to: Apply choreographic principles, processes, and structures to create original work that exhibits choreographic intent
  • Will be able to: Investigate and generate new movement solutions and constructively apply feedback to rework, revise, and refine choreography
  • Will be able to: Verbally articulate informed ideas about choreography and dance performance
  • Will be able to: Incorporate the process of movement exploration, concept development, manipulation of ideas, to generating original choreography for performance
  • Dance - B.F.A.

    Acceptance Criteria

    Audition
    Minimum GPA of 2.0 overall.
    Minimum GPA of 2.5 in the prerequisite courses.

    Advising Notes

    A minimum grade of C+ is necessary in all required courses.

    Prerequisite Courses

    TH 106 Introduction to Technical Theatre with TH 135 or TH 136 Practicum
    THD 201 Modern Dance 1
    THD 213 Ballet 1
    THD 263 Jazz Dance 1

    Required Courses

    TH 108 Basic Acting 1
    TH 203 Visual Imagination
    THD 202 Modern Dance 2
    THD 211 Tap Dance 2
    THD 214 Ballet 2
    THD 264 Jazz Dance 2
    THD 310 Tap 3
    THD 337 Dance Studio - Zodiaque or THD 338 Dance Studio - Zodiaque or THD 340 Dance Studio***
    THD 341 Ballet 3
    THD 342 Ballet 4
    THD 345 Modern Dance 3
    THD 346 Modern Dance 4
    THD 371 Jazz Dance 3
    THD 372 Jazz Dance 4
    THD 350 Introduction to Laban Movement Analysis
    THD 378 Partnering
    THD 381 Social Dance
    THD 400 Creative Movement
    THD 410 Modern Dance 5
    THD 411 Modern Dance 6
    THD 417 Jazz Dance 5
    THD 418 Jazz Fance 6
    THD 421 Ballet 5
    THD 422 Ballet 6
    THD 430 Dance History
    THD 432 Kinesiology/Anatomy for the Dancer
    THD 441 Choreography 1
    THD 481 Research in Dance, THD 442 Choreography 2, or THD 454 Methods of Dance Teaching
    Four 200/300-level TH practicums

    Undergraduate Credit Requirements Chart
    Credits Required for Major95
    Additional Credits Required for Gen Ed31
    Additional Credits Required for Electives0
    Total Credits Required for Degree126

    Students should consult with an academic advisor to determine how any transfer or exam credit might be utilized in meeting general education, prerequisite, or major requirements.

    See Baccalaureate Degree Requirements for general education and remaining university requirements.

    Recommended Sequence of Program Requirements & Learning Outcomes

    Transfer students' placement in technique courses is based upon audition.
    Performance is an option each semester and is based upon audition.

    FIRST YEAR
    Fall THD 201, THD 210, THD 213, THD 263, Natural Science 1, UBE 101 or equivalent, Library Skills Workbook requirement
    Spring THD 202, THD 211, THD 214, THD 264, TH 106, TH 136, Natural Science 2, Social Science

    SECOND YEAR
    Fall TH 203, THD 337 or THD 340; THD 345, THD 371, THD 310, THD 341, 200 or 300-level TH practicum*, UGC 111, ENG 101
    Spring THD 338 or 340, THD 342, THD 346, THD 372, THD 400, ENG 201, THD 378, Performance, UGC 112

    THIRD YEAR
    Fall TH 108, THD 337 or 340, THD 410, THD 417, THD 421, THD 430, THD 441, 200 or 300-level TH practicum, Math
    Spring THD 338, THD 381, THD 411, THD 418, THD 421, THD dance tutorials, Social Science, 200 or 300-level TH practicum

    FOURTH YEAR
    Fall THD 337 or THD 340, THD 350, THD dance tutorials, THD elective(s), American Pluralism
    Spring THD 338 or THD 340, THD 481 or THD 442 or THD 454; THD elective(s), THD dance tutorials, Depth

    Notes: Performance is an option each semester.
    *Technique classes must be repeated once for full credit and then may be taken as tutorials.
    **A minimum of three semesters of performance is required; placement is based upon audition.

    Learning Outcomes

    DIVERSIFIED TECHNIQUE METHODOLOGIES
  • Will demonstrate: Technical proficiency, rhythmic acuity moving musically & dynamically
  • Will demonstrate: cognitive complexity in insightful use of dance vocabulary
  • Will demonstrate: a well developed sense of placement, elevation, control & style
  • Will demonstrate: a sense coordination, use of weight, directional focus
  • Will demonstrate: an understanding of musical accompaniment
  • Will demonstrate: knowledge of the theory of diversified techniques
  • 23 Dance Technique courses, from lower to upper levels that include: Ballet (6 levels), Modern (6 levels), Jazz (6 levels), Tap (3 levels); Ballroom Social Dance; THO 378 Pas de Deux; TH 108 Basic Acting and MUS 115

  • CULTURAL & HISTORICAL
  • Will be able to: Demonstrate a knowledge of historical facts, as well as social and cultural issues that influenced development of dance as an art form
  • Will be able to: Discuss, articulate, express, and debate a variety of cultural movement contexts technically, historically, philosophically, and aesthetically
  • Will be able to: Examine and communicate the importance of dance history in relation to other arts, social! and political concerns that influenced the dancers and choreographers of the time
  • Will be able to: Discuss the ro!e of dance in various cultures and historical periods
  • Will be able to: Research theoretical and interdisciplinary approaches to dance arts aesthetics THO 430 Dance History, THO 381 Social Dance, THO 481, 482, Research in Dance, THO 417, 418, Adv. Jazz 5, 6
  • CHOREOGRAPHY, COMPOSITION & IMPROVISATION
  • Will be able to: Apply choreographic principles, processes, and structures to create original work that exhibits choreographic intent
  • Will be able to: Investigate and generate new movement solutions and constructively apply feedback to rework, revise, and refine choreography
  • Will be able to: Verbally articulate informed ideas about choreography and dance performance
  • Will be able to: Incorporate the process of movement exploration, concept development, manipulation of ideas, to generating original choreography for performance
  • Will be able to: Move spontaneously, without premeditated choreographing MUS 115; TH 203 Visual Imagination; THO Improvisation; THO 330 Creative Movement; THO 337 ,338 Zodiaque Dance Company; THO 340 Zodiaque Dance Ensemble; THO 441 Choreography; THO 442 Choreography 2
  • SOMATIC PRACTICES
  • Will be able to: Explain kinesiological principles of the human body
  • Will be able to: Assess & record anatomical strengths, weaknesses
  • Will be able to: Examine the function of dance science and its role in building technical and artistic proficiency in dance technique
  • Will be able to: Have a working knowledge of basic care for such injuries, and to correctly utilize conditioning practices
  • Will be able to: Relate the principles of dance science in relation to dance and healthful living THO 350 Introduction to Laban Movement Analysis; THO 432 Dance Kinesiology; THO 415 Mind Body Integration
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