The B.A. degree program of study in Dance
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either a major or minor in dance. Students are encouraged to consider
a double major in dance and another field in the Columbian College of
Arts and Sciences or another school of the university.
The program for dance majors (39 semester hours) emphasizes the development
of a technically trained body, the processes involved in the creative
activity of making dances, and building a strong theoretical base for
understanding movement. The student prepares for a professional career
in the multifaceted field of dance as artist, entrepreneur, manager,
or dance specialist. In addition, courses in theatrical crafts such
as lighting and costuming are required to reinforce the concepts behind
presenting dances in the theatrical environment.
The focus of the dance program is contemporary modern rather than classical
modern (Graham, Limon, etc). Our dance courses are allied with the body
knowledge found in somatic theories. Modern technique classes are offered
at four levels. We have an exceptional faculty, most are active artists
creating and/or performing dance professionally.
The adjunct faculty are specialists in dance techniques such as Classical
Indian Dance, Angola Capoeira, and African-American Dance. Extensive
opportunities exist for the students to perform and create original
work. Concerts feature faculty, guest artist, and student choreography.
Students interested in creating dances may present their works in either
of two informal dance presentations or, by audition, in the Mainstage
who minor in dance have equal opportunities to study dance technique,
the creative processes of dance, dance theory and the history of dance.
The same expectations of performance, creative activity and theatrical
support to the performances of the Dance Degree Programs hold true for
the student with a minor in dance. In addition to the well-rounded Dance
requirements, the four-year major program provides a strong foundation
in the liberal arts and sciences.