The Bachelor of Arts in Dance program is an interdisciplinary program that integrates the study of dance within a liberal arts setting of intellectual and creative exploration. The major builds upon studio courses and dance studies courses, which allows students’ creative work to develop in dialogue with critical inquiry into the history, culture, theory, and forms of western and non-western performance.
The program offers coursework in ballet, modern dance, jazz, and tap; customized tracks of studying pedagogy, performance, choreography, and traditional Korean dance. The program’s holistic, rigorous, and personalized approach to training prepares students for careers in many areas of dance such as ballet and modern dance companies, dance journalism, dance therapy, dance lighting and design, dance on television, and dance teaching profession.
The aim of the dance major is to develop students who are sensitive and articulate physical and verbal communicators of the visual art of dance; who are proficient in the analysis of dance in its cultural manifestations, leading them beyond knowledge of a culture to an understanding and celebration of difference; and who are flexible, creative thinkers able to perceive, examine and evaluate different points of view.
This program will allow students to:
- Develop an understanding of the artistic and technical elements of physical expression that lead to performance artistry, and will attain and/or maintain a technical proficiency, based on sound kinesiological principles, of the following techniques; modern dance, ballet, jazz, tap, and Korean dance.
- Develop a proficiency in the observation and analysis of dance in its cultural context.
- Develop an understanding of the basic principles of choreography. Students will develop an ability to structure original abstract ideas and to create movement to express them in powerful original work. They will develop an analytic insight in to the structure, use of metaphor and creative choice making involved in choreography.
- Develop a reflective and critical awareness of the research methodologies available in the specialized fields in Dance Studies.
In addition to the required academic components of the application for admission, applicants to the Dance program are required to attend an on campus audition. Prospective students must complete their application for admission prior to scheduling their audition. Students who are not accepted to the Dance program based on their audition may be admitted to the university another major and have the opportunity to re-audition during their freshman or sophomore year.
SUGGESTED COURSE SEQUENCING
Students are required to have a consultation with an advisor in planning their course of study, selecting courses each semester to meet the program and curriculum requirements, and meeting individual goals. The following suggested course sequencing is provided as recommended courses over eight semesters to meet the program requirements and complete the program within eight semesters of full time enrollment. An individual student’s course plan may differ, if in consultation with the advisor, alternate courses are selected to complete the program requirements. Those courses must be approved for the curriculum, as documented in this Catalog.