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Degree Requirements: Dance BA/BFA

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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
DAC 201 Modern Dance 1*
DAC 213 Ballet 1*
DAC 263 Jazz Dance 1
DAC 210 Tap 1

Required Courses

DAC 202 Modern Dance 2*
DAC 211 Tap Dance 2
DAC 214 Ballet 2*
DAC 264 Jazz Dance 2
DAC 350 Laban Movement Analysis
Complete a Technique Sequence Through Level 6 in:
Ballet (DAC 341, DAC 342, DAC 421, DAC 422)* OR
Modern (DAC 345, DAC 346, DAC 410, DAC 411)* OR
Jazz (DAC 371, DAC 372, DAC 417, DAC 418)
DAC 400 Creative Movement
DAC 430 Dance History
DAC 432 Applied Kinesiology and Anatomy for Dancers
DAC 441 Choreography
DAC 454 Methods of Dance Teaching
DAC 481 Research in Dance DAC 442 Choreography 2
Two 200/300-level TH practicums

* Course fees are associated with Ballet and Modern technique courses

Credits Required for Major 58
Additional Credits Required for Gen Ed 40
Additional Credits Required for Electives 22
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.

View the Curricular Plan for the Dance BA (PDF) which is a recommended sequence of courses to help achieve this degree in four years.

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
DAC 201 Modern Dance 1*
DAC 213 Ballet 1*
DAC 263 Jazz Dance 1*
DAC 210 Tap 1

Required Courses

TH 108 Basic Acting 1
TH 203 Visual Imagination
DAC 202 Modern Dance 2*
DAC 211 Tap Dance 2
DAC 214 Ballet 2*
DAC 264 Jazz Dance 2
DAC 310 Tap 3
DAC 337 Dance Studio – Zodiaque OR DAC 338 Dance Studio – Zodiaque OR DAC 340 Dance Studio (3 semesters total required)
DAC 341 Ballet 3*
DAC 342 Ballet 4*
DAC 345 Modern Dance 3*
DAC 346 Modern Dance 4*
DAC 371 Jazz Dance 3
DAC 372 Jazz Dance 4
DAC 350 Introduction to Laban Movement Analysis
DAC 378 Partnering
DAC 381 Social Dance
DAC 400 Creative Movement
DAC 410 Modern Dance 5*
DAC 411 Modern Dance 6*
DAC 417 Jazz Dance 5
DAC 418 Jazz Dance 6
DAC 421 Ballet 5*
DAC 422 Ballet 6*
DAC 430 Dance History
DAC 432 Kinesiology/Anatomy for the Dancer
DAC 441 Choreography 1
DAC 481 Research in Dance, DAC 442 Choreography 2, or DAC 454 Methods of Dance Teaching
Three 200/300-level TH practicums
*There is a course fee associated with Ballet and Modern courses

Undergraduate Credit Requirements Chart

Credits Required for Major 94
Additional Credits Required for Gen Ed 31
Additional Credits Required for Electives 0
Total Credits Required for Degree 125

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.
View the Finish in Four Curricular Plan for the Dance BFA (PDF) which is a recommended sequence of courses to help achieve this degree in four years.
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