Major Program

Learning Goals For The Dance Majors

  1. Understand dance as a cultural practice that reflects and impacts local communities and global cultures.
  2. Develop and practice analytic, evaluative, and contextual skills requisite to critical thinking, kinesthetic understanding, and personal growth.
  3. Develop and practice skills in rhythmic, movement and compositional analysis.
  4. Develop effective communication and research skills to promote and articulate a deeper understanding of dance practice and theory.
  5. Engage in personal assessment and reflective practices that encourage self-directed learning.
  6. Understand how basic principles of dance science and teaching methodologies can be applied to technical and aesthetic development.
  7. Recognize and expand creative, artistic, and intellectual potentials.

Dance Creative Studies Major

The Dance Creative Studies curriculum offers an in-depth study of dance as an art form and cultural practice. Students are given the opportunity to explore dance from several analytical and methodological frameworks: technical, creative, historical, cultural, aesthetic, pedagogical and scientific, resulting in a rigorous balance between creative work and academic study.

Ballet and modern dance are the primary techniques, along with classes in non-western dance forms, social dance, integrated dance, somatic practices and jazz.

Requirements: Creative Studies Track

Application to the Dance Major Creative Studies track may be made at any time during the Autumn, Winter and Spring quarters. Students interested in applying for the Dance Major must complete Dance 250 or Dance 251 and be registered in ballet or modern technique. Interested students are encouraged to contact the Dance Program’s Academic Advisor for more information.

  1. Gateway Course (one of the following)

    • Dance 250 Cross Cultural Dance (5 credits)
    • Dance 251 Creative Process (5 credits)
  2. Cross Cultural Component (one of the following)
    • Dance 250 Cross Cultural Dance (5 credits)
    • Dance 234 World Dance and Culture (3-5 credits)
    • Dance 336 Integrated Dance: History, Methodology and Praxis (3 credits)
    • Dance 350 Dance Ethnography offered every other year (3 credits)
  3. Dance History (one of the following)
    • Dance 344 or 345: Early or Late Dance History offered alternating years (5 credits)
  4. Required Courses (26 credits)
    • Dance 166 Dance Composition I (5 credits)
    • Dance 242 Music in Relation to Dance (3 credits)
    • Dance 266 Dance Composition II (3 credits)
    • Dance 270 Dance Performance Activities (1 credit)
    • Dance 271* Dance Production Crew (1 credit)
    • Dance 480 Senior Seminar (3 credits)
    • Dance 493 Anatomy for Dance (5 credits)
    • Dance 494 Dance Teaching Methodologies (5 credits)
  5. Electives (at least 3 credits of the following)
    • Dance 234 World Dance and Culture (3-5 credits)
    • Dance 235 Integrated Dance: Training and Composition (3 credits)
    • Dance 251 Creative Process (3 credits)
    • Dance 290 Forces and Figures in American Jazz Dance (3 credits)
    • Dance 336 Integrated Dance: History, Methodology and Praxis (3 credits)
    • Dance 350 Dance Ethnography offered every other year (3 credits)
    • Dance 366 Dance Composition III (3 credits)
    • Dance 371 Choreography Workshop (3 credits)
    • Dance 410 Chamber Dance Production (3 credits)
    • Dance 414 Dance Research Symposium (1 credit)
    • Dance 420 Dance Aesthetics offered every other year (3 credits)
    • Dance 450 Dance Internship (3 credits)
    • Dance 490 Special Studies (3 credits)
  6. Dance Technique (minimum 28 credits of the following)
    Must have at least 12cr at 300 level or above and at least 6cr in both ballet and modern.
    • Dance 104-106/204-206/304-306/404-406 (Modern Technique I,II,III,IV)
    • Dance 107-109/201-203/301-303/401-403 (Ballet Technique I,II,III,IV)
    • Dance 110-112/210-212/310-312 (Jazz Technique I, II, III)
    • Dance 230, 232, 233 (Alternative Movement Studies Series)
    • Dance 231, 236, 237, 238, 239, 241 (Folk and Social Dance Forms)
  7. Total Dance Program courses to complete the Creative Studies Track: 67+ Credits

Dance Studies Major

The Dance Studies curriculum offers an interdisciplinary foundation to cultural and historical studies of dance. Students are introduced to a broad spectrum of methodological approaches used in dance scholarship as preparation for deeper engagement with dance research. Dance technique is supplemental to the dance studies curriculum.

Requirements: Dance Studies Track

Application to the Dance Major Dance Studies track may be made at any time during the Autumn, Winter and Spring quarters. Students interested in applying for the Dance Studies Major must complete Dance 250. Interested students are encouraged to contact the Dance Program’s Academic Advisor for more information.

  1. Gateway Course

    • Dance 250 Cross Cultural Dance (5 credits)
  2. Core Curriculum (14 credits)
    • Dance 350 or 420: Dance Ethnography or Dance Aesthetics offered every other year (3 credits)
    • Dance 344 or 345: Early or Contemporary Dance History offered alternating years (5 credits)
    • Dance 415 Dance Research Methods I (3 credits)
    • Dance 416 Dance Research Methods II (3 credits)
  3. Electives (minimum of 17 credits from the following)
    • Dance 166 Dance Composition I (5 credits)
    • Dance 234 World Dance and Culture (3-5 credits)
    • Dance 235 Integrated Dance: Training and Composition (3 credits)
    • Dance 242 Music in Relation to Dance (3 credits)
    • Dance 251 Creative Process (5 credits)
    • Dance 266** Dance Composition II (3 credits)
    • Dance 270 Dance Performance Activities (1-3 credits)
    • Dance 271 Dance Production Crew (1-3 credits)
    • Dance 290 Forces and Figures in American Jazz Dance (3 credits)
    • Dance 336 Integrated Dance: History, Methodology and Praxis (3 credits)
    • Dance 350 Dance Ethnography offered every other year (3 credits)
    • Dance 366** Dance Composition III (3 credits)
    • Dance 410 Chamber Dance Production (3 credits)
    • Dance 414 Dance Research Symposium (1 credit)
    • Dance 420 Dance Aesthetics offered every other year (3 credits)
    • Dance 450 Dance Internship (3-6 credits)
    • Dance 480 Senior Seminar (3 credits)
    • Dance 490 Special Studies (3 credits)
    • Dance 493 Anatomy for Dance (5 credits)
    • Dance 494 Dance Teaching Methodologies (5 credits)
  4. Other Approved Electives (minimum of 11 credits)
    Approved elective courses based on individual interests and decided in conjunction with Dance Faculty and/or Dance Program advisor. These credits should be outside the dance program and support the student research project.
  5. Dance Technique (minimum 10 credits of the following)
    This requirement may be waived for students with professional experience or a focus on dance forms not offered in the dance program curriculum. If waived, students must complete an additional 10 credits of approved electives.
    • Dance 104-106/204-206/304-306/404-406 (Modern Technique I,II,III,IV)
    • Dance 107-109/201-203/301-303/401-403 (Ballet Technique I,II,III,IV)
    • Dance 110-112/210-212/310-312 (Jazz Technique I, II, III)
    • Dance 230, 232, 233 (Alternative Movement Studies Series)
    • Dance 231, 236, 237, 238, 239, 241 (Folk and Social Dance Forms)
  6. Total Dance Program courses to complete Dance Studies Track: 57 Credits

Completion Of The Major

A number of the courses required in the Dance Major are offered every other year. Consequently, a student should anticipate a minimum of two years to complete all coursework for the major. From his/her first quarter as a major, a student should work carefully with the Academic Advisor in order to pursue course work in a progression that will guarantee completion of the major in four years.

†Additional courses are added to the elective list periodically. Please contact Dance advising with questions about courses not on this list.
*Students may elect to satisfy their Dance 270 requirement by doing additional credits in Dance 271. Up to 4 additional credits of Dance 270/271 may be taken as electives and may count towards completion of the dance major.
**The full comp series (Comp I plus 6 credits in Comp II and/or Comp III – both of which may be repeated) is required for those majors interested in choreographing for the Dance Majors Concert.