Undergraduate Programs FAQs

Where are the Dance Program offices and studios?

Second floor of Meany Hall. There are two public entrances.

  • Off Red Square just west of Gerberding Hall. Enter at the door farthest west.
  • Just off 15th Avenue NE across the access road to the Henry Art Gallery. This is the lower level entrance and the location of the Dance Program locker rooms. Take the elevator or stairs to the upper level of Meany Hall.

Admissions

How do I arrange for an audition?

There are no auditions to get into classes at the University of Washington.

Students registered in ballet, modern and/or jazz technique should consider the first class session of every quarter a placement class. Students registered in the wrong level will be told to move to the correct level during the first week of the quarter (changes in registration during the first week of the quarter incur no additional fees). Faculty make the decisions on placement and their decisions are final.

How do I sign up for the Dance Minor?

Once you have completed a minimum of 45 credits, have taken at least one Dance course, and have declared a major you can sign up for the Dance Minor. The UW now requires that students declare all minors with their major adviser. If you have questions about the minor and desire some advising support, please make an appointment with the Dance Program advisor to discuss your questions. The advising office is located in Meany 256 and there are advising sign up times posted outside the office.

How do I apply to be a Dance Major?

The University of Washington Dance Program offers a dance major with options in creative studies or dance studies leading to a Bachelor of Arts degree. The curriculum for both major tracks offers a highly integrated course of study with a rigorous balance between creative work and academic study.

The 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 blance 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.

Current UW students may apply to the major during the autumn, winter or spring term. Students interested in applying to the Creative Studies Dance Major must have a minimum 2.00 cumulative GPA, be registered in ballet or modern technique and must have completed Dance 250 or 251. Interested students are also encouraged to meet with the Dance Program adviser to discuss the applicants dance background, time to degree and any other pertinent issues or questions related to the 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.

Current UW students may apply to the major during the autumn, winter or spring term. Students interested in applying to the Dance Studies Major must have a minimum 2.00 cumulative GPA, and must have completed Dance 250. Students must also submit a dance studies application to the dance adviser for faculty review and to discuss the applicants dance background, time to degree and any other pertinent issues or questions related to the major.

The Program

How do I figure out what level dance class is right for me?

Dance 101, Introduction to Dance, or Dance 102 (Movement Fundamentals) are both good choices for someone who has never had any sort of movement training. Dance 101 is offered during the summer and involves 4-5 hours a week in the studio learning basic movement fundamentals in both ballet and modern. The additional class time involves a more traditional lecture providing some background on the history of dance as an art form, choreography and anatomy.

Dance 102 is a class that covers fundamental movement training in ballet, modern and/or jazz idioms. On occasion the instructor may concentrate soley on ballet technique.

Dance 110/111/112 Jazz I is also a beginning level movement course and assumes minimal previous training.

Dance 104/105/106, Modern Technique I and Dance 107/108/109, Ballet Technique I are beginning level technique classes. These courses assume previous dance training and a solid familiarity with dance steps and terminology.

Students registerd in 200, 300, or 400 level technique classes participate in joint placement classes at the beginning of each quarter to confirm registration in the correct level. Students registered in the wrong level will be told to move to the correct level during the first week of the quarter (changes in registration during the first week of the quarter incur no additional fees).

Are there dance classes besides ballet and modern?

Dance 231: Folk and Social Dance Forms offers different idioms each quarter. Options include ballroom, swing, tango and salsa. There are usually two sections of the class: one for leads (the traditional male role) and one for follow (the traditional female role).

Dance 234: World Dance and Culture explores movement and culture together and has work outside the classroom in addition to technique experience. Salsa, African and Chinese are examples of classes that are taught under the Dance 234 umbrella.

Dance 230/232/233: Alternate Movement Studies are classes that explore the somatic practices. Pilates and yoga are most often taught, but other somatic practices such as Laban Movement Analysis are sometimes covred. These courses assume previous dance training and a solid familiarity with dance steps and terminology.

The Dance course I want to take requires an add code. How do I get that?

Add codes for class registration are available on a first-come, first-serve basis once registration begins for any given quarter. Many Dance Program classes also have major/minor priority during the first registration period. Email danceadv@u.washington.edu to request an add code. Have the course number and SLN and be prepared to answer a few questions about the appropriateness of the course for you. If there is room in the class and you have the requisite skills, you’ll receive an add code.

The Dance class I want to take is full. How do I get in?

There is no wait list. Students interested in the course may show up on the first day of class and ask the instructor if space has become available. Students may also monitor registration as space can often open up before the class begins.

I am currently in a Dance technique class. How do I determine what class to register for next quarter?

Most students should plan on taking technique at the same level (100, 200, 300, etc) for a full year. A student with questions about their technique level and registering for the following quarter should chat about options with their current technique instructor.

Other

What opportunities are there to perform?

Students in the Dance Program have multiple opportunities to be involved in performances on campus. Information on auditions for the faculty dance concert, dance majors concert, MFA concert, and opportunities in the Dance Student Association are announced in class, over the dance majors list serve, and posted outside of the classrooms in Meany Hall. Opportunities also exist for students to participate in the Chamber Dance Company performances by faculty invitation. Students who are selected to perform must remain actively enrolled in at least one technique class through the final performance of the concert.

In addition, students are often notified of auditions and opportunities outside of the university with local organizations and companies such as the Seattle Opera, Seattle Theatre Group, and the Village Theatre among others.

Is there a dress code for technique classes?

There is no formal dress code for Dance Program classes. Students should wear clothing that is loose enough to allow for easy movement, but not so baggy that the instructor can’t observe details of how a student is moving. Hair needs to be pulled back and away from the face. Ballet slippers or socks should be worn for ballet class. Bare feet or socks are appropriate for modern. Legs and arms should be covered to limit lotions and oils getting onto the floor surface (this creates a hazard for dancers as the move across the floor). Students in jazz may go barefoot or wear jazz shoes, ballet slippers, or socks.

Where do I change? And where do I put my clothes during class?

The lockers between Meany studio 266 and 267 are available for use during class time only. No overnight or all day use of these lockers is allowed. Lockers between 267 and 268 are available to rent on a quarterly basis for students enrolled in Dance Program classes.

Dance majors and minors may rent lockers in the lower level locker room. Dance majors may rent lockers a year at a time. Dance minors may rent lockers on a quarterly basis. The locker room requires a code to enter. The code may be obtained from your instructor or from the office.

All students may access the lower level locker rooms to change before and after class. No changing is allowed in the limited restroom facilities on the second floor.

All students are strongly encouraged to use a lock on their locker. Meany Hall is a public building and theft has been a recurring problem. The more items students leave out, the more theft occurs. Locking up any valuables makes the building less inviting.

How can I get involved in the Dance Student Association?

Contact information for the Dance Student Association changes from year to year. Current contacts are posted on the DSA bulletin board on the second floor of Meany Hall. The Dance Student Association faculty adviser is Jen Salk.