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Dance Minor

Theatre
School of Fine Arts
  • Program Type: Undergraduate free-standing minor
  • Requirements for this program are current for Spring 2018
  • Required credits in this minor: 23 to 31
The Department of Theatre offers two emphases within the dance minor. The Dance Studies Emphasis provides students an in-depth appreciation of dance as a performance and social art form, while the Applied Dance Emphasis offers experienced dancers opportunities to further develop technique, artistry, and knowledge of the field. Technique courses are offered in ballet, modern, jazz, and tap, and are complemented with courses in dance appreciation, dance history, dance composition, and/or related academic areas. Annual dance concerts provide opportunities for performance and choreography.
Program Delivery
This program is available:
  • via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
Minor Requirements
Dance minors should confer with a minor adviser from the Department of Theatre to develop a sound schedule for taking courses to complete the minor in less than four years. Students are advised to note prerequisites and to take courses in proper sequence.
Program Sub-plans
Students are required to complete one of the following sub-plans.
Applied Dance
History/Analysis (9 cr)
DN 1001 - Introduction to the World of Dance [LE CAT9, LEIP CAT09, FINE ARTS] (3.0 cr)
DN 3401 - Dance Composition (3.0 cr)
DN 3611 - Dance History (3.0 cr)
Beginning Level Technique (0 - 8 cr)
Students with previous dance study may be exempt from some Beginning Level Technique requirements and should consult the department about placement.
DN 1101 - Modern Dance Technique I [LE CAT10, FINE ARTS] (2.0 cr)
DN 1111 - Jazz Dance Technique I [LE CAT10, FINE ARTS] (2.0 cr)
DN 1121 - Tap Dance Technique I (2.0 cr)
DN 1131 - Ballet Technique I [LE CAT10, FINE ARTS] (2.0 cr)
Intermediate Level Techniques (8 cr)
Take 4 or more course(s) totaling 8 or more credit(s) from the following:
· DN 2111 - Jazz Dance Techniques II (2.0 cr)
· DN 2131 - Ballet Technique II (2.0 cr)
· DN 3201 - Modern Dance Technique II (2.0 cr)
· DN 3211 - Jazz Dance Technique III (2.0 cr)
· DN 3231 - Ballet Technique III (2.0 cr)
Intermediate/Advanced Level Technique (6 cr)
Take 6 or more credit(s) from the following:
· DN 3221 - Tap Dance Technique II (2.0 cr)
· DN 3241 - Social Dance for the Stage (1.0 cr)
· DN 3995 - Special Topics (Various Titles to be Assigned) (1.0-9.0 cr)
· DN 4311 - Jazz Dance Technique IV (2.0 cr)
· DN 4331 - Ballet Technique IV (2.0 cr)
Dance Studies
History/Analysis (9 cr)
DN 1001 - Introduction to the World of Dance [LE CAT9, LEIP CAT09, FINE ARTS] (3.0 cr)
DN 3611 - Dance History (3.0 cr)
DN 3995 - Special Topics (Various Titles to be Assigned) (1.0-9.0 cr)
or TH 1071 - Musical Theatre History [LE CAT9, HUMANITIES] (3.0 cr)
Beginning Level Technique Classes (8 cr)
After consultation with the instructor, a Techniques 1 class in a particular style could be taken twice rather than one Fundamentals class and one Techniques class.
Take 4 or more course(s) totaling 8 or more credit(s) from the following:
· DN 1011 - Tap Dance Fundamentals [LE CAT10] (2.0 cr)
· DN 1101 - Modern Dance Technique I [LE CAT10, FINE ARTS] (2.0 cr)
· DN 1110 - Jazz Dance Fundamentals [FINE ARTS] (2.0 cr)
· DN 1111 - Jazz Dance Technique I [LE CAT10, FINE ARTS] (2.0 cr)
· DN 1121 - Tap Dance Technique I (2.0 cr)
· DN 1131 - Ballet Technique I [LE CAT10, FINE ARTS] (2.0 cr)
Intermediate Level Techniques Classes (6 cr)
It is strongly encouraged that students take classes in more than one style at the Intermediate level.
Take 6 or more credit(s) from the following:
· DN 2101 - Physical Conditioning for Dance (1.0 cr)
· DN 2111 - Jazz Dance Techniques II (2.0 cr)
· DN 2131 - Ballet Technique II (2.0 cr)
· DN 3201 - Modern Dance Technique II (2.0 cr)
· DN 3211 - Jazz Dance Technique III (2.0 cr)
· DN 3231 - Ballet Technique III (2.0 cr)
 
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DN 1001 - Introduction to the World of Dance (LE CAT9, LEIP CAT09, FINE ARTS)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Appreciation of dance as an art and entertainment form using aesthetic, sociocultural, historical, and genre studies. Video and concert viewing, readings on choreographers and dancers, critiques, and lab experiences.
DN 3401 - Dance Composition
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Spring
Study and development of dance choreography through creative experiences. prereq: instructor consent
DN 3611 - Dance History
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Spring
Religious, social, political, and artistic forces that have contributed to development of dance in Western civilization, emphasizing Romantic era through present. prereq: 1001 or instructor consent
DN 1101 - Modern Dance Technique I (LE CAT10, FINE ARTS)
Credits: 2.0 [max 12.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Beginning work, emphasizing modern dance as a performing art form.
DN 1111 - Jazz Dance Technique I (LE CAT10, FINE ARTS)
Credits: 2.0 [max 8.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Beginning work, emphasizing jazz dance as a performing art form.
DN 1121 - Tap Dance Technique I
Credits: 2.0 [max 8.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Beginning work, emphasizing tap dance as a performing art form. prereq: 4 credits of 1101 or 1111, instructor consent
DN 1131 - Ballet Technique I (LE CAT10, FINE ARTS)
Credits: 2.0 [max 12.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Beginning work, emphasizing ballet as a performing art form.
DN 2111 - Jazz Dance Techniques II
Credits: 2.0 [max 12.0]
Prerequisites: Successful completion of DN 1111 with grade of B or better or by placement evaluation of instructor; instructor consent
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Advanced Beginning/Low Intermediate work, emphasizing jazz dance as a performing art form with increased emphasis on the progression of technical skills. prereq: Successful completion of DN 1111 with grade of B or better or by placement evaluation of instructor; instructor consent
DN 2131 - Ballet Technique II
Credits: 2.0 [max 12.0]
Prerequisites: Successful completion of DN 1131 with grade of B or better or by placement evaluation of instructor; instructor consent
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Advanced Beginning/Low Intermediate work, emphasizing ballet as a performing art form with increased emphasis on the progression of technical skills prereq: Successful completion of DN 1131 with grade of B or better or by placement evaluation of instructor; instructor consent
DN 3201 - Modern Dance Technique II
Credits: 2.0 [max 12.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Intermediate work, emphasizing modern dance as a performing art form. prereq: instructor consent
DN 3211 - Jazz Dance Technique III
Credits: 2.0 [max 18.0]
Prerequisites: instructor consent
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Intermediate work in lyrical and percussive jazz dance techniques. prereq: instructor consent
DN 3231 - Ballet Technique III
Credits: 2.0 [max 12.0]
Prerequisites: instructor consent
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Intermediate work, emphasizing ballet as a performing art form. prereq: instructor consent
DN 3221 - Tap Dance Technique II
Credits: 2.0 [max 8.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Intermediate work, emphasizing tap dance as a performing art form. Tap dance composition and development of improvisational skills. prereq: 1121 or instructor consent
DN 3241 - Social Dance for the Stage
Credits: 1.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
An introduction to, and instruction in, social dance forms commonly used in theatrical staging and musical theatre choreography, including historical and cultural context. prereq: minimum 60 credits, BFA Theatre major, instructor consent
DN 3995 - Special Topics (Various Titles to be Assigned)
Credits: 1.0 -9.0 [max 9.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall, Spring & Summer
Special topics to be assigned.
DN 4311 - Jazz Dance Technique IV
Credits: 2.0 [max 12.0]
Prerequisites: instructor consent; no grad credit
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Advanced work, emphasizing jazz dance as a performing art form. prereq: instructor consent; no grad credit
DN 4331 - Ballet Technique IV
Credits: 2.0 [max 12.0]
Prerequisites: 3231, instructor consent; no grad credit
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Advanced work, emphasizing ballet as a performing art form. prereq: 3231, instructor consent; no grad credit
DN 1001 - Introduction to the World of Dance (LE CAT9, LEIP CAT09, FINE ARTS)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Appreciation of dance as an art and entertainment form using aesthetic, sociocultural, historical, and genre studies. Video and concert viewing, readings on choreographers and dancers, critiques, and lab experiences.
DN 3611 - Dance History
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Spring
Religious, social, political, and artistic forces that have contributed to development of dance in Western civilization, emphasizing Romantic era through present. prereq: 1001 or instructor consent
DN 3995 - Special Topics (Various Titles to be Assigned)
Credits: 1.0 -9.0 [max 9.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall, Spring & Summer
Special topics to be assigned.
TH 1071 - Musical Theatre History (LE CAT9, HUMANITIES)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Musical theatre genre focusing on integration of theatre, music, and dance. Major librettists, composers, directors, choreographers, and performers.
DN 1011 - Tap Dance Fundamentals (LE CAT10)
Credits: 2.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Spring
Fundamental tap dance technique, emphasizing tap dance as a social and performing art form.
DN 1101 - Modern Dance Technique I (LE CAT10, FINE ARTS)
Credits: 2.0 [max 12.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Beginning work, emphasizing modern dance as a performing art form.
DN 1110 - Jazz Dance Fundamentals (FINE ARTS)
Credits: 2.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Beginning work, designed for the student with very minimal or no previous dance experience. Emphasis on introducing basic movement concepts (i.e. placement, musicality) and jazz dance styles.
DN 1111 - Jazz Dance Technique I (LE CAT10, FINE ARTS)
Credits: 2.0 [max 8.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Beginning work, emphasizing jazz dance as a performing art form.
DN 1121 - Tap Dance Technique I
Credits: 2.0 [max 8.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Beginning work, emphasizing tap dance as a performing art form. prereq: 4 credits of 1101 or 1111, instructor consent
DN 1131 - Ballet Technique I (LE CAT10, FINE ARTS)
Credits: 2.0 [max 12.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Beginning work, emphasizing ballet as a performing art form.
DN 2101 - Physical Conditioning for Dance
Credits: 1.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Spring
Introductory course in physical conditioning specifically aimed at cross training for dancers. Course will include basic anatomy, strengthening, stretching including static and dynamic, and addressing and eliminating muscular imbalances that inhibit proper technique. prereq: Completion of one 1xxx Dance course or instructor consent
DN 2111 - Jazz Dance Techniques II
Credits: 2.0 [max 12.0]
Prerequisites: Successful completion of DN 1111 with grade of B or better or by placement evaluation of instructor; instructor consent
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Advanced Beginning/Low Intermediate work, emphasizing jazz dance as a performing art form with increased emphasis on the progression of technical skills. prereq: Successful completion of DN 1111 with grade of B or better or by placement evaluation of instructor; instructor consent
DN 2131 - Ballet Technique II
Credits: 2.0 [max 12.0]
Prerequisites: Successful completion of DN 1131 with grade of B or better or by placement evaluation of instructor; instructor consent
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Advanced Beginning/Low Intermediate work, emphasizing ballet as a performing art form with increased emphasis on the progression of technical skills prereq: Successful completion of DN 1131 with grade of B or better or by placement evaluation of instructor; instructor consent
DN 3201 - Modern Dance Technique II
Credits: 2.0 [max 12.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Intermediate work, emphasizing modern dance as a performing art form. prereq: instructor consent
DN 3211 - Jazz Dance Technique III
Credits: 2.0 [max 18.0]
Prerequisites: instructor consent
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Intermediate work in lyrical and percussive jazz dance techniques. prereq: instructor consent
DN 3231 - Ballet Technique III
Credits: 2.0 [max 12.0]
Prerequisites: instructor consent
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Intermediate work, emphasizing ballet as a performing art form. prereq: instructor consent