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Bachelor of Arts in Dance/Performance

The Dance and Performance Studies Program has distinguished itself regionally and nationally as a small, high-quality, unique program that challenges a student both artistically and intellectually with a curriculum having not only rich content but also breadth and depth.  Students desiring to enter the Dance/Performance field are expected to maintain a continuing level of professional development both technically and creatively.  Dance and Performance Majors are required to participate daily in at least one technique class, in addition to their theory courses and rehearsals.  An evaluation is made of the student's work at the end of each semester.

All majors are required to audition each semester for The Dance Theatre, the university dance company.  Each year, The Dance Theatre presents three main stage concert series performances and several informal Basement Series performances.  In addition, The Dance Theatre also presents work at the American College Dance Association’s New England Conference – a tradition that has led The Dance Theatre to perform at the Kennedy Center four times.

Selected students are given the opportunity to present their work with The Dance Theatre during its concert series.  Freshman majors start working with professional choreographers immediately their first semester and perform in The Dance Theatre concert series at the end of each semester.

An important option for Dance and Performance Studies majors is the semester-long Dancing in London Program.  Students may spend the fall semester of their junior year in London working with an international faculty of technique teachers and choreographers. Students also attend dozens of dance and theater performances presented by British and international companies.


The Dance and Performance major must satisfy University Core Curriculum requirements.  In addition, majors must successfully complete the 42 credits listed below and sufficient electives to total 120 credits.  Majors are encouraged to apply electives toward a minor or second major.  Majors are also required to participate in a technique class every day and maintain a satisfactory level of competence.  Progress is evaluated by faculty each semester.

Foundation Courses – Required – 9 credits

DANCE 101 The Creative Athlete  
DANCE 290 Introduction to Choreography  
DANCE 310 Dance History  

Technique Studies Courses – Required – 15 credits

DANCE 210 Ballet I  

and a minimum of 12 credits in Upper Level Technique courses taken from the following:

DANCE 211 Ballet II  
Intermediate Contemporary Modern
Technique and Improvisation I
Intermediate Contemporary Modern
Technique and Improvisation II
Intermediate Contemporary Modern
Technique and Improvisation III
Intermediate Contemporary Modern
Technique and Improvisation IV
DANCE 320 Advanced Technique and Improvisation I  
DANCE 321 Advanced Technique and Improvisation II  
DANCE 401 Advanced Technique and Improvisation III  
DANCE 402 Advanced Technique and Improvisation IV  

A daily technique class in Modern, Contemporary, and/or Ballet (credit or audit) is required of all majors.

Note: Majors must complete a proficiency audition for placement into technique and choreography classes.

Theory and Performance Studies Courses – 18 credits
Choose 6 out of the following 7 courses:

DANCE 131 Mime Workshop  
DANCE 340 Performance Lab and Movement Analysis  
DANCE 390 Advanced Choreography  
DANCE 425 Kinesiology for Dancers  
DANCE 435 The Performance Artist in Society  
DANCE 440 Movement Theatre  
Teaching Techniques, Dance Pedagogy and Musical Concepts

Note: Students completing Dance Teacher Certification are required to take DANCE 161 and DANCE 460