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Bachelor of Arts in Dance/Performance

The Department of Dance and Performance Studies develops highly trained, creatively active, and professionally oriented students with its unique curriculum. A Bachelor of Arts degree is offered in dance/performance. An audition is required for acceptance into the major program. The program allows for individual attention from the faculty, all working professionals.
Courses are offered in technique (ballet, modern, jazz, tap, ethnic and social forms), choreography, history, pedagogy, movement analysis, kinesiology, and performance techniques. Additionally, it is the only dance-based university  program to provide training in movement theatre in the United States. Majors are expected to maintain a continuing level of technical and creative development and are evaluated each semester by the faculty. Students broaden their backgrounds in the related arts, foster perceptive appreciation and develop a sense of artistic discrimination.
Each year, the department welcomes to campus notable guest artists for teaching and choreographic residencies and performance collaborations. Artists have included Seán Curran, Doug Elkins, Heidi Latsky, Carl Flink, Molissa Fenley, Billy Siegenfeld, Margie Gillis, Creach/Koester, Arthur Hall, Meredith Monk, Marty Beller, Emilie Plauché, Fred Curchack, Bill Evans, Daniel Stein, Laura Glenn, Gilles Obermayer, and Claire Porter.
Selected students have an opportunity to compose, perform, and produce their own works in studio performances. Auditions are held each semester for The Dance Theatre, the university dance company that presents major concert series and mini-concerts, workshops, and presentations in the state and region. Any interested dance student may participate in the dance component of the London theatre program during the junior or senior year.


The dance/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, Jazz, 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