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Degree Requirements

NOTE: The degree requirements listed below are applicable to all students entering during academic year 2016-2017. Students who entered during a previous academic year should view the degree requirements in their entering year catalog in the catalog archives. Students who wish to switch to the 2016-17 major and minor requirements should submit a new Declaration of Major or Declaration of Minor form to the M Center.

Dance Major  |  Dance Minor

Dance Major
(a minimum of 39 semester course credits)

Required:

All of the following (23 semester course credits):

DNC 002 Introduction to Dance Studies: Theory and Practice (3)

DNC 034 (134) Dance Improvisation (2) 

DNC 037 Introduction to Choreography (2)

DNC 133 Applied Kinesiology (2)

DNC 157 Music for the Dancer (2)

DNC 159 Stage Production (2)

DNC 165 Modern to Contemporary Performance: History, Theory, and Practice  (3)

DNC 170 Interdisciplinary Collaboration (2)

DNC 176 Dance Cultures (3)

DNC 184 Choreography: Construction Project (2)

Technique (8 semester course credits):

DNC 001 (101) Elementary Ballet (1)

DNC 003 (103) Intermediate Ballet (1)

DNC 005 (105) Dance Technique I (1)

DNC 013 (113) Somatic Arts (1)

DNC 014 (114) Dance Forms (1)

DNC 107 Dance Technique II (1-2)

DNC 110 Movement Research (1-3)

DNC 180 Special Topics in Dance: Technique (1)

Students interested in enrolling in either DNC 107 or 110 must attend the first class of the semester as an audition. Placement decisions will be announced immediately after this class. Dance majors are expected to attend regular technique classes and demonstrate clear progress in their physical training. Students are also expected to participate in special activities of the department, including setting up, crewing, and striking dance productions.

Senior Requirement (2 semester course credits):

Seniors are required to take either DNC 190 or DNC 191. Students are welcome to take both.

DNC 190 Senior Project in Dance Research (2)

DNC 191 Senior Project in Dance Research: Choreography (2)

Note: Majors should expect to incur additional costs related to their senior project.

Students enrolled in DNC 155A/B are required to be concurrently enrolled in a minimum of four technique classes per week.

Electives

Select a minimum of 6 semester course credits from the list below.

DNC 011 (111) Ballet Barre (1)

DNC 131 Screen Dance (2)

DNC 155A Repertory Dance Company (2)

DNC 155B Repertory Dance Company (2)

DNC 179 Laban Studies (2)

DNC 180 Special Topics in Dance: Seminar (2)

DNC 182 Group Choreography (2)

DNC 183 Advanced Seminar in Dance (2)

DNC 196 Digital Performance (2–3)

 

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Dance Minor
(a minimum of 19 semester course credits)

Required:

Theory Track

All of the following (15 semester course credits)

DNC 002 Introduction to Dance Studies: Theory and Practice (3)

DNC 034 (134) Dance Improvisation (2)

DNC 037 Introduction to Choreography (2)

DNC 157 Music for the Dancer (2)

DNC 165 Modern to Contemporary Performance: History, Theory, and Practice (3)

DNC 176 Dance Cultures (3)

Technique (4 semester course credits)

Selected from the following:

DNC 001 (101) Elementary Ballet (1)

DNC 003 (103) Intermediate Ballet (1)

DNC 005 (105) Dance Technique (1)

DNC 011 (111) Ballet Barre (1)

DNC 014 (114) Dance Forms (1)

DNC 107 Dance Technique II (1)

DNC 110 Movement Research (1-3)

In addition to technique requirements, students are encouraged to take some form of technique throughout all their semesters.

Choreography Track

All of the following (14 semester course credits)

DNC 002 Introduction to Dance Studies: Theory and Practice (3)

DNC 034 Dance Improvisation (2)

DNC 037 Introduction to Choreography (2)

DNC 157 Music for the Dancer (2)

DNC 165 Modern to Contemporary Performance: History, Theory, and Practice (3)

DNC 170 Interdisciplinary Collaboration (2)

Technique (5 semester course credits)

Selected from the following:

DNC 001 (101) Elementary Ballet (1)

DNC 003 (103) Intermediate Ballet (1)

DNC 005 (105) Dance Technique I (1)

DNC 011 (111) Ballet Barre (1)

DNC 014 (114) Dance Forms (1)

DNC 107 Dance Technique II (1)

DNC 110 Movement Research (1-3)

In addition to technique requirements, students are encouraged to take some form of technique throughout all their semesters.

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Last Updated: 3/1/16