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Undergraduate Program

Minors

The Dance and Movement Program offers two minors, one in dance and one in movement studies.

Dance Minor

Our dance minor develops skills in observation, analysis, and critical response to dance as an art form and as a component of life and culture. We do not merely dance for the sake of fitness or memorizing steps, as our studies are the result of theoretically based movement explorations and more.

Students in this minor will learn dance literacy and appreciation. They can also get hands-on experience in:

  • Performance
  • Teaching
  • Arts management
  • Choreography
  • Criticism
  • Production design

Regardless of an individual student’s career path, a minor in dance helps foster educated audiences and participants in the diverse field of dance in culture.

Requirements

Dance minors are required to take a total of 26 credits.

Core Context Courses 

Choose at least eight credits from the following:

  • DAN 195: World Dance: Movement as Culture (4 credits)
  • DAN 204: Contact Improvisation and Culture (4 credits)
  • DAN 228: Dance History: Philosophy, Aesthetics, and Culture (4 credits)
  • DAN 250: Contemporary Dance: Context and Practice (4 credits)
  • DAN 251: Jazz Dance: Context and Practice (4 credits)
  • DAN 252: Intermediate Ballet: Context and Practice (4 credits)
  • DAN 253: West African Dance: Context and Practice (4 credits)
  • DAN 254: Tap Dance in American History: Context and Practice (4 credits)
  • DAN 288: Movement Analysis and Integration (4 credits)

Creative Expression Courses 

Choose at least six credits from the following:

  • DAN 104: Contact Improvisation (2 credits)
  • DAN 160: Dance Improvisation (2 credits)
  • DAN 243: Dance on Camera/Camera on Dance (4 credits)*
  • DAN 245: Dance Therapy Foundations (4 credits)
  • DAN 278: Choreography (4 credits)
  • DAN 296: Art of Teaching Dance K-12 (4 credits)*
  • DAN 378: Choreographic Voice: Dance and Social Justice (4 credits)*
  • DAN 380: Repertory and Performance (3 credits)
  • DAN 385: Dance Performance Workshop (2 credits)

*Offered every other year

Somatic Awareness Courses

Choose between two and four credits from the following:

  • DAN 114: Introduction to Yoga (2 credits)
  • DAN 115: Moving Into Stillness (2 credits)
  • DAN 130: Conditioning for the Dancer and Athlete (2 credits)
  • DAN 170: Embodied Resourcing Through Somatic Practices (4 credits)
  • DAN 208: Tai Chi: Movement Art and Culture (2 credits)
  • DAN 209: Qi Gong: Chinese Way to Health (2 credits)
  • DAN 225: Yoga II: Continuing the Journey (2 credits)
  • DAN 230: Living Anatomy, Living Yoga (4 credits)

Style Courses

Use the following courses to complete the remaining 26 credits:

  • DAN 102: Fundamentals of Movement (2 credits)
  • DAN 108: Ecolinguistics: Language & Movement (4.0 credits)
  • DAN 110: Beginning Dance Techniques (2 credits)
  • DAN 116: Intro to Somatic Ballet (2 credits)
  • DAN 140: Tap Dance: Beginning (2 credits)
  • DAN 145: Beginning Jazz Dance (2 credits)
  • DAN 150: Beginning Contemporary Dance Technique (2 credits)
  • DAN 171: Capoeira: Brazilian Art Movement (2 credits)
  • DAN 181: West African Dance Forms (2 credits)
  • DAN 188: Hip Hop Culture and Breaking (2 credits)
  • DAN 189: Hip Hop Culture and Breaking IA (2 credits)
  • DAN 190: Middle Eastern Dance: Folkloric/Bedouin (2 credits)
  • DAN 200: Anatomy and Kinesiology (4 credits)
  • DAN 212: Ngoma: Drumming, Dance, and Ritual in Southern Africa (4 credits)
  • DAN 215: Beginning Ballet II/Advanced Beginning Ballet (2 credits)
  • DAN 240: Tap Dance: Intermediate (2 credits)
  • DAN 242: Design for Dance (2 credits)
  • DAN 248: Arts and Activism (4.0 credits)
  • DAN 267: Intermediate/Advanced Contemporary Dance (2 credits)
  • DAN 268: Intermediate/Advanced Contemporary Ballet (2 credits)
  • DAN 271: Capoeira II: Music in Motion (2 credits)
  • DAN 279: Dance as Collaborator (2 credits)
  • DAN 281: West African Dance Forms 2 (2 credits)
  • DAN 283: West African Dance and Dundun (2 credits)
  • DAN 386: Dance Performance Workshop II (2 credits)
  • DAN 397: Dance Ensemble I (1 credit)
  • DAN 398: Dance Ensemble II (1 credit)

Movement Studies Minor

The movement studies minor offers students an experiential and theoretical study of movement and dance. The minor educates students about dance as an art form, explores the use of movement and dance as a means of creative and personal expression. Though movement studies, students can also gain a greater understanding of culture, traditions, and philosophies from all over the world. 

Requirements

The movement studies minor consists of a minimum of 26 credits.

Fundamentals 

Choose at least two credits from the following:

  • DAN 102: Fundamentals of Movement (2 credits)
  • DAN 200: Anatomy and Kinesiology (4 credits)
  • DAN 288: Movement Analysis and Integration (4 credits)

Core Context Courses 

Choose at least eight credits from the following:

  • DAN 170: Embodied Resourcing Through Somatic Practices (4 credits)
  • DAN 195: World Dance: Movement as Culture (4 credits)
  • DAN 204: Contact Improvisation and Culture (4 credits)
  • DAN 211: Tai Chi: Explorations in Chi (4 credits)
  • DAN 230: Living Anatomy, Living Yoga (4 credits)
  • DAN 250: Intermediate Contemporary Dance: Context and Practice (4 credits)

Dance Appreciation 

Choose between four and six credits from the following:

  • DAN 104: Contact Improvisation (2 credits)
  • DAN 110: Beginning Dance Techniques (2 credits)
  • DAN 116: Intro to Somatic Ballet (2 credits)
  • DAN 140: Tap Dance: Beginning (2 credits)
  • DAN 145: Beginning Jazz Dance (2 credits)
  • DAN 150: Beginning Contemporary Dance (2 credits)
  • DAN 160: Dance Improvisation (2 credits)
  • DAN 171: Capoeira: Brazilian Art Movement (2 credits)
  • DAN 181: West African Dance Forms (2 credits)
  • DAN 188: Hip Hop Culture and Breaking (2 credits)
  • DAN 189: Hip Hop Culture and Breaking IA (2 credits)
  • DAN 190: Middle Eastern Dance: Folkloric/Bedouin (2 credits)
  • DAN 212: Ngoma: Drumming, Dance, and Ritual in Southern Africa (4 credits)
  • DAN 215: Beginning Ballet II/Advanced Beginning Ballet (2 credits)
  • DAN 228: Dance History: Philosophy, Aesthetics, and Culture (4 credits)
  • DAN 240: Tap Dance Intermediate (2 credits)
  • DAN 242: Design for Dance (2 credits)
  • DAN 243: Dance on Camera/Camera on Dance (4 credits)
  • DAN 248: Arts and Activism (4 credits)
  • DAN 251: Intermediate/Advanced Jazz: Context and Practice (4 credits)
  • DAN 253: West African Dance: Context and Practice (4 credits)
  • DAN 254: Tap Dance in American History: Context and Practice (4 credits)
  • DAN 268: Intermediate/Advanced Contemporary Ballet (2 credits)
  • DAN 273: Capoeira Roda: Strategies and Improvisation (2 credits)
  • DAN 278: Dance as Collaborator (2 credits)
  • DAN 281: West African Dance Forms II (2 credits)
  • DAN 283: West African Dance and DunDun (2 credits)
  • DAN 290: Middle Eastern Dance: Orientale (2 credits)
  • DAN 296: Art of Teaching Dance K-12 (4 credits)
  • DAN 378: Choreographic Voice: Dance and Social Justice (4 credits)
  • DAN 380: Repertory and Performance (3 credits)
  • DAN 397: Dance Ensemble I (1 credit)
  • DAN 398: Dance Ensemble II (1 credit)

Movement Studies

Use the following courses to complete the remaining 26 credits:

  • DAN 108: Ecolinguistics: Language & Movement (4 credits) 
  • DAN 114: Introduction to Yoga (2 credits)
  • DAN 115: Moving Into Stillness (2 credits)
  • DAN 130: Conditioning for the Dancer and Athlete (2 credits)
  • DAN 208: Tai Chi: Movement, Art, and Culture (2 credits)
  • DAN 209: Qi Gong: Chinese Way to Health (2 credits)
  • DAN 225: Yoga II: Continuing the Journey (2 credits)
  • DAN 271: Capoeira II: Music in Motion (2 credits)