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2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog

Dance Studies - Major


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The B.S. in Dance Studies is a degree with a rigorous foundation in both the arts and sciences. The program has a strong emphasis on both the “how” and “why” of dance, with a solid grounding in not only the physical, but also the cultural, historical, aesthetic, entrepreneurial, therapeutic, and theoretical functions of dance. The Dance Studies program prepares graduates for employment, graduate degrees, and/or certification programs in such areas as dance performance, choreography, dance pedagogy, production/stage management, arts administration, dance therapy, dance history, dance criticism, dance theory and research, somatic therapies, and movement analysis.

Emphasizing the development of the well-rounded dance artist living and working within a global and technological community, we are forwarding the concept of the “thinking dancer” through this program.  The spirit of creative investigation, original research, and productivity are main themes - courses stress personal creativity, individual growth, and strong dance training, within a greater context of social awareness. The Dance Studies program will provide an excellent means of gaining in-depth knowledge of the art form and its related fields through multi-faceted training in performance, theory, wellness, interdisciplinarity, pedagogy, and current modes of research.

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Student Learning Outcomes

Students will possess the following competencies:

  1. The ability to identify and work conceptually with the elements of dance.
  2. An understanding of choreographic processes, aesthetic properties of style, and the ways these shape and are shaped by artistic and  cultural ideas and contexts.
  3. An acquaintance with a wide selection of dance repertory, the principal eras, genres, and  cultural sources.
  4. The ability to develop and defend critical evaluations.
  5. Fundamental knowledge of the body and of kinesiology as applicable to work in dance.
  6. An understanding of procedures for realizing a variety of dance styles.

Program Director

Heather Roffe
Assistant Professor, Dance
Department of Theatre and Dance
Nazareth College
(585)389-2163
hroffe4@naz.edu
 

Dance Studies Program Requirements

Total credits required to fulfill major: 58

Core Curriculum Requirements


All Nazareth students complete Core Curriculum coursework as part of their degree requirements. The Core provides a foundation in the liberal arts and sciences while guiding students to pose and explore their own intellectual questions. See Academic Policies and Procedures  for specific core curriculum requirements. 

General Requirements


Students must earn a minimum GPA of 2.75 for General Requirements.

Composition Requirements


Students must earn a minimum GPA of 2.75 for Composition Requirements.

Technique/Studio Requirements


Students must earn a minimum GPA of 3.0 for Technical/Studio Requirements. In addition, students must complete at least three 300-level Technique courses to graduate as a Dance Studies major.

Theory Course Requirements


Students must earn a minimum GPA of 2.75 for Theory Course Requirements.

Complete 9 credits from the following courses:

Performance/Production Course Requirements


Complete a minimum of five credits from the following courses:

Experiential Learning Courses/Senior Capstone


Complete a minimum of 3 credits from the following courses:

Dance Studies - Sample Program


Fall Semester Freshman Year Credits Spring Semester Freshman Year Credits
DAN 212L Modern I Movement Lab /DAN 212  or DAN 312L Modern II Dance Technique Movement Lab /DAN 312   1-3 ENGW 102 Argument and Research   3
DAN.Q 130 Dance and Culture  PEQ (1) 3 DAN 208L Ballet I Technique Movement Lab /DAN 208  or DAN 308L Ballet II Technique Movement Lab /DAN 308   3
DAN 205L Open Ballet I - Movement Lab /DAN 205  or DAN 305L Open Ballet II Movement Lab /DAN 305   2 DAN 310L Dance Theory and Improvisation Movement Lab /DAN 310   3
DAN 110L Pilates Movement Lab /DAN 110   1-2 DAN 242 Dance Performance/Repertory  (or THL 242) 0-1
ENGW 101 Exposition    3 DAN 213L Special Topics in Contemporary Dance Technique: Movement Lab /DAN 213   1-2
ACS 101 Academic and College Success   1 DAN 260 Integrated Somatic Anatomy and Kinesiology   3
FYS - PEQ (2) 3 PEQ (3) 3
Audition for DAN 242 Performance Repertory 0    
THA 090 New Student Spotlight   0    
TOTAL CREDITS 14-17 TOTAL CREDITS 17-18
       
Fall Semester Sophomore Year Credits Spring Semester Sophomore Year Credits
DAN 312L Modern II Dance Technique Movement Lab /DAN 312  or DAN 412L Modern III Technique Movement Lab /DAN 412   1 DAN 308L Ballet II Technique Movement Lab /DAN 308  or DAN 408L Ballet III Technique Movement Lab /DAN 408   1-3
DAN 205L Open Ballet I - Movement Lab  or DAN 305L Open Ballet II Movement Lab   1 Technique Elective 1-2
THA 150 Technical Theatre I /THA 150L   3 DAN 350 Dance as Art - History and Aesthetics  or DAN 333G PII Anthropology of Dance   3
DAN 322 Choreography I - Theories of Dance Composition   3 DAN 242 Dance Performance/Repertory  (or THL 242) 0-1
MUS.Q 102 Introduction to the Language of Music   3 PEQ (6) 3
PEQ (4) science with lab 4 PEQ (7) 3
PEQ (5) 3 Integrative Studies (IS) course - 1 3
TOTAL CREDITS 18 TOTAL CREDITS 14-18
       
Fall Semester Junior Year Credits Spring Semester Junior Year Credits
DAN 355 The Art and Theory of Dance Pedagogy  or DAN 315 Introduction to Dance/Movement Therapy   3 DAN 213L Special Topics in Contemporary Dance Technique: Movement Lab /DAN 213  (or other Technique Elective) 2
DAN 312L Modern II Dance Technique Movement Lab /DAN 312  or DAN 412L Modern III Technique Movement Lab /DAN 412   1-3 Technique Elective 1-3
Technique Elective 1-2 THL or DAN 242 Performance/Repertory 0-1
DAN 380   3 Integrative Studies (IS) - 3 3
DAN 242 Dance Performance/Repertory   1 Elective 3
Integrative Studies (IS) course - 2 3 Elective 3
PEQ (8) 3 Elective 3
TOTAL CREDITS 15-18 TOTAL CREDITS 15-18
       
Fall Semester Senior Year Credits Spring Semester Senior Year Credits
DAN 412L Modern III Technique Movement Lab /DAN 412   3 DAN 242 Dance Performance/Repertory  (or THL 242) 0-1
Technique Elective 1-2 Technique Elective 2
DAN 401 Dance and Community Engagement   3 DAN 400 (Dance) Performance and Collaboration   3
Elective 3 DAN 499 Senior Capstone Project/Comprehensive   0
Elective 3 Elective 3
Elective 3 Elective 3
CME 050 Core Milestone Experience   0 Elective 3
TOTAL CREDITS 16-17 TOTAL CREDITS 14-15
Note - all students must complete 60 credits of courses with the Liberal Arts designation

 

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