A major in dance necessitates the daily training of the body and mind in technique classes. Dance majors are advised to participate in two daily classes, preferably one in Ballet and with the other in Modern technique. Dance majors are required to successfully complete the fourth level of both Ballet and Modern in order to graduate. Care must be taken by the new dance major to follow the suggested course timeline. Some of our core courses required for graduation are rotated. These courses are offered every other semester. Losing sequence in the rotation schedule will both complicate and prolong your graduation.

The curriculum has been carefully designed to give the students experiences in prerequisite classes that are then built upon in the upper division coursework. The following Four Year Guideline outlines the coursework for each semester. Please study this and refer to the plan before seeing your adviser.

Freshman Year

Fall Semester

Dance 112 Ballet I or Dance 212 Ballet II
Dance 122 Modern I
Theatre 478B Production and Performance
Category 1 Electives  such as Art 101 CS 103,Mus 100, Theatre 100

Spring Semester

Dance 112 Ballet I or Dance 212 Ballet II
Dance 122 Modern I
Theatre 478B Production and Performance
Category 1 Electives such as Art 101 CS 103,Mus 100, Thtr 100

 

Sophomore Year

Fall Semester

Dance 126 Dance Improvisation
Dance 212 Ballet II
Dance 222 Modern II
Dance 226 Rhythmic Analysis
Theatre 478B Production and Performance
Category 1 Electives such as Art 101 CS 103,Mus 100, Theatre 100 etc.

Spring Semester

Dance 212 Ballet II
Dance 222 Modern II
Dance 301 Dance and Cultural Diversity
Theatre 478B Production and Performance
Category 2 Electives such as Theatre 277, 285, 386, 387

 

Junior Year

Fall Semester 

Dance 323A Dance Composition A
Dance 312 Ballet III
Dance 322 Modern III
Theatre 478B Production and Performance
Category 2 Electives such as Theatre 277, 285, 386, 387

Spring Semester

Dance 323B Dance Composition B 
Dance 324 Forces and Figures 
Dance 372 Dance Kinesiology 
Dance 312 Ballet III
Dance 322 Modern III
Dance 371 African American Concert Dance History (G.E. or Elective) 
Dance 471 Creative Dance for Children
Theatre 478B Production and Performance
Category 2 Elective such as Theatre 277, 285, 386, 387

 

Senior Year

Fall Semester 

Dance 412 Ballet IV
Dance 422 Modern IV
Dance 325 Dance Theory and Criticism
Dance 423 Advanced Dance Composition
Dance 424 Dance Pedagogy
Theatre 478B Production and Performance
Dance 478A Production and Performance
Dance 479 Repertory and Performance (by audition only)

Spring Semester 

Dance 412 Ballet IV
Dance 422 Modern IV
Theatre 478B Production and Performance
Dance 478A Production and Performance
Dance 479 Repertory and Performance (by audition only) 
Dance 497 Production Project /Senior Project
Proposal due at end of your Junior year