The Dance Program is a division of the Department
of Kinesiology and Health Science,
Required lecture/lab classes for both teaching and non-teaching are:
Analysis of Movement
Dance Performance (credit currently obtained via DAN200, Danceworks)
History and Philosophy of Dance
Improvisation and Composition of Dance
Rhythmic Analysis of Dance Movement
Theory and Practice of Dance
Repertory Company (by audition)
Additional technique classes in Ballet, Modern or Jazz
The Teaching Field is equivalent to the Major with regard to studies in dance. In addition to the above-mentioned course work, Teaching Field students take classes in professional education.
The Dance Minor entails 19 hours of study and includes technique classes in ballet, modern, and jazz dance as well as lecture/lab classes in performance, improvisation and composition, rhythmic analysis, and history and philosophy of dance.
History of the Dance Major
Courses in dance originally supported the curriculum for both men and women majoring in Physical Education; however, over time dance became its own specialized field of study. In the 1980's, a Teaching Field in Dance was established for students pursuing teacher certification in the State of
The primary mission of the BS degree program in Dance is the professional preparation of teachers who possess a breadth of understanding in the discipline and will continue to uphold standards of excellence as they, in turn, make contributions to dance in education and as an art form. Students are encouraged to reach their highest technical and creative potential to the extent that, should they desire to pursue graduate studies in Dance or a performing career, they will be sufficiently prepared to realize their goals.