Dance at SFA
Welcome to the Dance Program. We hope that you, as a student, will find a supportive atmosphere to achieve your academic and personal goals as you take courses in subjects such as modern dance, jazz dance, ballet, composition, performance and history. You will find class sizes ideal for receiving individual attention from teachers while getting to know your fellow dancers. You will have opportunities to perform, choreograph and have hands-on experience on a backstage technical crew while pursuing a Dance Major, Minor or Teaching Field. Whether you are a transfer student or a first-time freshman, we hope you will find your stay with us a time of excitement and discovery in developing your skills and passion as a dancer.
Stan Bobo and Elizabeth Rhodes,
Dance Program Directors
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 Texas; and in 1994, the Bachelor of Science in Dance was approved.
Mission Statement of the Dance Program
The primary mission of the B.S. 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.
The Dance Program is a division of the Department of Kinesiology and Health Science, College of Education. The philosophy of the Program is to instill within each student sound principles of movement, scholarship, and professional attitudes with teacher-preparation courses comprising an important component of the curriculum.
The following options are available:
In addition, a 19-hour Dance Minor is offered
Required lecture/lab classes for both teaching and non-teaching are:
|KIN 417 Analysis of Movement|
|DAN 300 Improvisation and Composition of Dance|
|DAN 301 Rhythmic Analysis of Dance Movement|
|DAN 341 History and Philosophy of Dance|
|DAN 356 Dance Production|
|DAN 360 Dance Performance|
|DAN 400 Theory and Practice of Dance|
|DAN 480 Choregraphic Project|
|DAN 105 Tap Dance|
|DAN 106 Ballroom Dance|
|DAN 254 Folk Dance|
|DAN 380 Pointe 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.
Denard Haden Award
The Denard Haden Award is granted annually to a junior or senior dance major who has successfully contributed to the Dance Program in the areas of choreography, performance, scholarship, and/or service.
Katie Garrett Norton Dance Award
The Katie Garrett Norton Dance Award is granted annually to the junior who has achieved the highest grade point average among dance majors and teaching field students.
Excellence in Dance Award
The Excellence in Dance Award is granted annually to a Dance Major who has contributed to the program in the areas of performance, choreography, service and/or academics.
Travel awards through the Office of Student Affairs have supported student participation in events such as the American College Dance Festival.