Dance Education (K-12) (BS)

Program Requirements

Required General Education

A survey of dance in all its vibrant forms intended to develop student understanding and appreciation for the significant role dance plays in world cultures.

Prerequisites: Consent

Goal Areas: GE-06, GE-08

Addresses drugs and drug use from psychological, behavioral, pharmacological, historical, legal and clinical perspectives - while examining the effects of drug use on personal health and social functioning.

Prerequisites: none

Goal Areas: GE-05

Performance scenes and exercises for the beginner.

Prerequisites: none

Goal Areas: GE-06

Major Common Core

Expanding knowledge and skill of jazz dance technique with more direct application to musical theatre and concert dance, as well as focus on emerging performance skills. May be repeated. Consent of instructor is required.

Prerequisites: Consent

Goal Areas: GE-11

Cross-cultural survey of dance from around the world with emphasis on historical, social, and cultural dimensions. Includes western concert dance as one among many other forms. Consent of instructor is required.

Prerequisites: DANC 120 or DANC120W

Goal Areas: GE-08, GE-11

Diverse Cultures: Purple

Expanding knowledge and skill of ballet technique, with increasing development of centerfloor and across-the-floor variations, as well as emerging performance skills. May be repeated. Consent of instructor is required.

Prerequisites: none

Goal Areas: GE-11

Expanding knowledge and skill of tap technique, in musical theatre, as well as focus on emerging performance skills. May be repeated. Consent of instructor is required.

Prerequisites: Consent

Goal Areas: GE-11

Expanding knowledge and skill of modern dance technique, including floor work, elevations, inversions, and emerging performance skills. May be repeated.

Prerequisites: none

Goal Areas: GE-11

Study and practice of specific techniques to improve dancers' performance, health, and teaching. Consent of instructor is required.

Prerequisites: none

The study of dance making, dance accompaniment, and dance criticism through the creation of dance works. Consent of instructor is required.

Prerequisites: DANC 228, DANC 322. Consent

Exploration of a variety of improvisational techniques for beginning Dance Majors and Minors. May be repeated. Consent of instructor is required.

Prerequisites: Consent

This course is first in a two-part series of courses required for the K-12 Dance Education license. It examines the theory and practice of dance education and applies this knowledge to simulated teaching and to selected clinical settings. Consent of instructor is required. Fall

Prerequisites: none

Continuation of the principles and techniques of choreography with an emphasis on group forms.

Prerequisites: DANC 321 

This course is the second in a two-part series of courses required for the K-12 Dance Education license. The focus of the course is on lesson planning, assessment, and teaching in a variety of K-12 settings. Spring

Prerequisites: DANC 324 

Rotation of a variety of topics in dance. May be repeated. Consent of instructor is required.

Prerequisites: Consent

Investigation of concert dance history from diverse perspectives. Along with western European contributions, the legacies and traditions associated with the African diaspora, North American indigenous populations, vernacular and folk forms will also will be included. Sociopolitical ideologies of race, class, and gender will apply to this historical examination.

Prerequisites: DANC 225

Fundamental concepts of costume design and production for the Dance.

Prerequisites: none

Fundamental concepts of lighting design and production for the Dance.

Prerequisites: none

Fundamental concepts of sound design and production for the Dance.

Prerequisites: none

Choose 2 Credit(s). Take twice

Repertory experience in performance of the choreography by a variety of dance artists. May be repeated. Consent of instructor is required.

Prerequisites: none

Major Restricted Electives

Theatre Activities - Choose 3 Credit(s). Choose 2 different areas.

Acting in a mainstage or approved production. May be repeated.

Prerequisites: Consent 

Goal Areas: GE-11

Work on stage or house management, or public relations. May be repeated.

Prerequisites: Consent 

Goal Areas: GE-11

Serve as Dance Captain, to assist the Choreographer, for a mainstage or approved production. May be repeated.

Prerequisites: Consent

Work on stage crew in a mainstage production. May be repeated.

Prerequisites: Consent 

Goal Areas: GE-11

Work on costumes or wardrobe crew in a mainstage production. May be repeated.

Prerequisites: Consent 

Goal Areas: GE-11

Work on lighting crew in a mainstage production. May be repeated.

Prerequisites: Consent 

Goal Areas: GE-11

Work on sound crew in a mainstage production. May be repeated.

Prerequisites: Consent 

Goal Areas: GE-11

Major Unrestricted Electives

Choose 5 credits.

Fundamentals of jazz technique, including knowledge and application of terminology. May be repeated. Consent of instructor is required.

Prerequisites: Consent

Goal Areas: GE-11

Fundamentals of African-based dance forms explored through West African and Caribbean roots. May be repeated. Consent of instructor is required.

Prerequisites: Consent

Goal Areas: GE-11

Fundamentals of ballet technique, including knowledge and application of terminology. May be repeated. Consent of instructor is required.

Prerequisites: Consent

Goal Areas: GE-11

Fundamentals of tap dance technique utilized in musical theatre. May be repeated. Consent of instructor is required.

Prerequisites: Consent

Goal Areas: GE-11

Fundamentals of modern dance technique, including an improvisatory component. May be repeated. Consent of instructor is required.

Prerequisites: Consent

Goal Areas: GE-11

Increasing difficulty of jazz dance technique through complexity of combinations, multiple turns, and more developed performance skills as applied to musical theatre or concert dance. May be repeated. Consent of instructor is required.

Prerequisites: none

Increasing difficulty of ballet technique with more complex combinations, multiple turns, pointe work, and greater emphasis on performance skills. May be repeated. Consent of instructor is required.

Prerequisites: none

Increasing complexity of tap technique for musical theatre with greater emphasis on performance skills. May be repeated. Instructor consent is required.

Prerequisites: Consent

Increasing complexity of modern dance technique, including floor work, partnering, elevation, inversions, and performance skills. May be repeated. Instructor consent is required.

Prerequisites: none

Expanding knowledge and skill in dance partnering, with the emphasis on styles used in performance of concert dance. May be repeated. Instructor consent is required.

Prerequisites: none

Expanding knowledge and skill in dance partnering, with the emphasis on styles used in performance of theatre and musical theatre. May be repeated. Consent of instructor is required.

Prerequisites: Consent

Other Graduation Requirements

See the K-12 Teaching Programs section of the catalog for admission requirements for professional education and for a list of required professional education courses.
All students seeking a teaching license must meet and maintain the requirements to be admitted into professional education.