Dance - Bachelor of Arts in Dance

The Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Dance offers three concentration areas in which to pursue a dance degree. Undergraduate students can choose to focus their studies in Contemporary Dance, DanceSport or Spanish Dance.

Students must complete all University degree requirements including General Education requirements and Viewing a Wider World requirements. All students are required to take core dance courses, courses from their concentration area, as well as, electives from other concentrations. Cross training develops dancers who are well rounded professionals, competitors, and teachers. The B.A. prepares students for a professional performance and/or teaching career, as well as the appropriate background for the pursuit of advanced degrees in teaching, performance, choreography and other related fields. Grades of C- or better are required in Area 1: ENGL 111G Rhetoric and Composition; Area II: Mathematics; Dance Core Courses and Dance Concentration Courses.  The College of Education requires a minimum GPA of 2.5 for graduation. Developmental coursework will not count towards the degree requirements and/or elective credits, but may be needed in order to take the necessary English and Mathematics coursework.

Students must complete a minimum of 120 credits with 48 credits in courses numbered 300 or above.

Concentration: Contemporary Dance

Contemporary Dance is the study of ballet, modern, hip hop, jazz, and tap. Students are trained in dance technique, dance education (teaching) and dance production.  This concentration prepares dancers for pursuit of an advanced degree or a professional and/or teaching career.

The contemporary concentration consists of 50 credits, 27 contemporary dance core requirements (see below) and 23 contemporary dance elective credits from the elective list or repetition of the lab (L) courses.

Prefix Title Credits
General Education
Student can take any general education course under each area as listed in the undergraduate course catalog. Courses that are required are listed here.
Area I: Communications10
English Composition - Level 1
Rhetoric and Composition4
English Composition - Level 2 1
Oral Communication 1
Area II: Mathematics 1,23-4
Area III/IV: Laboratory Sciences and Social/Behavioral Sciences 110-11
Area III: Laboratory Sciences Course (4 credits)
Area IV: Social/Behavioral Sciences Course (3 credits)
Either an Area III/IV: Laboratory Sciences Course or Social/Behavioral Sciences Course (4 or 3 credits)
Area V: Humanities 13
Area VI: Creative and Fine Arts3
Dance Appreciation (Required)3
General Education Elective (Must have a "G" distinction) 13-4
Viewing A Wider World 36
Departmental/College Requirements
Dance Core Requirements22
All dance majors, regardless of dance concentration area, are required to take the following courses:
Master Works1
Dance Pedagogy: How We Learn1
Dance Production I2
Dance Improvisation2
Dance Production II2
Dance Studio Management3
World Dance3
Senior Culminating Experience (Must take for 2 semesters)2
Anatomy & Physiology I3
Anatomy and Physiology Laboratory1
Dance Technique Elective Requirements9
All dance majors are required to take 9 credits of technique classes outside their area of concentration.
Contemporary Dance Requirements
Contemporary Dance Core Courses27
Dance Ensemble1
Ballet Technique II2
Ballet Technique II Lab1
Modern Dance Technique II2
Modern Dance Technique II Lab1
Principles of Choreography I3
Dance Pedagogy: Teaching Creative Movement for Children3
Ballet Technique III3
Ballet Technique III Lab1
Modern Dance III3
Modern Dance Technique III Lab1
Principles of Choreography II3
Dance Pedagogy: Dance Technique3
Contemporary Concentration Elective Courses23
Introduction to Tap Dance (Can be taken 2 times)1
Contemporary Dance Ensemble I (Can be taken 4 times)1
Hip Hop Dance Ensemble I1
Intermediate Hip-Hop Dance (Can be taken 2 times)2
Jazz Technique II (Can be taken 2 times)2
Tap Dance II (Can be taken 2 times)1
Contemporary Dance Ensemble II (Can be taken 4 times)1
Hip Hop Dance Ensemble II1
Advanced Hip Hop Dance3
Jazz Technique III (Can be taken 2 times)3
Contemporary Dance Practicum1
Ballet Technique IV (Can be taken 2 times)3
Ballet Technique IV Lab1
Modern Dance Technique IV (Can be taken 2 times)3
Modern Dance Technique IV Lab1
Special Topics1-3
Hip Hop Dance History3
Second Language: (not required)
Electives, to bring the total credits to 120 41-0
Total Credits120-122

Concentration: DanceSport

DanceSport or Ballroom Dance is the study of partner dancing in four different styles: Social or American Rhythm and Smooth and International Latin American and Standard Ballroom. This includes social dances such as Night Club, Two-Step, Salsa, Swing, Argentine Tango and more. This concentration trains students in dance techniques for careers in dance education (teaching), dance production and professional performance and competition.

The DanceSport concentration consists of 50 credits, 30 required credits and 20 elective credits from the elective list OR repetition of required courses.

Prefix Title Credits
General Education
Student can take any general education course under each area as listed in the undergraduate course catalog. Courses that are required are listed here.
Area I: Communications10
English Composition - Level 1
Rhetoric and Composition4
English Composition - Level 2 1
Oral Communication 1
Area II: Mathematics 1,23-4
Area III/IV: Laboratory Sciences and Behavioral Sciences 110-11
Area III: Laboratory Sciences Course (4 credits)
Area IV: Social/Behavioral Sciences Course (3 credits)
Either an Area III/IV: Laboratory Sciences Course of Social/Behavioral Sciences Course (4 or 3 credits)
Area V: Humanities 13
Area VI: Creative and Fine Arts 13
Dance Appreciation (Required)3
General Education Elective (must have a "G" distinction) 13-4
Viewing A Wider World 36
Dance Core Requirements22
All dance majors, regardless of dance concentration area, are required to take the following courses:
Master Works1
Dance Pedagogy: How We Learn1
Dance Production I2
Dance Improvisation2
Dance Production II2
Dance Studio Management3
World Dance3
Senior Culminating Experience (Must take for 2 semesters)2
Anatomy & Physiology I3
Anatomy and Physiology Laboratory1
Dance Technique Elective Requirements9
All dance majors are required to take 9 credits of technique classes outside their area of concentration:
DanceSport Requirements
DanceSport Core Courses Requirements30
DanceSport Pedagogy1
Bronze American Rhythm (Can be taken 4 times)2
Bronze American Smooth (Can be taken 4 times)2
Bronze International Latin (Can be taken 4 times)2
Bronze International Standard (Can be taken 4 times)2
Silver American Rhythm (Can be taken 4 times)3
Silver American Smooth (Can be taken 4 times)3
Silver International Latin (Can be taken 4 times)3
Silver International Standard ((Can be taken 4 times)3
DanceSport Practicum1
DanceSport Certification Preparation ((Can be taken 4 times)3
DanceSport Concentration Electives20
Introduction to Hip-Hop Dance1
Intro to West Coast Sw1
Introduction to Latin Social Dance1
Introduction to Ballroom Dance1
Latin Club Dance1
Dance Sport I ( Can be taken 4 times)1
Dance Sport II ( Can be taken 4 times)1
Gold American Smooth (Can be taken 4 times)3
Gold International Latin ((Can be taken 4 times)3
Gold International Standard (Can be taken 4 times)3
Special Topics1-3
Second Language: (not required)
Electives, to bring the total credits to 120 41-0
Total Credits120-122

Concentration: Spanish Dance

Spanish Dance is the study of Flamenco and Classical Spanish dance.  Students are trained in dance technique, dance education (teaching) and dance production. This concentration prepares dancers for pursuit of an advanced degree or a professional performance and/or teaching career.

The Spanish Dance concentration consists of 50 credits, 43 required credits and 7 elective credits from the elective list OR repetition of required courses.

Prefix Title Credits
General Education
Student can take any general education course under each area as listed in the undergraduate course catalog. Courses that are required are listed here.
Area I: Communications10
English Composition - Level 1
Rhetoric and Composition4
English Composition - Level 2 1
Oral Communication
Area II: Mathematics 1,23-4
Area III/IV: Laboratory Sciences and Behavioral Sciences 110-11
Area III: Laboratory Sciences Course (4 credits)
Area IV: Social/Behavioral Sciences Course (3 credits)
Either an Area III/IV: Laboratory Sciences Course or Social/Behavioral Sciences Course (4 or 3 credits)
Area V: Humanities 13
Area VI: Creative and Fine Arts3
Dance Appreciation (Required)3
General Education Elective (must have a "G" distinction) 13-4
Viewing A Wider World 36
Dance Core Requirements22
All dance majors, regardless of dance concentration area, are required to take the following courses:
Master Works1
Dance Pedagogy: How We Learn1
Dance Production I2
Dance Improvisation2
Dance Studio Management3
Dance Production II2
World Dance3
Senior Culminating Experience (Must take for 2 semesters)2
Anatomy & Physiology I3
Anatomy and Physiology Laboratory1
Dance Technique Elective Requirements9
All dance majors are required to take 9 credits of technique classes outside their area of concentration:
Spanish Dance Requirements
Spanish Dance Concentration Core Course Requirement43
Spanish Dance Ensembles I (2 semesters)1
Classical Spanish II (2 Semesters)2
Flamenco II (2 Semesters)2
Flamenco Choreography I3
Flamenco Pedagogy I3
Spanish Dance Ensemble II (2 Semesters)1
Classical Spanish Dance III (2 Semesters)3
Spanish Dance III Lab1
Flamenco III (2 Semesters)3
Flamenco Dance III Lab1
Flamenco Structure and Improvisation3
Flamenco Choreography II3
Spanish Dance Concentration Elective Courses 7
Ballet Technique II2
Modern Dance Technique II2
Ballet Technique III3
Modern Dance III3
Flamenco Practicum1
Special Topics1-3
Flamenco Dance History3
Second Language: (not required)
Electives, to bring the total credits to 120 41-0
Total Credits120-122