Dance

Faculty: Nina Vought

Program Goals

  • Students will understand how dance functions within the context of community cultural development.
  • Students will develop advanced skills in dance.
  • Students will understand the role of the human body in dance, including anatomy/kinesiology and growth/development.
  • Students will have knowledge of key individuals, companies, and contexts of Western theatrical dance, non-Western world dance traditions, and the role of the arts in diverse societies.
  • Students will develop artistic creativity, understand how to draw inspiration from visual and aural stimuli, and be able to lead others through this process.
  • Students will understand the internal workings of arts and community organizations and how cultural policy impacts these organizations
  • Students will be able to manage and produce formal and informal dance concerts, effectively teach dance, use digital platforms to showcase dance events, and create dance projects with diverse populations (e.g., youth, individuals with disabilities, senior citizen centers, etc.)

Objectives

The Department of Dance at Westminster College offers a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree.  The Dance program emphasizes improvisation, individual and group “felt experiences,” collaboration, and community.  As such, the degree in Dance from Westminster College prepares students for careers in professional dance companies, arts organizations, education, community development, health and fitness, human services, as well as graduate studies in a myriad of interdisciplinary areas.

Students will develop an understanding of the artistic and technical elements of physical expression that leads to performance artistry.  Students will demonstrate mastery of improvisation, composition, and production elements (venue, lighting, sound, costuming, audience).  Students will demonstrate a deep understanding of human growth and development and the role of movement in sustaining a healthy lifestyle.  Students will also develop an understanding of how dance functions as a powerful vehicle for community cultural development, and appreciate the role of the arts in fostering social change.

Students will develop an ability to create powerful original work through movement.  They will demonstrate the ability to use technology to capture dance processes and products as well as augment the visual and aural components of dance production.  Students will become sensitive evaluators of dance processes and concert dance productions.  Students will also demonstrate an understanding of formal and informal global dance trends.

Program Requirements

Dance is an open enrollment major.  However, to continue in the major after year 1, all students must pass a jury.  Students must also maintain a minimum 2.5 GPA in all courses required in the major.  As this is a cohort-based program, transfer students will be evaluated individually and placed into a cohort based on prior coursework, competencies, and abilities.

Students must meet the college-wide graduation requirements in addition to the Dance major:

  • 124 total hours
  • 30 upper-division hours
  • WCore requirements

Dance Major

Requirement Description
Credit Hours Prerequisites
I. World Language Requirement 8
Dance majors must complete eight credit hours in a single world language.
II. Lower Division Courses 34
DANCE 130 Movement Practice 1 (2)
DANCE 131 Movement Practice 2 (2)
DANCE 180 History/Theory (4)
DANCE 190 World Dance (4)
DANCE 200 Visual & Aural Imagination (2)
DANCE 230 Movement Practice 3 (2)
DANCE 231 Movement Practice 4 (2)
DANCE 240 Pedagogy (4)
DANCE 250 Anatomy/Kinesiology (4)
DANCE 260 Improv-Based Composition I (4)
DANCE 270 Improv-Based Composition II (4)
III. Upper Division Courses 29
DANCE 330 Movement Practice 5 (2)
DANCE 331 Movement Practice 6 (2)
DANCE 400 Digital Media (2)
DANCE 410 Dance for the Camera/Web (2)
DANCE 430 Movement Practice 7 (2)
DANCE 431 Movement Practice 8 (2)
DANCE 440 Arts Administration (3)
DANCE 450 Internship (4)
DANCE 460 Community-Based Work (4)
DANCE 480 Production (2)
DANCE 490 Senior Showcase I (2)
DANCE 491 Senior Showcase II (2)
TOTAL HOURS FOR DANCE MAJOR 71

Recommended Plan of Study for Dance

Fall Semester Spring Semester
Freshman Year DANCE 130
DANCE 180
DANCE 131
DANCE 190
DANCE 200
Sophomore Year

DANCE 230
DANCE 250
DANCE 260


DANCE 231
DANCE 240
DANCE 270

Junior Year

DANCE 330
DANCE 460*
DANCE 450*


DANCE 331
DANCE 460*
DANCE 450*

Senior Year

DANCE 430
DANCE 490
DANCE 480
DANCE 400


DANCE 431
DANCE 491
DANCE 440
DANCE 410


Dance Minor

Requirement Description
Credit Hours Prerequisites
I. Required Courses 21 
DANCE 130 Movement Practice 1 (2)
DANCE 131 Movement Practice 2 (2)
DANCE 180 History/Theory (4)
DANCE 200 Visual/Aural Imagination (2)
DANCE 230 Movement Practice 3 (2)
DANCE 231 Movement Practice 4 (2)
DANCE 240 Pedagogy (2)
DANCE 260 Improv-Based Composition I (2)
DANCE 440 Arts Administration (3)
TOTAL HOURS FOR DANCE MINOR 21

* Students choose the semester to complete the internship and community-based project, either fall or spring.

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