Dance

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Faculty:

Jared Larkin (chair)
Natalie Desch (Assistant to the Chair – Adjunct Faculty)
Bethany Hansen (Assistant to the Chair – Adjunct Faculty)
Michelle Armstrong  (Adjunct Faculty)
Martha Howe-Underwood (Adjunct Faculty)
Allison Shir (Adjunct Faculty)

Dance Courses

Program Goals

  • Students will work to master the body’s physical skills as they relate to technical proficiency, artistic performance, and modes of communication.
  • Students will develop and practice their physical and cognitive research skills, within the full scope of multidisciplinary physical art.
  • Students will develop their own artistic voices by taking risks in individualized experimental creative practices.
  • Students will understand dance as a cultural practice that reflects and impacts local and global communities.
  • Students and faculty will provide a professional environment conducive to advanced learning and collaboration among students and professors.

Objectives

The program offers an academic major leading to a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, a Bachelor of Arts degree, as well as an academic minor. The Dance program emphasizes rigorous technique training in Modern and Ballet, composition and improvisation, 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 studies.

Students will develop an understanding of the artistic and technical elements of physical expression that leads to performance artistry. Students will demonstrate mastery of Modern, Contemporary, and Ballet techniques, improvisation, composition, and production elements (venue, lighting, sound, costuming, etc.,). Students will also develop an understanding of how dance functions as a powerful vehicle for community cultural development.

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.

Program Requirements

Students must audition at the end of their Freshman year for placement into the BFA program. If not accepted, students can re-audition at the end of each semester or pursue the BA degree.

Students must maintain a minimum 2.3 GPA in all courses required for the major.

For course prerequisites, please refer to the course descriptions.

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

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

Dance Bachelor of Fine Arts Major

Requirement Description for Dance BFA
Credit Hours Prerequisites
I. World Language Requirement 8
Dance majors must complete eight credit hours in a single world language.
Technique Components
All Dance majors are required to take a Modern/Contemporary and Ballet course each semester (totaling 28 credits at graduation). Students are placed into a course level after an evaluation occurring during Fall semester of Freshman year. They must meet a minimum of 8 upper division Technique Component credits in Modern/Contemporary and 8 in Ballet upon graduation. All courses are repeatable for credit.
Modern/Contemporary – Lower Division
DANCE 230 Modern/Contemporary II (2+ Lab)
Modern/Contemporary – Upper Division
DANCE 330 Modern/Contemporary III (2 + Lab)
DANCE 430 Modern/Contemporary IV (2 + Lab)
Ballet – Lower Division
DANCE 235 Ballet II (2 + Lab)
Ballet – Upper Division
DANCE 335 Ballet III (2 + Lab)
DANCE 435 Ballet IV (2 + Lab)
II. Lower Division Courses 26
DANCE 130 Modern/Contemporary I (4)
DANCE 135 Ballet I (4)
DANCE 180 Dance History I (2)
DANCE 270 Improvisation/Composition (4)
6 credits + lab required of Modern/Contemporary technique components (these credits can be satisfied by upper division courses)
6 credits + lab required of Ballet technique components (these credits can be satisfied by upper division courses)
III. Upper Division Courses 28
DANCE 350 Dance Pedagogy (4)
DANCE 351 Anatomy and Kinesiology for Dance (4)
DANCE 490 Senior Seminar (2)
DANCE 491 Senior Showcase (2)
8 credits + lab required of Modern/Contemporary technique components
8 credits + lab required of Ballet technique components
IV. Elective Courses
8
DANCE 190 World Dance (4)
DANCE 280 Dance History II (2)
DANCE 380 Vernacular Forms of Dance (4)
DANCE 381 Ballet Studies (4)
DANCE 382 Dance for Camera (3)
DANCE 440 Internship (1-4)
THTR 225 Lighting Design (3) THTR 145, 160
TOTAL HOURS FOR THE BFA IN DANCE
70

Recommended Plan of Study for Dance

Fall Semester Spring Semester
Freshman Year DANCE 130
DANCE 135
DANCE 180
DANCE 230
DANCE 235
Sophomore Year

DANCE 230
DANCE 235
DANCE 270


DANCE 230
DANCE 235
DANCE 351

Junior Year

DANCE 330
DANCE 335
DANCE 350


DANCE 330
DANCE 335

Senior Year

DANCE 430
DANCE 435
DANCE 490


DANCE 430
DANCE 435
DANCE 491

  • Must fit in 8 credits of elective courses and 8 credits of a language course.
  • Must fulfill all WCore requirements.
  • This plan is an example of levels of technique components that could be taken. Dance majors will vary in which level of technique courses they take each year, depending on their evaluations.

Dance Bachelor of Arts Major

Requirement Description for Dance BA
Credit Hours Prerequisites
I. World Language Requirement 8
Dance majors must complete eight credit hours in a single world language.
Technique Components
All Dance majors are required to take a Modern/Contemporary and Ballet course Spring of Freshman year and both semesters of Sophomore year; two additional Ballet OR Modern/Contemporary classes are required to be taken one semester of Junior and Senior year (totaling 16 credits upon graduation). Students are placed into a course level after an evaluation occurring during Fall semester of Freshman year. All courses are repeatable for credit.
Modern/Contemporary – Lower Division
DANCE 230 Modern/Contemporary II (2+ Lab)
Modern/Contemporary – Upper Division
DANCE 330 Modern/Contemporary III (2 + Lab)
DANCE 430 Modern/Contemporary IV (2 + Lab)
Ballet – Lower Division
DANCE 235 Ballet II (2 + Lab)
Ballet – Upper Division
DANCE 335 Ballet III (2 + Lab)
DANCE 435 Ballet IV (2 + Lab)
II. Lower Division Courses 30
DANCE 130 Modern/Contemporary I (4)
DANCE 135 Ballet I (4)
DANCE 180 Dance History I (2)
DANCE 270 Improvisation/Composition (4)
DANCE 280 Dance History I (2)
THTR 225 Lighting Design (3) THTR 145, 160
6 credits + lab required of Modern/Contemporary technique components (these credits can be satisfied by upper division courses)
6 credits + lab required of Ballet technique components (these credits can be satisfied by upper division courses)
4 credits + lab required of Modern/Contemporary OR Ballet technique components (these credits can be satisfied by upper division courses)
III. Upper Division Courses 19
DANCE 350 Dance Pedagogy (4)
DANCE 351 Anatomy and Kinesiology for Dance (4)
DANCE 380 Vernacular Forms of Dance (4)
DANCE 490 Senior Seminar (2)
TOTAL HOURS FOR THE BA IN DANCE
57

Recommended Plan of Study for Dance

Fall Semester Spring Semester
Freshman Year DANCE 130
DANCE 135
DANCE 180
DANCE 230
DANCE 235
Sophomore Year

DANCE 230
DANCE 235
DANCE 270


DANCE 230
DANCE 235
DANCE 351

Junior Year

DANCE 330 or DANCE 335
DANCE 350


DANCE 380

Senior Year

THTR 225


DANCE 280
DANCE 490

  • Must fit in 8 credits of elective courses and 8 credits of a language course.
  • Must fulfill all WCore requirements.
  • This plan is an example of levels of technique components that could be taken. Dance majors will vary in which level of technique courses they take each year, depending on their evaluations.

Dance Minor

Requirement Description for Dance Minor
Credit Hours Prerequisites
Technique Components
All Dance minors are required to take two Modern/Contemporary and Ballet courses within their 4 years at Westminster College (totaling 4 credits upon graduation). Students are placed into a course level after an evaluation occurring during Fall semester of Freshman year. All courses are repeatable for credit.
Modern/Contemporary – Lower Division
DANCE 230 Modern/Contemporary II (2+ Lab)
Modern/Contemporary – Upper Division
DANCE 330 Modern/Contemporary III (2 + Lab)
DANCE 430 Modern/Contemporary IV (2 + Lab)
Ballet – Lower Division
DANCE 235 Ballet II (2 + Lab)
Ballet – Upper Division
DANCE 335 Ballet III (2 + Lab)
DANCE 435 Ballet IV (2 + Lab)
II. Lower Division Courses
18
DANCE 130 Modern/Contemporary I (4)
DANCE 135 Ballet I (4)
DANCE 180 Dance History I (2)
DANCE 270 Improvisation/Composition (4)
4 credits + lab required of Modern/Contemporary OR Ballet technique components (these credits can be satisfied by upper division courses)
III. Upper Division Courses 12
DANCE 350 Dance Pedagogy (4)
DANCE 351 Anatomy and Kinesiology for Dance (4)
DANCE 380 Vernacular Forms of Dance (4)
TOTAL HOURS FOR DANCE MINOR 30
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