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An academic minor in Dance is available for students who have an interest in Dance and/or for students who want a concentration of study in dance to complement an affiliated performing arts program. The minor is designed to provide a broad foundation of creative and technical experience for the development of dance artists. Click here to view the requirements and courses for a minor in dance.


Creative Work
TR 115 Movement 2
TR 271 Principles of Acting 3
TR 227 Stage Makeup 2
DA 260 Basic Dance Choreography
Exploration of the choreographic processes. Focus on seed phrases to create solo material, introduction of musically derived choreographic forms, and work with compositional elements of space, time and energy.

Minors will select 8 hours from four of the five different technique areas offered: Jazz, Tap, Modern Dance, Ballet, and Dance and Culture.
DA 110 Basic Tap
Learn the basics of tap terminology and steps, and apply them to the art of performance.
DA 111 Jazz Technique I
Introduction to rhythmic awareness, movement coordination, and jazz styles through performance of dance combinations.
DA 211 Jazz Technique II
Intermediate study of jazz dance with emphasis on technique, flexibility, balance, control, and retaining long combinations in a variety of jazz styles.
DA 112 Modern Dance Technique I
Emphasis on flexibility, strength, and alignment practiced through standing and floor exercises. Movement improvisation explores qualities of motion.
DA 212 Modern Dance Technique II
Emphasis on release techniques, rhythmic precision, and spatial principles through extended combinations and movement improvisations.
DA 114 Ballet
Emphasizes discipline, coordination, and developing practical performing skills in classical ballet technique. Includes barre and floor combinations.
DA 214 Dance and Culture
This course examines theatrical forms of dance in historical and cultural contexts. Through readings, lecture, videotaped performance, and studio experiences, this course focuses on the conceptual components of dance while exploring various dance styles: folk and ethnic dances of Europe, Near and Far East, Africa, and the Americas as they relate to concert dance.


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