Undergraduate Minor in Dance
Dance Associate Director of Undergraduate Studies/Dance Advisor
The Dance Minor invites students to investigate movement as a simultaneously physical, creative, and intellectual study of dance in global contexts. The minor allows students to support their other academic studies by integrating physical learning, creativity, and research into their educational career. After students take foundational requirements, they can design their own pathway through the Dance Program's four interconnected pillars: Technique/Practice, Dance-Making/Composition, Dance Studies/Theory and History, and Performance and Design. Pre-designed pathways are also available options for students.
Course offerings include dance-making/choreography, Theorizing Dancing Bodies, Dance History, Music for Dance, performance & production, and technique training in Hip Hop/Urban Street Styles, American Jazz, African Diasporic Movement, Global Contemporary Dance, Tap, Ballet, among many others.
This minor integrates the Dance Program's values of movement as meaning-making, thoughtful creativity, and social justice practice.
Because the Dance Program curriculum has many sequential courses, auditions and placement requirements, prospective Dance Minors should meet with the Dance Program Advisor to develop a course plan that supports their learning goals and efficient progress towards graduation. Whether a student has years of dance experience or is completely new to formal dance training, the Dance Program has Dance courses designed to meet students at whatever level of dance exposure, background or engagement they are at and challenge them from that point in their academic career.
A student may earn a BA or BFA in Dance, or a Minor in Dance, but not both.