B.F.A. Dance Curriculum

Candidates must complete a minimum of 120 credits in course work, including satisfaction of the University General Education requirementsCollege degree requirements and a minimum of eighty-eight credits in dance courses (specified below). B.F.A students must comply with the following department policies – any student who does not meet these standards will be placed on Departmental probation and may be denied continuation in the program: the credits in specified Dance courses must be completed with grades of C minus or better; dance technique and choreography classes must be completed with a B plus or better; and a 3.0 cumulative g.p.a must be maintained. Students must be current in their plan of work and all Basic Competency courses must be completed prior to enrolling in the Capstone course.

All course work must be completed in accordance with the academic procedures of the University and the College of Fine, Performing and Communication Arts governing undergraduate scholarship  and  degrees, as well as with the requirements of the Maggie Allesee Department of Theatre and Dance.  

General Education Course Progress: Majors must complete the Basic Composition (BC) requirement by the time forty-five credits have been earned, and the Oral Communication (OC) and Intermediate Composition (IC) requirement by the time sixty credits have been earned. Failure to meet these limits on matriculation will result in the student being placed on departmental probation: the student will be ineligible to be cast in or participate as a member of the artistic/production staff of department productions. Transfer students will be reviewed upon entry into the major for compliance with these standards and advised as needed.

B.F.A. Major Requirements

Course List
Code Title Credits
Dance Studies  
DNC 0512 Pilates Equipment Lab (six semesters) 0
DNC 1300 Pilates Mat for Performing Artists 1
DNC 1305 Pilates Reformer for Dancers 1
DNC 1330 Production Practicum (two semesters) 2
DNC 2300 History of Dance to 1800 3
DNC 2310 History of Dance from 1800 to the Present 3
DNC 2311 Issues and Trends in Contemporary Dance 2
DNC 2410 Music and Dance Relationships 3
DNC 2500 Choreography I 2
DNC 3180 Dance Kinesiology 3
DNC 3190 Movement Analysis 3
DNC 3310 Dance Production 3
DNC 3500 Choreography II 2
DNC 5560 Choreography III 2
Select one of the following: 3

DNC 5810

Teaching Creative Dance for Children  

DNC 3810

Dance Pedagogy  

DNC 4810

Dance Teaching Methods  
DNC 5993 Writing Intensive Course in Dance 0
Performance  
DNC 2010 Contemporary Dance II: Part I 2
DNC 2020 Contemporary Dance II: Part II 2
DNC 2460 Dance Improvisation 2
DNC 2600 African Dance II 2
DNC 3010 Contemporary Dance III 2
DNC 4010 Contemporary Dance IV (four semesters. Max. 16) 8
Select eight semesters at two credits per semester with at least two semesters of 4200 from the following: 16

DNC 1220

Fundamentals of Classic Ballet II (Max. 8)  

DNC 3200

Ballet III (Max. 16)  

DNC 3220

Ballet Pointe Technique  

DNC 4200

Ballet IV (Max. 16)  
Select six credits of the following: 6

DNC 5000

Performance Tour  

DNC 5610

Dance Company I  

DNC 5800

Repertory  
Capstone  
DNC 5996 Senior Capstone Research 3
General Education Requirements  
DNC 2000 Introduction to World Dance 3
DNC 2400 Introduction to African Dance 3
Cognate Requirements  
Select two of the following: 6-7

AH 1110

Survey of Art History: Ancient through Medieval  

or AH 1120

Survey of Art History: Renaissance through Modern

COM 1600

Introduction to Audio-Television-Film Production  

MUH 1340

Music Appreciation: World Music  

MUH 1370

Music Appreciation: Beginnings to the Present  

THR 1010

Introduction to the Theatre  
Total Credits 88-89

 

Performance Opportunities

There are three performance ensembles: the W.S.U. Dance Company One, Dance Workshop, and To Sangana African Dance Company composed of skilled dance students who must qualify for membership through auditions. They present concerts, lecture/demonstrations, and performances on campus and in the community, choreographed by visiting artists, faculty, and talented students. Students must have a minimum 2.5 overall g.p.a. to participate in a performance ensemble.

Dance Honors Program (B.S. and B.F.A. degrees)

In order to enter the departmental honors program students must have achieved academic excellence in previous work, such as a high school g.p.a. of 3.5 or a college or university g.p.a. of 3.3. Students must meet all regular major requirements including the following: three honors-option courses within their major taught by full-time faculty members (internships cannot satisfy this requirement), at least one 4000-level seminar offered through the Liberal Arts Honors Program, a senior honors thesis under the direction of a faculty advisor in their major area (DNC 5997) and maintain a minimum g.p.a. of 3.3 cumulative and in the major.

Dance Honors Curriculum (15 credits required)

Course List
Code Title Credits
Select the Honors Option in three of the following: 9-10

DNC 2000

Introduction to World Dance  

DNC 2300

History of Dance to 1800  

DNC 2310

History of Dance from 1800 to the Present  

DNC 3180

Dance Kinesiology  

DNC 3310

Dance Production  

DNC 3810

Dance Pedagogy  

DNC 4810

Dance Teaching Methods  

DNC 5810

Teaching Creative Dance for Children  
DNC 5997 Departmental Honors Thesis 3
HON 42xx - 4200 Level Seminar 3
Total Credits 15-16

Student must maintain an overall 3.3 g.p.a.

For additional information, students should consult the Irvin D. Reid Honors College

Dance Teaching Majors (B.F.A. and B.S. Programs)

Professional Education Sequence: The additional following courses are required for a K-12 teaching major in dance, K-12 certification, and a major in dance, secondary certification for both the B.F.A. and the B.S. degrees:

Course List
Code Title Credits
DNC 3190 Movement Analysis 3
DNC 3810 Dance Pedagogy 3
DNC 4410 Student Teaching and Seminar I 5
DNC 4420 Student Teaching and Seminar II 5
DNC 4810 Dance Teaching Methods 3
DNC 4820 Assisting in Dance 1
DNC 4910 Dance in Community 3
DNC 5810 Teaching Creative Dance for Children 3
DNC 5830 Field Work in Creative Dance 2-8
EDP 5480 Adolescent Psychology 3
LFA 2330 First Aid and CPR 3
or HE 3300 Health of the School Child
RLL 6121 Teaching Reading in the Content Areas: Grades 6-12 3
Total Credits 37-43

Post-Degree Studies in Dance

Students who have completed a dance major at another University program may be able to add Teacher Certification by completing the Dance Education Major requirements. Students must apply to the College of Education and to the Dance Department.

All course work must be completed in accordance with the academic procedures of the University and the College of Fine, Performing and Communication Arts governing undergraduate scholarship  and  degrees, as well as with the requirements of the Maggie Allesee Department of Theatre and Dance.