Dance




Programs

The Dance Program offers degree options for students individual physical needs, educational goals and career aspirations.

The Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree in Dance offers students the ability to broaden the scope of their dance education beyond performance and technique.  For those students interested in continuing their dance training on a less intense course, we offer the Dance Minor. 

          Dance Major                                                                                           Dance Minor

 

B.A., Bachelor of Arts Degree

The B.A. in Dance offers students extensive training to develop and refine techniques in various idioms of dance.  Students develop their abilities through a wide range of courses combining practical and theoretical skills that emphasize critical thought and independence.  The department encourages collaboration across disciplines and provides opportunities to explore innovative areas in dance history, theory, dance & technology, choreography, pedagogy, anatomy and physiology, and production.  We highlight performance opportunities with world-renowned guest-artists, maintain currency in the dance community at large, and graduate informed members of the dance community.  Class sizes are small and offer each student individual attention from dance faculty.

 

In addition to University-wide requirements for all degree-seeking students, the following courses are required for a major/minor in dance:

Major (B.A. in Dance) Requirements: (47 hrs)
Ballet Technique - DAN 241/441- (8 hours)
Modern Technique - DAN 251/451- (8 hours)
Jazz Technique - DAN 281 - (2 hours)
Performance Ensembles - DAN 179/150 - (4 hours)
Dance History - DAN 345 - (3 hours)
Music for Dance - DAN 279 - (2 hours)
Improvisation and Choreography - DAN 311 - (3 hours)
Dance Costuming - DAN 380 Sec. 3 - (3 hours)
Senior Project - DAN 495 - (3 hours)
Dance Electives - (11 hours)

Dance Minor Requirements: (23 hrs)
Ballet Technique - DAN 241/441- (4 hours)
Modern Technique - DAN 251/451- (4 hours)
Jazz Technique - DAN 281 - (2 hours)
Dance History - DAN 345 - (3 hours)
Dance Electives - (10 hours)

Dance Electives can consist of any Dance (DAN) courses that do not count toward one of your major or minor requirements in Dance. This may include:;
- additional hrs of Ballet, Modern, and Jazz Technique (DAN 241/441, 251/451, 281/481)
- additional hrs of Dance Ensemble (DAN 179)
- Pointe or Men's Technique (DAN 262 or 271)
- Ballet Partnering (DAN 231)
- Introduction to Dance (DAN 200 - also counts as Gen. Ed. requirement)
- Stage Movement (DAN 170)
- additional hrs of Dance Ensemble (DAN 179)
and any other Dance (DAN) courses offered which are not required by the major or minor.

For a list of Dance courses offered, refer to the GVSU catalog.

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