The Dance Minor is designed to train dancers in the areas of performance, choreography, and teaching. These domains of dance creative practice are seen as mutually dependent and interactive. Choosing a Dance Minor allows students to explore and refine their interests in the field through curricular and co-curricular experiences in these three areas. Fundamental to the training of the dancer is the cultivation of artistry, technique, as well as the ability to articulate this knowledge through movement and writing. The Dance Minor Program welcomes students from across campus who are interested in incorporating embodied learning within their college experience as a complement to their major field of study.
The Dance Minor Curriculum includes classes for academic credit in:
- Classical Indian Dance
- Dance Composition
- Dance in Culture and Society
- Dance History
- Dance Portfolio
- Dance Practicum Courses (performance, choreography, crew)
- Dances of West Africa
- Introduction to Teaching Dance
- Jazz Dance
- Modern Dance
- Tap Dance
Dance students participate in Dancescape, the annual departmental dance concert featuring original works by students, faculty, alumni, and guest artists presented in Decker Theatre. Students gain mentorship and earn academic credit for their work in Dancescape through Dance Practicum courses in the areas of performance, choreography, and production. Students also have the opportunity to perform and present their choreography in galleries, studios, and site-specific venues throughout the campus and community.
Working collaboratively with artistic and academic disciplines across campus allows dance students to forge interdisciplinary connections and deepen their dance knowledge. Examples include collaborative partnerships and projects with Theatre, Music, Visual Art, and the Starr Center for the Study of American Experience.