Minor in Dance

The dance minor offers students the opportunity to study a range of movement forms including jazzdance, salsa, African dance, hip-hop, tap dance, and ballet, and to investigate dance as a social, cultural, and historical document, which both reflects and impacts the culture that creates it. The dance minor requires coursework in the academic study of dance, the creative process, somatics, and applied coursework in specific movement genres.

Entrance Requirements

There are no required prerequisites to declare this minor. Please follow the regular declaration of minor procedure as outlined in the Registration Manual

What the Program Gives You

Upon completion of the dance minor, students will:

  • demonstrate a clear understanding of dance as an art form, including knowledge about dance techniques, various dance genres, dance production, and the choreographic process;
  • link the experiential knowledge gained through their work in applied classes with theoretical and historical knowledge;
  • analyze and discuss dance from both a theoretical and historical framework, contextualize what they see, and have language to describe and analyze choreography and performance;
  • demonstrate an understanding of the creative process within dance, informed by the study of dance improvisation, composition, and/or the collaborative process;
  • demonstrate an understanding of the human body in motion, informed by the study of alignment, muscular use, effort, and breath in both somatic and technique courses; and
  • demonstrate skill in any of the movement genres offered through the minor, including jazzdance, hip-hop, ballet, tap dance, salsa, and African dance.
Required Courses

Core Course (one course; 3 credits):

  • D-LT 1601: Introduction to Dance (3 credits)

Creative Process Elective: (choose one; 1 credit)

  • D-ST 1204: Dance Improvisation (1 credit)
  • D-ST 2205: Creative Process: Post-Modern Methods (1 credit)
  • D-ST 1409: Dance Composition (1 credit)

Somatics Elective (choose one; 1 credit)

Dance Genre Electives (choose five–seven classes; 5–7 credits): 

  • DANJ-P111: Beginning Jazzdance Technique (1 credit)
  • DANJ-P211: Intermediate Jazzdance Technique (1 credit)
  • DANA-P111: African Dance (1 credit)
  • DANH-P111: Beginning Hip-Hop Dance (1 credit)
  • DANH-P211: Intermediate Hip-Hop Dance (1 credit)
  • DANB- P111: Beginning Ballet Technique (1 credit)
  • DANB-P211: Intermediate Ballet Technique (1 credit)
  • DANS-P111: Beginning Salsa Dance (1 credit)
  • DANS-P211: Intermediate Salsa Dance (1 credit)
  • DANT-P111: Beginning Tap Dance (1 credit)