Department of Dance
Luke C. Kahlich, Chairperson
Philip Grosser, Undergraduate
The Department of Dance is a fully accredited member of the National Association of Schools of Dance.
GOALS AND OBJECTIVES
The Dance Department is committed to an artistic, academic, and social environment that reflects the belief in dance as a measure of society and a barometer of culture. Its guiding principle is the responsibility to a society composed of a variety of cultural groups and traditions as these are manifested in artistic expression, particularly dance.
The department's artistic, academic, and educational work is based upon the premise that the somatic dimensions of human endeavor are indivisible from and equal in importance to their intellectual and spiritual counterparts. Our work seeks to guide students toward a balance of cognitive/analytical and intuitive/creative skills.
The degree programs in dance aim to:
• Aid students in the development of their creative potential through choreography, performance and other creative expressions;
• Educate students about the various forms and premises of dance within their historical, social and cultural contexts;
• Train students in the mastery of modern dance techniques, represented by the full time faculty and selected guest teachers;
• Prepare students to function as performing artists, choreographers, teachers, researchers, scholars, and informed and responsible citizens in academic and non-academic settings.
The Department of Dance is housed in a triangular grid in three buildings on North Board Street. In Vivacqua Hall - 3rd floor houses the full-time faculty offices, Technical Director's office, secretarial complex, Department Admissions Office, Work Study Students, Graduate Teaching Assistants, Learning Resources Center, media lab and classrooms.
Conwell Dance Theater is located in Conwell Hall- 5th Floor and 6th Floor. It houses a black box theater with computer lighting, complete sound system and video and audio equipment.
Pearson Hall houses three studios, a rehearsal room, Pilates studio, Dance Medicine Clinic, faculty dressing room, equipment and costume storage, and classrooms. Pools and locker rooms are located in the basement.
AWARDS AND SCHOLARSHIPS
The Department of Dance offers a number of awards and scholarships. Scholarships are offered following successful entrance auditions and are based on potential for success in the dance curriculum. Scholarships are available both from the Fran Bowden Development Fund and the department.
Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance
The undergraduate program in designed to provide a sound preparation for students wishing to enter the dance profession in a variety of areas including performance, choreography, production, and teaching. It is also designed to serve as strong foundation for the continued study of dance in any of these areas or in related areas in the field. The B.F.A. is designed for the student’s personal development as well as the development of the technical skills demanded by the profession. Students are expected to extend their competency in the techniques as demanded of professional dancers. This includes expanding their understanding of choreography, performance, production, and other areas of knowledge in dance; and gaining meaningful experiences in related arts, sciences and humanities.
Acceptance into the Undergraduate Program
Students who have been admitted to the University are also required to successfully complete an audition to gain formal acceptance into the dance major program. Prospective and newly admitted students are strongly advised to make an appointment with the Dance Admissions Coordinator to discuss personal goals and the department’s program.
The audition consists of an introductory technique class taught, performance by the auditionee and an interview with the faculty. The dance faculty attempts to choose students with both the movement and intellectual potential to enter and complete the dance program and the general University Core. The faculty is concerned that potential student's goals and aspirations are supported by the department philosophy.
A student must pass the audition prior to final acceptance by the University and notification of admission as a matriculated student. The department will accept a student as a dance major only after the University admissions process has been completed.
Freshman and transfer students are formally advised by the Department of Dance Undergraduate Coordinator. Freshmen should make an appointment for early advising in the semester prior to entrance. All transfer students, internal or external, should contact the Undergraduate Coordinator before completing the transfer process.
The Undergraduate Curriculum
The undergraduate dance major
curriculum includes a maximum of 77 semester hours or required dance courses.
In addition, a maximum of 40 hours in the Core curriculum is required.
A minimum of 8 hours of electives are available inside or outside the
department. The dance minor consists of 21 semester hours of required courses.
Students must complete 125 semester hours to graduate.
Program Distribution of Dance Courses
The Curriculum is based on a sequence of dance experiences and additional groups of courses in nine areas of dance.
Experiences 12 s.h. required
Core Dance Techniques 30 s.h. required
Dance majors are required to take daily
technique classes at the appropriate level, throughout their course of study.
This must include a total of twenty-four hours of modern dance, including at
least one course each semester, and a minimum of six semester hours
of concentration in a second technique, which could include: ballet, jazz dance,
improvisation or African dance. In addition, students are required to take
one semester of African dance.
Composition 8 s.h. required
Performance 9 s.h. required
Cultural Perspectives 6 s.h. required
Systems of Movement
Analysis 3 s.h. required
Music 3 s.h.
Dance Production 4
Electives 2 s.h. required
NOTE: Students may elect extra technique classes in addition to those satisfying their modern and secondary concentrations.
NOTE: By permission of
instructor, undergraduates may also be eligible to enroll in a selection of
graduate level courses.