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Dance Description

Kariamu Welsh, Chairperson


Philip Grosser, Undergraduate Coordinator
1700 N. Broad St., Suite 309
215-204-1942
pgrosser@temple.edu
www.temple.edu/boyer/dance

 

Bachelor of Fine Arts: Dance

Freshman Year - 1st Semester
Department Course # Course Name Hours
RCI
Dance 1801 Movement, Sources and Concepts 3  
Dance 1813 Freshmen Repertory 3  
Dance 1819 Dance Production 1  
Dance 1815 Modern Dance Technique IIa 2  
Dance 1832 Ballet Technique 2  
English 1002 College Composition 3 CO 
Math 1011 College Mathematics 3 QA
Subtotal     17  
         
Freshman Year - 2nd Semester
Department Course # Course Name Hours
RCI
Dance 1811 Movement Improvisation 2  
Dance 1815 Modern Dance Technique IIa 2  
Dance 2815 Modern Dance Technique II 2  
Dance 1832 Ballet Technique 2  
Dance Elective Technique Elective 2-3  
Math 1012 College Mathematics 3 QB
IH 1196 Intellectual Heritage A 3 IA
Subtotal     16-17  
         
Sophomore Year - 1st Semester
Department Course # Course Name Hours
RCI
Dance 2813 Dance Composition I 2  
Dance 2796 Dance Modernism 3 WI
Dance 1815 Modern Dance Technique IIa 2  
Dance varies Modern Dance Technique II 2  
IH 1297 Intellectual Heritage B 3 IB
CORE Elective Science A 4 SA
Subtotal     16-17  
         
Sophomore Year - 2nd Semester
Department Course # Course Name Hours
RCI
Dance 2814 Dance Composition II 2  
Dance 2896 Dance Post-Modernism 3 WI
Dance 2815 Modern Dance Technique III 2  
Dance Varies Modern Dance Technique III 3  
Dance Elective Technique Elective 2  
CORE Elective Science B 3 SB
CORE Elective American Culture 3 AC
Subtotal     18  
         
Junior Year - 1st Semester
Department Course # Course Name Hours
RCI
Dance 3815 Dance Composition 2  
Dance 1816 Rhythmic Analysis 3  
Dance 2815 Modern Dance Technique III 2  
Dance Elective Technique Elective 2-4  
CORE Elective Arts Core 3 AR
CORE Elective Individual and Society 3 IN
Subtotal     15-17  
         
Junior Year - 2nd Semester
Department Course # Course Name Hours
RCI
Dance 3812 Creative Process 3  
Dance 3815 Lighting Design for Dance 2  
Dance 3817 Modern Dance Technique 3  
Dance Elective Technique Elective 2  
CORE Elective International Studies 3 IS
CORE Elective Race Studies 3 RS
Subtotal     16  
         
Senior Year - 1st Semester
Department Course # Course Name Hours
RCI
Dance 4896 Senior Seminar 3 WI
Dance 4831 Laban Movement Analysis 3  
Dance 2904 Dance in Human Society 3 IS
Dance Varies Modern Dance Technique 2-3  
Dance Elective Technique Elective 2-6  
Subtotal     13-18  
         
Senior Year - 2nd Semester
Department Course # Course Name Hours
RCI
Dance 4884 Senior Concert 3  
Dance 2853 African Dance 3  
Dance 4874  Dance Repertory 3  
Dance varies Modern Dance Technique Level IV 2-3  
Dance Elective Dance Electives 2-4  
Subtotal     10-16  
         
DEGREE TOTAL     125-129  

  • The total number of credit hours may be greater for some students based on initial placement exams, transfer evaluations, individual curricular choices, and academic progress.
  • Certain courses fulfill multiple requirements. In consultation with an academic advisor, students will be able to plan their curriculum more effectively.
  • Students must fulfill the necessary prerequisites for any given course or course sequence. See the Prerequisite and Co-Requisite Policy in University-wide Academic Policies in the Bulletin.

The Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance emphasizes modern dance technique, performance, and choreography.  The program provides a sound preparation for students wishing to pursue further training or embark on a professional career.  Within the curriculum, students may elect courses that prepare them for work and/or further study in the fields of physical therapy, dance/movement therapy, dance production, education, and arts management.  The B.F.A. provides students with the opportunity to master a range of dance techniques, choreography, production, and theory, and to study other arts, sciences, and humanities.

The degree program in dance aims to:

  • Guide students toward a balance of cognitive, analytic, intuitive, and creative skills;
  • Aid students in development of their creative potential through technique, choreography, performance, research, and other creative media;
  • Educate students about the various forms and purposes of dance within their historical, social, and cultural contexts;
  • Provide intensive training in a range of dance techniques and styles as represented by the faculty and selected guest artists; and,
  • Prepare students for professional careers as performing artists, choreographers, teachers, scholars, and informed and responsible leaders in academic and other professional settings.

The Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Dance is conferred upon a student by recommendation of the faculty and upon the satisfactory completion of a minimum of 125 semester hours of credit and completion of the required Dance and University Core requirements.

Dance Resources: The Dance Department, with its three studios, rehearsal room, Pilates and Dance Medicine Clinic, black-box theater, video library, and assorted classrooms, embraces a broad array of activities. The Philadelphia Dance Collection at Temple University (PDCAT) provides access to the dance legacy of the region through a permanent collection of multi-format archival resources related to the history of Philadelphia dance.

Special Opportunities: The Conwell Dance Theater season provides many opportunities for students to perform and choreograph.  A typical season features two student concerts, two Master of Fine Arts thesis concerts, two Bachelor of Fine Arts senior concerts, a faculty dance concert, and an alumni concert.  Added to this are performances by guest artists, repertory showings, and informal student choreography performances.  Recent guest artists have included Donna Uchizono; Sean Curren; Cornelius Carter; Ruth Andrien, former soloist with the Paul Taylor Dance Company; and Nina Watt, member of the Jose Limon Dance Company.

Requirements for the Dance Major

 

Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
Dance 1801 Movement, Sources and Concepts 3  
Dance 3876 Rhythmic Analysis 3  
Dance 2904 Dance in Human Society-Honors 3 IS
Dance 4831 Introduction to Laban Movement Analysis 3  
Dance 1819 Dance Production 1  
Dance 3851 Lighting Design for Dance 3  
Dance 3812 Creative Process in Dance 3  
Dance 2796 Dance Modernism 3 WI
Dance 2896 Dance Post-modernism 3 WI
Dance 4896 Senior Seminar 3 WI*
Subtotal     28  
*Indicates Writing Capstone for major

Dance - Required Techniques**

Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
Dance 1814 Modern Dance Level II A 2  
Dance 1815 Modern Dance Level II 2  
Dance 2815 Modern Dance Level III 2  
Dance 2816 Modern Dance Level III 3  
Dance 3817 Modern Dance Level IV 2  
Dance 3818 Modern Dance Level IV 3  
Dance 4819 Modern Dance Level V 3  
Dance 1832 Classical Ballet Level II 2  
Dance 2832 Classical Ballet Level III 2  
Dance 3832 Classical Ballet Level IV 2  
Dance 1804 Jazz Dance Level I 2  
Dance 4842 Jazz Dance Level II 2  
Dance 4843 Jazz Dance Level III 2  
Dance 2853 African Dance Level I 1-3  
Dance 3853 African Dance Level II 1-3  
Subtotal (Minimum Required Hours)**
36-42
 

**Note on Required Dance Techniques:  Freshman dance majors are required to take four modern technique courses and two ballet technique courses.  Sophomore dance majors are required to take four modern technique courses.  Junior and senior dance majors must be in technique class four days a week and are required to register for at least one modern dance course each semester.  In addition, students are required to choose a minimum total of 6 credits in a second technique, which could include: ballet, jazz, improvisation, or African dance. Students are also required to take one semester of African technique.  Because of these multiple requirements, the minimum required hours is not a mathematical total of the courses listed above it.

 

Performance and Choreography Required Courses

Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
Dance 1811 Movement Improvisation I 2  
Dance 2813 Dance Composition I 2  
Dance 2814 Dance Composition II 2  
Dance 3815 Dance Composition III 2  
Dance 1813 Freshman Repertory 3  
Dance

Dance
4874

4811
Dance Repertory
     or
African Dance Repertory
3

3
 
Dance 4884 Senior Choreographic Projects 3  
Subtotal     17  

Required University Core

Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
English 1002 College Composition 3 CO
IH 1196 Intellectual Heritage I 3 IA
IH 1297 Intellectual Heritage II 3 IB
CORE Elective Quantitative Reasoning, Level I 3 QA
CORE Elective Quantitative Reasoning, Level II 3 QB
CORE Elective American Culture 3 AC
CORE Elective Arts  (Cannot take Dance 2801: Entry to Dance as Art
or Dance 2802: Pathways in American Dance)
3 AR
CORE Elective Individual and Society 3 IN
CORE Elective Studies in Race 3 RS
CORE Elective Science and Technology, Level I 4 SA
CORE Elective Science and Technology, Level II (Dance 4861: Dance Science and Somatics is recommended*) 3 SB
CORE Elective Two International Studies Courses (Dance 2904: Dance in Human Society satisfies IS requirement, Non Western) 6 IS
Subtotal     40  

*See your dance advisor.

Dance and Other Electives***

Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
Dance 1807 Hatha Yoga I 2  
Dance 4871 Movement Improvisation II 2  
Dance 2805 Dance, Movement and Pluralism 3 RS
Dance 3811 Field Experience in Dance 1-8  
Dance 3882 Independent Study in Dance 1-4  
Dance 4875 Contact Improvisation 2  
Dance 4861 Dance Science and Somatics* 3 SB
Subtotal (Dance and/or Other Discipline -- Minimum Required Hours) 13  

*** Dance or Other Electives:  Remaining credits can be used for electives within the Dance Department or for courses in other academic areas.  Within the department, students can take dance technique courses listed above or dance academic courses.

*See your dance advisor.

 

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