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  Academic Programs / Music & Dance

Dance Major

Kariamu Welsh, Chairperson


Kun-Yang Lin, Acting Undergraduate Coordinator
1700 N. Broad St., Suite 303A
215-204-5168
kunyangl@temple.edu
www.temple.edu/boyer/dance

 

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 123 semester hours of credit and completion of the required Dance and university 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 José Limón Dance Company.

Summary of Requirements for the Dance Major

University Requirements

All students are required to complete a set of university requirements: General Education (GenEd) or Core.

  • New freshmen starting in the 2009-2010 academic year are required to complete the GenEd curriculum.
  • New transfer students starting in the 2009-2010 academic year are required to complete the Core curriculum.

All Temple students must take a minimum of two writing-intensive courses as part of the major. See below for a list of the specific courses that are required for dance majors.

 

College Requirements for the Dance Major

Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
Dance 1801 Freshman Seminar in Dance 3  
Dance 1819 Dance Production 1  
Dance 2796 Dance Modernism 3 WI
Dance 2896 Dance Post-Modernism 3 WI
Dance 2904 Dance in Human Society-Honors 3  
Dance 3812 Creative Process in Dance 3  
Dance 3851 Lighting Design for Dance 3  
Dance 3876 Rhythmic Analysis 3  
Dance 4831 Introduction to Laban Movement Analysis 3  
Dance 4896 Senior Seminar 3 WI
Subtotal     28  

 

Dance - Required Techniques**

Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
Dance 1814 Graham-based Technique 2  
Dance 1815 Elements of Modern Dance I 2  
Dance 2815 Intermediate Modern Dance I 2  
Dance 2816 Intermediate Modern Dance II 3  
Dance 3817 Advanced Modern Dance I 2  
Dance 3818 Advanced Modern Dance II 3  
Dance 4819 Advanced Modern Dance III 3  
Dance 1832 Classical Ballet II 2  
Dance 2832 Classical Ballet III 2  
Dance 3832 Classical Ballet IV 2  
Dance 1804 Jazz Dance I 2  
Dance 4842 Jazz Dance II 2  
Dance 4843 Jazz Dance III 2  
Dance 2853 African Dance I 1-3  
Dance 3853 African Dance 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 Project 3  
Subtotal     17  

 

Required University General Education (for new Freshmen)

Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
English 0802, 0812 or 0902 Analytical Reading & Writing 4 GW
IH 0851 or 0951 Mosaic: Humanities Seminar I 3 GY
IH 0852 or 0952 Mosaic: Humanities Seminar II 3 GZ
GenEd 08xx or 09xx Quantitative Literacy 4 GQ
GenEd 08xx or 09xx Race & Diversity 3 GD
GenEd 08xx or 09xx U.S. Society 3 GU
GenEd 08xx or 09xx World Society 3 GG
GenEd 08xx or 09xx Human Behavior 3 GB
GenEd 08xx or 09xx Science & Technology I 3 GS
GenEd 08xx or 09xx Science & Technology II 3 GS
Subtotal     32  

 

Dance and Other Electives***

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

*See your dance advisor.

*** 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.

 

Bachelor of Fine Arts: Dance - Suggested Semester-by-Semester Plan

Freshman Year - 1st Semester
Department Course # Course Name Hours
RCI
Dance 1801 Freshman Seminar in Dance 3  
Dance 1813 Freshmen Repertory 3  
Dance 1814 Graham-Based Technique 2  
Dance 1815 Elements of Modern Dance I 2  
Dance 1819 Dance Production 1  
Dance 1832 Classical Ballet II 2  
English 0802, 0812 or 0902 Analytical Reading & Writing 4 GW
Subtotal     17  
         
Freshman Year - 2nd Semester
Department Course # Course Name Hours
RCI
Dance 1811 Movement Improvisation 2  
Dance 1814 Graham-Based Technique 2  
Dance 1815 Elements of Modern Dance I 2  
Dance 1832 Classical Ballet II 2  
GenEd 08xx or 09xx Quantitative Literacy 4 GQ
IH 0851 or 0951 Mosaic: Humanities Seminar I 3 GY
Subtotal     15  
         
Sophomore Year - 1st Semester
Department Course # Course Name Hours
RCI
Dance 1815 Elements of Modern Dance I 2  
Dance 2796 Dance Modernism 3 WI
Dance 2813 Dance Composition I 2  
Dance 2815 Intermediate Modern Dance I 2  
Dance 2853 African Dance I 2  
Dance 2803 or 2904 Dance in Human Society 3  
IH 0852 or 0952 Mosaic: Humanities Seminar II 3 GZ
Subtotal     17  
         
Sophomore Year - 2nd Semester
Department Course # Course Name Hours
RCI
Dance 2814 Dance Composition II 2  
Dance 2815 Intermediate Modern Dance I 2  
Dance 2816 Intermediate Modern Dance II 3  
Dance 2896 Dance Post-Modernism 3 WI
Dance   Elective 2  
GenEd 08xx or 09xx Science & Technology I 3 GS
Subtotal     15  
         
Junior Year - 1st Semester
Department Course # Course Name Hours
RCI
Dance 1816 Rhythmic Analysis 3  
Dance 2815 Intermediate Modern Dance I 2  
Dance 3815 Dance Composition III 2  
Dance 3817 Advanced Modern Dance I 2  
GenEd 08xx or 09xx U.S. Society 3 GU
GenEd 08xx or 09xx Science & Technology II 3 GS
Subtotal     15  
         
Junior Year - 2nd Semester
Department Course # Course Name Hours
RCI
Dance 2815 Intermediate Modern Dance I 2  
Dance 3812 Creative Process in Dance 3  
Dance 3818 Advanced Modern Dance II 3  
Dance 3851 Lighting Design for Dance 3  
Dance   Elective 2  
GenEd 08xx or 09xx World Society 3 GG
Subtotal     16  
         
Senior Year - 1st Semester
Department Course # Course Name Hours
RCI
Dance 3818 Advanced Modern Dance II 3  
Dance 4831 Introduction to Laban Movement Analysis 3  
Dance 4874 Dance Repertory 3  
Dance 4896 Senior Seminar 3 WI
GenEd 08xx or 09xx Human Behavior 3 GB
Subtotal     15  
         
Senior Year - 2nd Semester
Department Course # Course Name Hours
RCI
Dance 3818 Advanced Modern Dance II 3  
Dance 4884 Senior Choreographic Project 3  
Dance   Elective 2  
Dance   Elective 2  
GenEd 08xx or 09xx Race & Diversity 3 GD
Subtotal     13  
         
DEGREE TOTAL     123  

  • 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 the university-wide Academic Policies section in this Bulletin.
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