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Dance Major

Dr. Kariamu Welsh

Department Chairperson

kariamu@temple.edu

Jillian Harris

Undergraduate Program Coordinator

jhdan2@temple.edu


www.temple.edu/boyer/dance

 

The Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance emphasizes modern dance technique, performance, choreography, and education. The program provides a two-year foundation for all undergraduate dance majors that supports the development of skill, strength and stamina. The two-year foundation program will be followed by two years of specialized study, during which students focus on either Performance & Choreography or Dance Education. Third and fourth year students in the Performance & Choreography focus will experience intensive training and will have an opportunity to audition for a student dance company that will prepare them to enter professional dance companies, create a company, or pursue an individual career in choreography. Third and fourth year students in the Dance Education focus will continue dance training and will experience intensive coursework in education and pedagogy, including opportunities to observe and work with dance teachers, that prepares them to teach in a variety of settings.

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.
  • 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 124 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 new students starting in the 2010-2011 academic year and beyond are required to complete the university's General Education (GenEd) 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.

 

Theory - Required Courses

Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
Dance 1801 First-Year Seminar in Dance 1  
Dance 1819 Dance Production 1  
Dance 1841 Music for Dancers 3  
Dance 1851 Global Dance Traditions 2  
Dance 2796 Dance Modernism in America: 1890s-1950s 3 WI
Dance 2896 Dance Post-Modernism in America: 1950s-Present 3 WI
Dance 3812 Creative Process in Dance 3  
Dance 3851 Lighting Design for Dance 3  
Dance 4831 Introduction to Laban Movement Analysis 3  
Dance 4896 Senior Seminar 3 WI
Subtotal     25  

 

Technique Courses

Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
Dance 1815 Modern Dance Technique I A 2  
Dance 1817 Modern Dance Technique I B 2  
Dance 2815 Modern Dance Technique II A 2  
Dance 2817 Modern Dance Technique II B 2  
Dance 3817 Modern Dance Technique III A 2  
Dance 3818 Modern Dance Technique III B 2  
Dance 4815 Modern Dance Technique IV A 2  
Dance 4817 Modern Dance Technique IV B 2  
Dance 1831 Ballet Technique I A 2  
Dance 1832 Ballet Technique I B 2  
Dance 2831 Ballet Technique II A 2  
Dance 2832 Ballet Technique II B 2  
Dance 3832 Ballet Technique III B 2  
Dance 4832 Ballet Technique IV A 2  
Dance 1804 Jazz Dance I 2  
Dance 4842 Jazz Dance II 2  
Dance 4843 Jazz Dance III 2  
Dance 2853 African Dance I 2  
Dance 3853 African Dance II 2  
Subtotal 38  

 

Note on Required Dance Techniques:  First year dance majors are required to take four modern technique courses and two ballet technique courses.  Second year dance majors are required to take four modern technique courses.  Third and fourth year dance majors determine their technique requirements based upon their selected focus.  As a result of the different requirements for each focus, the minimum required hours is not a mathematical total of the courses listed above.

 

Choreography, Performance & Repertory Courses

Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
Dance 1811 Movement Improvisation I 2  
Dance 1813 Dance Repertory I 2  
Dance 2813 Dance Composition I 2  
Dance 2814 Dance Composition II 2  
Dance 3812 Creative Process 3  
Dance 3813 Dance Repertory II 3  
Dance 4811 African Dance Repertory 3  
Dance 4874 Dance Repertory III (by audition only) 3  
Dance 4884 Senior Choreographic Project 3  

 

University General Education - Required Courses

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

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 below or dance academic courses.

Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
Dance 1807 Hatha Yoga I 2  
Dance 3811 Field Experience in Dance 1-8  
Dance 3882 Independent Study in Dance 1-4  
Dance 4871 Movement Improvisation II 2  
Dance 4875 Contact Improvisation 2  
Subtotal 8-18  

 

Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Dance - Suggested Semester-by-Semester Plan

 

Dance Foundation - Year One & Year Two

Freshman Year - 1st Semester
Department Course # Course Name Hours
RCI
Dance 1801 First-Year Seminar in Dance 1  
Dance 1811 Movement Improvisation I 2  
Dance 1815 Modern Dance Technique I A 2  
Dance 1817 Modern Dance Technique I B 2  
Dance 1819 Dance Production * 1  
Dance 1831 Ballet Technique I A 2  
Dance 1841 Music for Dancers * 3  
English 0802, 0812 or 0902 Analytical Reading & Writing 4 GW
Subtotal     17  
         
Freshman Year - 2nd Semester
Department Course # Course Name Hours
RCI
Dance 1813 Dance Repertory I * 2  
Dance 1815 Modern Dance Technique I A 2  
Dance 1817 Modern Dance Technique I B 2  
Dance 1832 Ballet Technique I B 2  
Dance 1851 Global Dance Traditions * 2  
GenEd 08xx or 09xx Quantitative Literacy 4 GQ
IH 0851 or 0951 Mosaic: Humanities Seminar I 3 GY
Subtotal     17  
         
Sophomore Year - 1st Semester
Department Course # Course Name Hours
RCI
Dance 2813 Dance Composition I 2  
Dance 2815 Modern Dance Technique II A 2  
Dance 2817 Modern Dance Technique II B 2  
Dance 2831 Ballet Technique II A 2  
Dance 2853 African Dance I 2  
Dance 3851 Lighting Design for Dance * 3  
IH 0852 or 0952 Mosaic: Humanities Seminar II 3 GZ
Subtotal     16  
         
Sophomore Year - 2nd Semester
Department Course # Course Name Hours
RCI
Dance 2814 Dance Composition II 2  
Dance 2815 Modern Dance Technique II A 2  
Dance 2817 Modern Dance Technique II B 2  
Dance 2832 Ballet Technique II B 2  
Dance 2872 Foundations of Dance Education * 3  
Dance 3813
  or
4811
Dance Repertory II
     or
African Dance Repertory
3  
GenEd 08xx or 09xx Race & Diversity 3 GD
Subtotal     17  

* These courses are offered in both the Fall and Spring semesters.

Performance & Choreography Focus - Year Three & Year Four

Junior Year - 1st Semester
Department Course # Course Name Hours
RCI
Dance 2796 Dance Modernism 3 WI
Dance 3817 Modern Dance Technique III A 2  
Dance 3818 Modern Dance Technique III B 2  
Dance 4831 Introduction to Laban Movement Analysis 3  
Dance 4861 Dance Science & Somatics 3  
GenEd 08xx Human Behavior 3 GB
Subtotal     16  
         
Junior Year - 2nd Semester
Department Course # Course Name Hours
RCI
Dance 2896 Dance Post-Modernism 3 WI
Dance 3812 Creative Process 3  
Dance 3817 Modern Dance Technique III A 2  
Dance 3818 Modern Dance Technique III B 2  
Dance 4874 Dance Repertory III **
     or

Alternate Elective
3  
GenEd 08xx World Society 3 GG
Subtotal     16  
         
Senior Year - 1st Semester
Department Course # Course Name Hours
RCI
Dance 4884 Senior Choreographic Project * 3  
Dance 4815 Modern Dance Technique IV A 2  
Dance 4817 Modern Dance Technique IV B
     or
Dance Technique Elective
2  
Dance xxxx Elective 2  
GenEd 08xx Science & Technology I 3 GS
Subtotal     12  
         
Senior Year - 2nd Semester
Department Course # Course Name Hours
RCI
Dance 4896 Senior Seminar * 3 WI
Dance 4815 Modern Dance Technique IV A 2  
Dance 4817 Modern Dance Technique IV B
     or
Dance Technique Elective
2  
GenEd 08xx U.S. Society 3 GU
GenEd 08xx Science & Technology II 3 GS
Subtotal     13  
         
Degree Total     124  

* These courses are offered in both the Fall and Spring semesters.

** Enrollment in Dance 4874: Dance Repertory III is by audition only.

Dance Education Focus - Year Three & Year Four

Junior Year - 1st Semester
Department Course # Course Name Hours
RCI
Dance 2796 Dance Modernism 3 WI
Dance 3817 Modern Dance Technique III A 2  
Dance 3818 Modern Dance Technique III B
     or
Dance Technique Elective
2  
Dance 4861 Dance Science & Somatics 3  
Dance 4831 Introduction to Laban Movement Analysis 3  
GenEd 08xx Human Behavior 3 GB
Subtotal     16  
         
Junior Year - 2nd Semester
Department Course # Course Name Hours
RCI
Dance 2896 Dance Post-Modernism 3 WI
Dance 3812 Creative Process 3  
Dance 3817 Modern Dance Technique III A 2  
Dance 3818 Modern Dance Technique III B
     or
Dance Technique Elective
2  
Dance 3871 Dance and The Child 3  
GenEd 08xx World Society 3 GG
Subtotal     16  
         
Senior Year - 1st Semester
Department Course # Course Name Hours
RCI
Dance 3811 Fieldwork Experience 2  
Dance 3818 Modern Dance Technique III B
     or
Dance Technique Elective
2  
Dance xxxx Elective 2  
GenEd 08xx U.S. Society 3 GU
GenEd 08xx Science & Technology I 3 GS
Subtotal     12  
         
Senior Year - 2nd Semester
Department Course # Course Name Hours
RCI
Dance 3818 Modern Dance Technique III B
     or
Dance Technique Elective
2  
Dance 4864 Dance Education Project 3  
Dance 4896 Senior Seminar 3 WI
Dance xxxx Elective 2  
GenEd 08xx Science & Technology II 3 GS
Subtotal     13  
         
Degree Total     124  

  • 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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