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Curriculum

The Dance major helps students develop in several areas: technical proficiency, historical and cultural perspectives, personal artistry, and production skills. The program also provides students with an understanding of how dance fits into a larger, global context. Students in the major learn the behind-the-scenes process of putting a show together and get the opportunity (in choreography and dance composition courses) to develop their unique voices as artists. The dance major prepares graduates for careers in dance performance, choreography, and dance education, as well as advanced study in graduate programs.

Learning Outcomes

The successful dance graduate is expected to:

  1. Exhibit proficiency in various dance techniques and styles;
  2. Identify and evaluate historical, cultural and stylistic forms of dance;
  3. Demonstrate personal artistry in the creation of dance performances;
  4. Explain the movement of the body in relation to dance.

Curriculum Requirements

General Education Requirements (30 credits)

Students are required to complete 30 credit hours as part of the General Education Program.

Dance Major Requirements (50 credits)

DANC 2101 - Dance Laboratory I (1 credit)

Participation in one or more of NSU's dance productions. Pass/fail only.

DANC 2102 - Dance Laboratory II (1 credit)

Participation in one more of NSU's dance productions. Pass/fail only. Prerequisite: DANC 2101. 

DANC 2103 - Dance Laboratory III (1 credit)

Participation in one or more of NSU's dance productions. Pass/fail only. Prerequisite: DANC 2102. 

DANC 2104 - Dance Laboratory IV (1 credit)

Participation in one ore more of NSU's dance productions. Pass/fail only. Prerequisite: DANC 2103. 

DANC 2201 - Ballet II (3 credits)

A performance-based course designed to develop a deeper understanding of ballet as a technique and an art form. This class will focus on technical skills and movement principles related to ballet. Students will continue to build a strong technical foundation in ballet at the intermediate/advanced level and increase knowledge of ballet terminology and history. Prerequisites: DANC 1200 or permission of department chair.

DANC 2400 - Jazz Dance II (3 credits)

An intermediate performance-based course designed to expand upon Jazz Dance I and the understanding of jazz dance as a technique and an art form. Prerequisites: DANC 1400 and permission of department chair. 

DANC 2600 - Modern Dance II (3 credits)

An intermediate performance-based course designed to expand upon Modern Dance I and the understanding of modern dance as a technique and an art form. Prerequisites: DANC 1600 and permission of department chair.

DANC 3100 - Dance Improvisation (3 credits)

A performance-based course that provides a variety of methods and resources for generating improvised movement material. Class will culminate in the creation of an improvised score for performance. Prerequisite: Any DANC, MUSC or THEA course.

DANC 3200 - Dance History (3 credits)

A theory-based course designed to introduce students to the development of Western concert dance with particular focus on ballet and modern. The course examines the historical origins and social context of ballet and modern dance, by highlighting significant choreographers, performers, artistic periods and aesthetics for each genre from the 15th century to the present. Prerequisite: COMP 2000, COMP 2010 or COMP 2020 or COMP 2000H.

DANC 3500 - Global Dance Perspectives (3 credits)

A theory-based course designed to introduce students to various dance forms from around the world. This course will focus on social, ritual, folk and concert dance forms and will examine the social context, cultural/aesthetic values and significant historical events that helped shape them. In addition, the course will explore the power of dance to build community, promote change and preserve tradition. Prerequisite: One DANC course and COMP 2000 or COMP 2000H or COMP 2010 or COMP 2020.

DANC 3550 - World Dance (3 credits)

A performance-based course aimed at developing the understanding of a specific World Dance style as a technique and an art form. Prerequisite: Any DANC course.

DANC 3600 - Modern Dance III (3 credits)

An advanced performance-based course designed to further develop an understanding of modern dance as a technique and an art form. Prerequisite: DANC 2600.

DANC 3700 - Solo Dance Composition (3 credits)

A performance-based course that provides a variety of methods and resources for generating innovative movement ideas. Students will work on dance compositional elements such as time, space and energy and will discover new ways to communicate ideas through movement. Students will develop solo studies as an initial approach to structure choreography. Prerequisite: DANC 2600 or DANC 3100. 

DANC 3900 - Advanced Studio Techniques (3 credits)

An advanced level course designed to further develop technical and performance skills in a particular dance genre. Prerequisites: DANC 2200, DANC 2400 or DANC 3600.

DANC 4000 - Dance Composition (3 credits)

A performance-based course that provides a variety of methods and resources for generating movement ideas. Students will work on basic dance compositional elements such as time, space and energy and will discover new ways to communicate ideas through movement. Prerequisite: DANC 2200 or DANC 2400 or DANC 2600 or DANC 3100. 

DANC 4300 - Dance Choreography (3 credits)

A performance-based course designed to develop choreographic ability. In this course, students create and direct an original dance that is performed at the end of the semester. Students participate in regular workshops where they exchange feedback on their choreographed dances. Prerequisite: DANC 4000.

DANC 4950 - Internship in Dance (3 credits)

Focused dance or dance related study with a professional dance company, nationally recognized dance festival, choreographer or dance-presenting organization. Prerequisites: Cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher, completion of 60 or more credit hours, and written consent from the department chair.

THEA 2060 - Technical Theatre (3 credits)

A laboratory approach to technical theatre with focus on backstage operations, crew assignments, and practical application in actual productions.

THEA 4930 - Senior Seminar (1 credit)

Seminar style course designed to synthesize coursework and performing experience with preparation for a professional career or graduate study in the performing arts. Course topics will include formulation of artistic philosophy, the business of the performing arts, professional development, interview/audition skills, and culminate in a final capstone performance or project. Prerequisites: Completion of at least 90 credit hours and permission of the department chair. 

Select 3 credits from the following courses:

ARTS 2600 - Introduction to Arts Administration (3 credits)

This course introduces basic principles, theories, concepts, processes and practices relating to organizations in the arts industry. Emphasis will be placed on the structure of the arts industry, leadership in the arts industry, staffing, volunteerism, fundraising, and intellectual property. Prerequisite: COMP 1500 or COMP 1500H.

THEA 3050 - Costuming and Makeup (3 credits)

Study of sewing, fabrics, patterns and practical application of costume construction techniques; materials and techniques for stage makeup with emphasis on practical application for theatrical production. Prerequisite: COMP 2000, COMP 2010, or COMP 2020 or COMP 2000H.

THEA 3500 - Stage and Production Management (3 credits)

An in-depth look at the management aspects of the theatre. The course will focus on the individual roles of stage manager and production manager and how these roles are applied in performing arts events. Prerequisites: one THEA course; and COMP 1500 or COMP 1500H.

The Bachelor of Arts degree requires at least 24 credits of coursework from the following disciplines: ARTS, DANC, FILM, HIST, HUMN, LITR, MUSC, PHIL, and THEA, as well as an intermediate degree of competency in a foreign language (generally, a minimum of 6 credits or another demonstration of competency).

The academic program and curriculum requirements listed on this page are from the NSU Undergraduate Student Catalog. Students are bound by policies and curricula published in the catalog in effect the semester they enter the university, unless an agreement is made with appropriate NSU administration officials allowing them to abide by policies published in a later catalog.

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