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Dance Minor

The Dance minor provides students with both technical dance skills and general knowledge of dance as an art form. Through studio practice in technique and creative-based classes, students gain a foundation in dance training and an appreciation for dance as an art form. Core courses provide the student with an increased understanding of the development of dance in a larger global context. This minor can be combined with any major and minor except the Dance major.

Dance Minor Learning Outcomes

A successful dance minor is expected to:

  1. Identify historical and cultural forms of dance;
  2. Demonstrate knowledge of dance concepts through performance;
  3. Evaluate dance as an art form.

Dance Minor Requirements (18 credits)

Students must complete 18 credits from the following courses, 9 credits of which must be at the 3000/4000 level.

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. 

Select 12 credits from the following courses:

DANC 1200 - Ballet I (3 credits)

A beginning performance-based course designed to develop an understanding of ballet as a technique and an art form. This class will also focus on basic anatomy and movement principles related to ballet. Students will be introduced to a ballet vocabulary and will build a strong technical foundation as preparation for more advanced ballet work.

DANC 1400 - Jazz Dance I (3 credits)

A beginning performance-based course designed to develop an understanding of jazz dance as a technique and an art form. This class will also focus on basic anatomy and movement principles related to jazz dance. Students will be introduced to a jazz dance vocabulary and will build a strong technical foundation as preparation for more advanced jazz dance work. 

DANC 1500 - Contemporary Dance Techniques (3 credits)

A performance-oriented course designed to introduce students to contemporary techniques in modern, jazz, hip-hop, and folk styles.

DANC 1600 - Modern Dance I (3 credits)

A beginning performance-based course designed to develop an understanding of modern dance as a technique and an art form. This class will also focus on basic anatomy and movement principles related to modern dance. Students will be introduced to a modern dance vocabulary and will build a strong technical foundation as preparation for more advanced modern dance work.

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

DANC 2104 - Dance Laboratory IV (1 credit)

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

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 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 3900 - Advanced Studio Technique (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.

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.

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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