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Department of Dance (DCE)
School of Health and Human Performance

323 Health and Human Performance Building
(336) 334-5570
www.uncg.edu/dce

Community Dance Concentration | Concentration in Dance | Dance as Second Major | Dance Courses (DCE) | Dance Ed. Major (BS), with Teacher Licensure in Special Subject-Area | Dance Major (BA) | Dance Major (BFA) | Dance Minor


Faculty
Sue Stinson, Professor and Head of Department
Professor Gamble; Associate Professor Van Dyke; Assistant Professors Dils, Green, McCullough, Santos; Lecturers Fore, Vulpi

Dance Major
Degree: Bachelor of Arts

Required: 122 semester hours, to include at least 36 hours at or above the 300 course level
AOS Code: U406

The Dance major (BA) is designed to provide students with a general education in dance. Majors in Dance (BA) are required to complete the following program. All majors in Dance or Dance Education must earn a "C-" or better in all dance courses that are required for their major.

All-University Liberal Education Requirements (AULER) (45 semester hours)

All students in this program must complete AULER requirements. Areas with specific requirements for this major are indicated below. See a detailed listing of the complete AULER area requirements and courses meeting those requirements.

AULER Area/Required Courses Sem Hrs

Fine Arts (FA) 3
Required: any FA course other than Dance
Reasoning and Discourse (RD) 6
Required: ENG 101 or FMS 101 or RCO 101, and one other RD course
AULER Electives (EL) 6
Required DCE 201 and 202

Major Requirements

A. Required Dance courses (in addition to DCE 201, 202)

  1. DCE 100, 3 sh
  2. Theory and practice of dance, 9 sh
    At least 2 sh from DCE 112, 212, 312, 324, 412, 424; at least 2 sh from DCE 114, 214, 314, 414; at least one sh from DCE 312, 314, 316, or 332
    Remaining credits may be chosen from any of the above or DCE 216, 231, 232, 233, 332, 316
  3. DCE 217, 1 sh
  4. DCE 251, 2 sh
  5. DCE 340, 3 sh
  6. DCE 255 and 355, 2 sh

B. Dance Electives

10 semester hours of advisor-approved Dance courses at the 300-500 level. Students must file a Program of Study form in the Dance Department, signed by the BA Advisor, for approval of these courses.

Electives

Sufficient electives to complete the 122 total semester hours required for the degree.

 

Dance Major
Degree: Bachelor of Fine Arts

Required: 128 semester hours, to include at least 36 hours at or above the 300 course level

AOS Code: U401

The Dance major (BFA) is planned to provide experiences in dance as an art form with emphasis on creative and performance activities. Coursework in modern dance, ballet technique, choreography, and performance are central in the curriculum, providing a basis for graduate study and for careers related to dance.

Admission to Program

Admission to the program is by application only. Students applying for the BFA degree should have an overall GPA of 2.5 or higher with at least a B (3.0) average in all DCE courses. Admission to the BFA degree program is conditional upon faculty evaluation, approval, and acceptance, generally done at the end of the student's sophomore year. Continuance in the degree program is subject to faculty evaluation and approval.

All majors in Dance or Dance Education must earn a "C-" or better in all dance courses that are required for their major.

All-University Liberal Education Requirements (AULER) (45 semester hours)

All students in this program must complete AULER requirements. Areas with specific requirements for this major are indicated below. See a detailed listing of the complete AULER area requirements and courses meeting those requirements.

AULER Area/Required Courses Sem Hrs

Fine Arts (FA) 3
Required: any FA course other than DCE
Reasoning and Discourse (RD) 6
Required: ENG 101 or FMS 101 or RCO 101, and one other RD course
AULER Electives (EL) 6
Required: DCE 201 and 202

Major Requirements

77 semester hours in dance (in addition to DCE 201, 202):

  1. Twenty-four semester hours of dance technique and theory in modern dance (16 s.h.) and ballet (6 s.h.) and jazz or ethnic (2 s.h.) selected from: DCE 112, 114, 212, 214, 216, 231, 232, 233, 312, 314, 316, 324, 332, 412, 414, 424.
  2. Grade of B or higher in DCE 251, 351, and 551
  3. Grade of B+ or higher in one semester of DCE 412 or 424.
  4. DCE 100, 217, 251, 340, 341, 351, 417, 455, 470, 551; 345 and 346, or 446.
  5. Eight semester hours in dance performance selected from DCE 240, 250, 343, 443. At least 2 hours must be from DCE 343 or 443. At least 2 more hours must be from 243, 343, or 443.
  6. Four semester hours in dance production, DCE 255 twice and DCE 355 twice.
  7. Dance electives sufficient to complete 77 semester hours in dance.

Electives

Electives sufficient to complete 128 total semester hours required for degree.

 

Dance Education Major
with Teacher Licensure in Special Subject-Area

Degree: Bachelor of Science

Required: 128 semester hours, to include at least 36 hours at or above the 300 course level

AOS Code: U403

The Dance Education major (BS) is planned to develop an understanding of dance as an art form and as creative arts education. In addition to core courses in dance technique, choreography, performance, history, and scientific foundations, dance education students also study the teaching/learning process in dance. Extensive observation, participation, and laboratory experiences with a variety of age groups are included. The Dance Education major is designed to lead to North Carolina licensure for teaching in public schools.

All majors in Dance or Dance Education must earn a "C-" or better in all dance courses that are required for their major.

Dance Education majors are required to complete the following program:

  1. AULER Requirements 45 hours
  2. Major Requirements 64 hours
  3. Teacher Licensure Requirements 11 hours
  4. Electives 8 hours

Total Semester Hours 128 hours

Specific course requirements for the B.S. degree with a major in Dance Education are detailed in the following sections.

Requirements

I. All-University Liberal Education Requirements (AULER) (45 semester hours)

All students in this program must complete AULER requirements. Areas with specific requirements for this major are indicated below. See the complete AULER area requirements and courses meeting those requirements.

AULER Area/Required Courses/Sem Hrs

Fine Arts (FA) 3
Required: any FA course other than DCE
Reasoning and Discourse (RD) 6
Required: ENG 101 or FMS 101 or RCO 101,and one other RD course
Social and Behavioral Sciences (SB) 6
Required: PSY 121, and one other SB course
AULER Electives (EL) 6
Required: DCE 201 and 202
Total AULER Requirements 45 hrs

II. Major Requirements (64 semester hours) in addition to DCE 201 and 202

  1. Grade of B or higher in DCE 312, 324, 412, or 424
  2. Dance Technique and Theory, as follows:
    Modern Dance: select from 112, 212, 312, 324, 412, 424
    Ballet: select from 114, 214, 314, 414
    Jazz: select from 216, 316
    Ethnic: 233 plus two different forms of 231
  3. Improvision and Choreography: DCE 217, 251, 351, 417
  4. Dance Performance: select from DCE 243, 250, 343, or 443
  5. Dance Production: DCE 255 twice and DCE 355 twice
  6. Other Dance: DCE 100, 340 and 341, plus DCE elective(s)
  7. Dance Education: DCE 345, 346, 446, 447, 448C, 461, 462, and 463

Total Major Requirements 64

III. Teacher Licensure Requirements (11 semester hours)

Completion of University Teacher Education requirements (see Teacher Education Programs).

NOTE: The licensure requirement for PSY 121, General Psychology, is met under the AULER requirements.

  1. ELC 381 The Institution of Education 3
  2. CUI 450 Psychological Foundations of Education 3
  3. CUI 470 Reading Education 2
  4. HEA 201 or 310 or 338, or NFS 213 3
  5. LIS/CUI 120 1

Total Licensure Requirements 12

IV. Electives

Electives sufficient to complete 128 total semester hours required for degree.

Dance As A Second Major

Students desiring to take Dance as a second major should follow the degree requirements for the BA degree in Dance.

Dance Minor

AOS Code: U406

Required: minimum 18 semester hours

A Dance minor is available for students not wishing to specialize but who have an interest in dance and want a concentration of study in the area to complement an affiliated program of study. Students wishing the minor program must register with the head of the Dance Department. Coursework is individualized, with selections to be made in each of the following areas:

Technique: Ballet: select from DCE 113, 114, 214, 314, 414; Modern: select from DCE 111, 112, 212, 312, 324, 412, 424; Jazz: select from DCE 116, 216, 316; Other: DCE 231, 232, 233, 332

Creative Work: Improvisation, Choreography, Repertory, Performance, Creative Synthesis: select from DCE 100, 217, 250, 251, 343, 417

Historical/Cultural Aspects: Dance Appreciation, Dance History: select from DCE 200, 201, 202, 323, 523

Additional courses may be selected from other DCE offerings.

The minor includes a minimum of 18 hours, with at least 3 but no more than 9 in any one of the above areas. Additional coursework may be chosen from any of the preceding areas or from any other DCE courses to total 18 hours.

Students seeking endorsement in dance from the State Department of Public Instruction will have additional course requirements and must consult the Department of Dance.

Community Dance Concentration

AOS Code: U428

Required: minimum 18 semester hours

The Community Dance Concentration is designed for dance majors who wish to work as dance artists responding to the needs of particular communities, such as physically challenged individuals, pregnant adolescents, prison inmates, recent immigrants, or senior adults.

This concentration is available to all Dance majors (BFA, BS, or BA) who wish to work as artists in a community dance setting.

Students must meet all requirements for a BA, BFA, or BS in Dance in addition to the following requirements.

Requirements (18 hours)

  1. HHP 110
  2. DCE 216 or 316, 232 or 332, 345, 346, 351, 446, 447, 448D, and 555

Grant Writing Skills

Must demonstrate competency in grant writing which may be met through taking DCE 455.

Additional Requirements

  • must achieve a B or higher in DCE 312, 324, 412 or 424
  • must register in the Dance Department in the Community Dance concentration

Concentration in Dance

Required: minimum of 24 semester hours

AOS Code: 406

A 24-hour cohesive course of study for students majoring in education who need a second major or concentration in a basic academic discipline.

Work must be taken in each of the following four areas:

  1. Historical/Cultural Content: 6 hours to be selected from: DCE 200, 201, 202, 323, 522, 523
  2. Dance Technique: 8 hours, with at least 4 hours of credit higher than DCE 111 (modern), 113 (ballet), and 116 (jazz), including at least 1 hour in modern dance at the 212 level or higher.
  3. Creative Study and Performance: 4 hours, including DCE 100 (3 hrs) and DCE 217 (1 hr).
  4. Other: DCE 345 and 446

For further information on program details, contact the Dance Department (334-5570).

 

Dance Courses (DCE)

For Undergraduates

100 Introduction to Dance (3:3).

AULER/CLER: FA/CFA

Orientation to the art of dance and the principles governing it. Presentation of materials and experiences related to a realistic concept of the roles of dance in society. (FA,SP)

111 Beginning Modern Dance (1:0:3).

  • May be repeated for credit.

Introduction to the movement techniques of modern dance, with emphasis on aesthetic and expressive qualities. (FA,SP)

112 Advanced Beginning Modern Dance (1:0:3).

Pr. placement by audition or Departmental recommendation.

  • May be repeated for credit.

Introduction to modern dance technique, including development of technical skills, rhythmic perception, and spatial awareness with emphasis on aesthetic and expressive qualities. (FA,SP)

113 Beginning Ballet (1:0:3).

  • May be repeated for credit.

Introduction to basic ballet techniques. (FA,SP)

114 Advanced Beginning Ballet (1:0:3).

Pr. placement by audition or Departmental recommendation.

  • May be repeated for credit.

Introduction to ballet technique, including directions of the body, alignment, function and access of turnout, and use of the French ballet lexicon, with emphasis on safe and efficient body use. (FA,SP)

116 Beginning Jazz Dance (1:0:3).

  • May be repeated for credit.

Introduction to the style, technique, and rhythmic structures of jazz dance with emphasis on increasing movement capabilities and personal expression. (FA,SP)

200 Dance Appreciation (3:3).

AULER/CLER: FA/CFA

Dance as an art form: historical and aesthetic perspectives, basic dance elements, and the relationship to other arts. Lectures, films, demonstrations, and practical dance experience. (FA,SP)

201 History of Dance I (3:3).

AULER/CLER: FA/CFA

Study of the history and philosophy of dance in selected geographical locations through the nineteenth century. (FA)

202 History of Dance II (3:3).

AULER/CLER: FA/CFA

Study of the history and philosophy of dance in selected geographical locations in the twentieth century. (SP)

212 Intermediate Modern Dance (1:0:3).

Pr. placement by audition or Departmental recommendation.

  • May be repeated for credit.

Development of technical skills in modern dance, including increased movement capabilities, rhythmic accuracy, and spatial relationships, with emphasis on aesthetic and expressive goals. (FA,SP)

214 Intermediate Ballet (1:0:3).

Pr. placement by audition or Departmental recommendation.

  • May be repeated for credit.

Development of technical skills in ballet, including safe and efficient alignment and clear articulation of movement vocabulary, with emphasis on increased vocabulary and musicality. (FA,SP)

216 Intermediate Jazz Dance (1:0:3).

Pr. 116 or permission of instructor.

  • May be repeated for credit.

Continuation of 116. (FA,SP)

217 Exploration and Improvisation in Dance (1:0:3).

Guided exploration in the elements of dance for the creative development of personal movement repertoire, spontaneous group interaction, and choreographic skills. (FA,SP)

231 Ethnic Dance (1:0:3).

Pr. two semesters of dance technique or permission of instructor.

  • May be repeated for credit.

Folk, ethnic and social dances from Europe, Asia and the Pacific, Africa, and the Americas as they relate to concert dance. (FA,SP) (Formerly DCE 215A)

232 Beginning African Dance (1:0:3).

Pr. two semesters of dance technique or permission of instructor.

  • May be repeated for credit.

Introduction to history and vocabulary of West African dance, emphasizing performance techniques as well as the central role dance plays in the sociospiritual life of African people. (FA,SP) (Formerly DCE 215B)

233 Tap Dance (1:0:3).

  • Sections will be designated in semester course schedule
  • May be repeated for credit.

Theory and technique of American Tap Dance forms with emphasis on basic listening, rhythmic and coordination skills and audition strategies. (FA,SP) (Formerly DCE 215C)

243 Beginning Dance Repertory (1:0:3).

Pr. or Coreq. 212 or higher.

  • May be repeated for credit.

Development of performance skills for low intermediate dancers through rehearsals and performances of a significant dance work choreographed by dance faculty or approved dance artists in the field. (FA,SP)

250 Dance Performance Practicum (1:0:3).

Pr. open by audition or invitation.

  • May be repeated for credit.
  • Grade: Pass/Not Pass (P/NP)

Extensive rehearsal culminating in performance of choreography created by students or other approved non-faculty choreographers. (FA,SP)

251 Choreography I: Craft (2:1:2).

Pr. 217.

Study of the elements of time, space, and design as they are artistically significant in dance. (FA)

255 Dance Production Practicum I (1:0:3).

  • May be repeated for credit.

Supervised experience in introductory level technical production work supporting dance performances. (FA,SP)

312 High Intermediate Modern Dance (1:0:3).

Pr. placement by audition or Departmental recommendation.

  • May be repeated for credit.

Further development of technical skills in modern dance, including increasing complexity of movement capabilities, rhythmic structures, and spatial designs, with emphasis on aesthetic and expressive goals. (FA,SP)

314 High Intermediate Ballet (1:0:3).

Pr. placement by audition or Departmental recommendation.

  • May be repeated for credit.

Further development of technical skills in ballet, including dynamic alignment, body/mind connection, and proprioception, with emphasis on self expression through the ballet aesthetic. (FA,SP)

316 Advanced Jazz Dance (1:0:3).

Pr. 216 or permission of instructor.

  • May be repeated for credit.

Continuation of 216 for further development of skill, style, and understanding of the jazz form of dance.

323 The Arts as Human Experience (3:3).

AULER/CLER: FA/CFA

An examination of the meaning of the arts experience, including its historical and personal significance. Includes reading and related work in art, dance, drama, and music. (Same as ART 323, BCT 323, MUS 323)

324 Contemporary Dance: Theory and Upper-Intermediate Level Technique (2:1:3.5).

Pr. placement by audition or Departmental recommendation.

  • May be repeated for credit.

Theory and practice of intermediate level modern dance technique and its relationship to the artistic and professional field. (FA,SP)

332 Intermediate African Dance (1:0:3).

Pr. grade of B or better in 2 semesters of 232 or permission of instructor.

  • May be repeated for credit.

Advanced study of complex rhythms of African dance. The class will connect traditional songs, dances and music with the culture and use those elements in choreography. (SP) (Formerly DCE 315)

340 The Body and Motion in Dance (3:2:2).

Study of the body and movement as relevant to dance and applied to dance technique. Care of the dance instrument through overview of nutrition, prevention and care of injuries. Taught with a movement lab.

341 Music for Dance (2:1:2).

Study of the relationship of sound and movement, accompaniment and dance, accompaniment/composer and teacher/choreographer, and a practical application of these understandings. (Alt FA)

343 Intermediate Dance Repertory (1:0:3).

Pr. or Coreq. 312 or higher.

  • May be repeated for credit.

Development of performance skills for intermediate dancers through rehearsals and performances of a significant dance work choreographed by dance faculty or approved dance artists in the field. (FA,SP)

345 Dance Education in Elementary Schools (2:4 for 10 1/2 weeks).

Observation/participation of dance education with elementary schools, as well as some special education students of varying ages, with reflection on the nature of dance and its educational significance.

346 Dance Education for Middle and High School (1:4 for 5 1/2 weeks).

Pr. 345.

Observation/participation of dance education in high school and with special populations, as the basis for examining the nature of dance, its personal/social significance, and the teaching/learning process. (FA)

349 Movement for the Stage (2:1:2).

Pr. BCT 251 or permission of instructor..

Examination and application of theories of movement and metakinetic process. Emphasis on development of movement roles within various styles of theatre.

351 Choreography II: Process (2:1:2).

Pr. 251.

Study of and experience in various approaches to the choreographic process as related to artistic concepts and to the philosophy of art as espoused by various traditional and contemporary dance artists and as developed by the individual student. (SP)

355 Dance Production Practicum II (1:0:3).

Pr. 1 credit of 255.

  • May be repeated for credit.

Supervised experience in advanced level technical production work supporting dance performances. (FA,SP)

412 Advanced Modern Dance (1:0:3).

Pr. placement by audition or Departmental recommendation.

  • May be repeated for credit.

Technical skills in modern dance at the advanced level, including complex movement capabilities, rhythmic structures, and spatial designs, with emphasis on aesthetic and expressive goals. (FA,SP)

414 Advanced Ballet (1:0:3).

Pr. placement by audition or Departmental recommendation.

  • May be repeated for credit.

Mastery of kinesthetic, expressive, and aesthetic principles of contemporary ballet at an advanced/professional level. (FA,SP)

417 Contact Improvisation (1:0:3).

Pr. 217 or permission of instructor.

  • May be repeated for credit.

Development of improvisational performance skills for advanced dancers through a thorough study of Contact Improvisation. (FA)

424 Contemporary Dance: Theory and Advanced Level Technique (2:1:3.5).

Pr. placement by audition or Departmental recommendation.

  • May be repeated for credit.

Theory and practice of advanced level modern dance technique and its relationship to the artistic and professional field. (FA,SP)

443 Advanced Dance Repertory (1:0:3).

Pr. 312 or higher and permission of instructor.

  • By audition or by invitation of the instructor
  • May be repeated for credit.

Development of performance skills for advanced dancers through rehearsals and performances of a significant dance work choreographed by dance faculty or approved dance artists in the field. (FA,SP)

446 Perspectives on Dance Education (3:3).

Theoretical foundations in dance education and their implications for curriculum and teaching. (SP)

447 Pedagogy in Dance Education (2:2).

Pr. 345, 346, and 446.

  • For dance majors only.

Consideration of methodological issues related to teaching dance in public school and community settings. (FA)

448 Field Experience in Dance Education (2:0:8).

Pr. 345, 346, 446
Pr. or Coreq. 447

  • For dance majors only:
    448C: restricted to students admitted to Teacher Education
    448D: restricted to students in the community dance concentration.

Development of teaching skills in dance in public school and community settings. (FA/SP)

452 Dance Touring Practicum (6:0:18).

Pr. enrollment by audition only.

Practical experience in performing as a member of a touring dance company giving concerts in a variety of locations including public schools.

455 Career Management for the Dance Artist (2:3).

Pr. dance major or permission of instructor.

  • May not be taken for credit by students who have taken DCE 450.

Overview of the professional dance world. Coursework involves viewing videos of today's touring companies and learning basic skills in auditioning, applying for jobs, grant writing, and organizing promotional materials. (Alt SP)

461, 462 Student Teaching in Dance Education (4), (5).

Pr. admission by application only.

  • Grade: Pass/Not Pass (P/NP).

Supervised student teaching experience in dance education. Full-time teaching in a school setting.

463 Seminar in Dance Education (3:3).

Pr. all dance education major requirements.

Summary and evaluation of student teaching experience, designed to serve as a guide in coordination of interpretations, philosophy, and understanding in dance education. (SP)

470 Creative Synthesis in Dance (3:3).

Pr. B in 551 or permission of instructor.

Culminating choreographic experience for BFA in Dance majors. Full development and production of a significant choreographed work presented in concert. (SP).

475 Independent Study (1 to 3).

Pr. demonstrated competency for independent work and permission of academic advisor and instructor.

Intensive work in area of special interest in dance. Available to exceptionally qualified students on recommendation of academic advisor and instructor. (FA,SP)

476 Selected Topics in Dance (1 to 3).

Pr. permission of instructor.

  • May be repeated twice for credit.

Current topics and issues in dance as art, education, or therapy for students with sufficient preparation for intensive study of identified area.

493 Honors Work (3-6).

See prerequisites under Honors Program.

  • May be repeated for credit if the topic of study changes.

 

For Advanced Undergraduates and Graduate Students

523 Dance of the Twentieth Century (3:3).

Pr. 202 or equivalent.

Development and trends of various types of dance; their relationship to older social forms and cultures, to developments in other arts today, and to present-day social pattern.

550 Creative Process: Dance Perspective (3:3).

Pr. advanced standing in an arts program or permission of instructor.

Exploration and examination of issues related to creativity and the creative process in dance and related arts. Includes experiential and theoretical modes of encounter. (FA)

551 Choreography III: Group Forms (3:2:2).

Pr. 251 and 351 or equivalent.

Study of and experience in developing choreographic materials for long dances for different size groups with emphasis on the exploration of formal values and their integration with artistic intention. (FA)

555 Dance Production Technology (3:2:2).

Pr. 355, or admission to graduate study in dance, or permission of instructor.

Theory and practice in technical production areas of dance performance. Topics include lighting, sound, video, costumes, scenery, and production management. Laboratory work with University dance concerts. (Alt Yrs) (Formerly DCE 350)

560 The Dancer's Body (3:3).

Pr. two semesters of dance technique and equivalent of 340, or permission of instructor.

Exploration of selected approaches to body awareness, integration, release, and their implications for dance technique and performance.

Please refer to The Graduate School Bulletin for additional graduate level courses.

 
 
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