Bachelor of Arts in Dance

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Total Semester Credit Hours Required

120 semester credit hours.

Major

60 semester credit hours.

Related Studies

18 semester credit hours.

The Bachelor of Arts degree in Dance is designed to provide the undergraduate dance major with a comprehensive liberal arts-based curriculum integrating dance studies with a broad foundation in the humanities and the other arts, as well as in the biological, physical and social sciences. The goal of the program is to prepare students for dance careers in a variety of artistic and educational settings.

Required Dance Major Courses

Dance/Movement Practices (26 semester credit hours)

Students are placed in modern and ballet through an entrance placement exam and technique exams each semester. The student must achieve the intermediate/ advanced levels in modern dance and intermediate ballet. If a student is placed in the upper levels, she or he still must complete the required number of technique credits. The ballet/modern technique requirement is fulfilled by meeting the minimum competency level and presenting the required number of credits. Except where indicated in the teacher certification program, each dance major must register for at least one contemporary modern dance practice course each semester, one ballet dance practice for four semesters and one Urban and Global Dance Practice for three semesters and one Summer Dance Workshop.

Students may substitute approved summer workshops for up to two technique credits. Each summer workshop will be counted as one credit of technique. If more than one workshop is submitted, one must be taken at TWU (See Handbook). Summer Dance Workshops cannot be used to satisfy the technique competency requirement.

Somatic Practices (8 Semester credit hours)

DNCE 1091Dance Physical Conditioning/Body Work1
DNCE 1171Bartenieff Fundamentals of Movement1
DNCE 2183Introduction to Movement Analysis and Description3
DNCE 3193Experiential Anatomy for Dancers3
Total Semester Credit Hours8

Technique Practice (18 semester credit hours)

Modern Dance Practice (based on placement audition)8
Elementary Modern Dance I
Elementary Modern Dance II
Intermediate Modern Dance I
Intermediate Modern Dance II
Intermediate/Advanced Modern Dance I
Intermediate/Advanced Modern Dance II
Advanced Modern Dance I
Advanced Modern Dance II
Ballet Practice (based on placement audition)4
Elementary Ballet I
Elementary Ballet II
Intermediate Ballet I
Intermediate Ballet II
Intermediate/Advanced Ballet I
Intermediate/Advanced Ballet II
Urban & Global Dance Practice3
Beginning Urban and Global Dance Practices
Urban and Global Dance Practices
Summer Dance Intensive3
Summer Dance Intensive
Total Semester Credit Hours18

Dancemaking (16 semester credit hours)

Choreography Courses7
Improvisation
Dance Composition
Choreographic Designs
Concert Choreography
Performance Courses9
Beginning Dance Performance (taken two times)
Intermediate Dance Performance (taken two times)
Advanced Dance Performance (taken two times)
Dance Production
Total Semester Credit Hours16

Dance Theory (18 semester credit hours)

Dance and Identity9
Dance and Globalization
History of Dance
Contemporary Trends and Issues in Choreography and Performance
Pedagogical Communities9
Theories of Teaching Dance Technique
Dance and Public Practice
Children's Dance
Total Semester Credit Hours18

Related Studies (18 semester credit hours)

The related studies courses are comprised of a coherent set of courses representing one or more areas of study. This set of courses should be related to the dance discipline or the student’s personal, professional and/or career interests. The courses submitted to meet the Related Studies requirement will be determined in consultation with the advisor and will meet the following criteria:

  1. 18 semester credit hours must be submitted to meet the Related Studies requirement.
  2. The definition of a “cohesive set of courses” will be determined in consultation with the student’s advisor.
  3. No more than 6 dance elective hours may be presented.
  4. At least 6 semester credit hours presented for the Related Studies requirement must be advanced hours (3000 or 4000 level).

Bachelor of Arts in Dance Program of Study

First Year
FallSemester Credit Hours
DNCE 1091Dance Physical Conditioning/Body Work1
DNCE 1101Beginning Dance Performance1
DNCE 1111Elementary Ballet I1
DNCE 1151Elementary Modern Dance I1
DNCE 1191Improvisation1
ENG 1013Composition I3
HIST 1013History of the United States, 1492-18653
UNIV 1231Learning Frameworks: The First Year Experience1
Mathematics Core3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Spring
DNCE 1101Beginning Dance Performance1
DNCE 1121Elementary Ballet II1
DNCE 1161Elementary Modern Dance II1
DNCE 1171Bartenieff Fundamentals of Movement1
DNCE 2202Dance Composition2
ENG 1023Composition II3
HIST 1023History of the United States, 1865 to the Present3
Language, Philosophy, & Culture Core3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Second Year
Fall
DNCE 2101Intermediate Dance Performance1
DNCE 2111Intermediate Ballet I1
DNCE 2151Intermediate Modern Dance I1
DNCE 2171Beginning Urban and Global Dance Practices1
DNCE 2183Introduction to Movement Analysis and Description3
DNCE 3292Choreographic Designs2
GOV 2013U.S. National Government3
Life/Physical Science Core3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Spring
DNCE 2101Intermediate Dance Performance1
DNCE 2121Intermediate Ballet II1
DNCE 2143 (GP)Dance and Globalization3
DNCE 2161Intermediate Modern Dance II1
DNCE 3191Urban and Global Dance Practices1
WS 2013Gender and Social Change: An Introduction to Multicultural-Women's Studies3
GOV 2023Texas Government3
Life/Physical Science Core3
 Semester Credit Hours16
Third Year
Fall
DNCE 3101Advanced Dance Performance1
DNCE 3151Intermediate/Advanced Modern Dance I1
DNCE 3193Experiential Anatomy for Dancers3
DNCE 3393History of Dance3
Creative Arts Core3
Wellness CAO Core2
Related Studies3
 Semester Credit Hours16
Spring
DNCE 3161Intermediate/Advanced Modern Dance II1
DNCE 3191Urban and Global Dance Practices1
DNCE 3813Theories of Teaching Dance Technique3
DNCE 4393Contemporary Trends and Issues in Choreography and Performance3
Related Studies3
Social/Behavioral Science Core 3
 Semester Credit Hours14
Fourth Year
Fall
DNCE 3101Advanced Dance Performance1
DNCE 3151Intermediate/Advanced Modern Dance I1
DNCE 4182Concert Choreography2
DNCE 4243Children's Dance3
Related Studies (Upper Level)3
Related Studies3
 Semester Credit Hours13
Spring
DNCE 3161Intermediate/Advanced Modern Dance II1
DNCE 4123Dance and Public Practice3
Related Studies (Upper Level)3
Related Studies3
DNCE 4133Dance Production3
 Semester Credit Hours13
Summer 1
DNCE 3913Summer Dance Intensive3
 Semester Credit Hours3
 Total Semester Credit Hours: 120

(GP) courses satisfy global perspectives graduation requirement.