Undergraduate Degree & Course Catalog
2016-17

Dance - Degrees & Policies

Degrees Offered

Undergraduate: BA, BFA

Advisement

First-semester students are required to meet with the department academic advisor.

Prospective majors should also arrange for an interview with the department academic advisor to ensure they are taking courses in the proper sequence and to obtain the most benefit from departmental advisement.

Dance - B.A.

Acceptance Criteria

Audition
Minimum GPA of 2.0 overall.
Minimum GPA of 2.5 in the prerequisite courses.

Advising Notes

A minimum grade of C+ is necessary in all required courses.

Prerequisite Courses

TH 106 Introduction to Technical Theatre with
TH 135 or TH 136 Production Practicum
TH 203 Visual Imagination
THD 201 Modern Dance 1
THD 213 Ballet 1
THD 263 Jazz Dance 1

Required Courses

THD 202 Modern Dance 2
THD 211 Tap Dance 2
THD 214 Ballet 2
THD 264 Jazz Dance 2
THD 350 Laban Movement Analysis
Complete a Technique Sequence Through Level 6 in:
THD 341 Ballet 3, THD 342 Ballet 4, THD 421 Ballet 5, and THD 422 Ballet 6; OR THD 345 Modern Dance 3, THD 346 Modern Dance 4, THD 410 Modern Dance 5, and THD 411 Modern Dance 6; OR THD 371 Jazz Dance 3; THD 372 Jazz Dance 4, THD 417 Jazz Dance 5 and THD 418 Jazz Dance 6
THD 400 Creative Movement
THD 430 Dance History
THD 432 Applied Kinesiology and Anatomy for Dancers
THD 441 Choreography
THD 454 Methods of Dance Teaching
THD 481 Research in Dance or THD 442 Choreography 2
Dance tutorials*
Two 200/300-level TH practicums
Two electives

Undergraduate Credit Requirements Chart
Credits Required for Major 58
Additional Credits Required for UB Curriculum 40
Additional Credits Required for Electives 22
Total Credits Required for Degree 120

Students should consult with an academic advisor to determine how any transfer or exam credit might be utilized in meeting general education, prerequisite, or major requirements.

See Baccalaureate Degree Requirements (UB Curriculum) for general education and remaining university requirements.

Learning Outcomes

Transfer students' placement in technique courses is based upon audition.
Performance and production opportunities are available in each semester. Please note that schedule does not include performance/production credits.

**Technique classes must be repeated once for full credit and then may be taken as tutorials

Learning Outcomes

Students will demonstrate: in studio classes/performances technical proficiency and performance ability in diverse/broad range of movement disciplines and styles

DIVERSIFIED TECHNIQUE METHODOLOGIES
  • Will be able to: Demonstrate & instruct technical skills, rhythmic acuity moving musically & dynamically
  • Will be able to: Incorporate instructional strategies to develop cognitive complexity in insightful use of dance vocabulary
  • Will be able to: Demonstrate & develop instructional strategies for teaching the concepts of placement, elevation, control & style
  • Will be able to: Demonstrate & develop instructional strategies for teaching the concepts of coordination, use of weight, directional focus
  • Will be able to: Demonstrate & develop instructional strategies for teaching an understanding of musical accompaniment
  • Will be able to: Demonstrate & develop instructional strategies for teaching the theories of diversified techniques 18 Dance Technique courses, from lower to upper levels that include: Ballet (6 levels), Modern (6 levels), Jazz (6 levels}. Students choose to take one of the above discipline through the 5th level and the remaining up to level 2, In addition students complete two levels of Tap
CULTURAL & HISTORICAL
  • Will be able to: Demonstrate a knowledge of historical facts, as well as social and cultural issues that influenced development of dance as an art form
  • Will be able to: Discuss, articulate, express, and debate a variety of cultural movement contexts technically, historically, philosophically, and aesthetically
  • Will be able to: Examine and communicate the importance of dance history in relation to other arts, social and political concerns that influenced the dancers and choreographers of the time
  • Will be able to: Discuss the role of dance in various cultures and historical periods
  • Will be able to: Research theoretical and interdisciplinary approaches to dance arts and aesthetics THD 430 Dance History THD 381 Social Dance, THD 482, Research in Dance THD 417, 418, Adv. Jazz 5, 6
CHOREOGRAPHY, COMPOSITION & IMPROVISATION
  • Will be able to: Apply choreographic principles, processes, and structures to create original work that exhibits choreographic intent
  • Will be able to: Investigate and generate new movement solutions and constructively apply feedback to rework, revise, and refine choreography
  • Will be able to: Verbally articulate informed ideas about choreography and dance performance
  • Will be able to: Incorporate the process of movement exploration, concept development, manipulation of ideas, to generating original choreography for performance
CHOREOGRAPHY, COMPOSITION & IMPROVISATION
  • Will be able to: Apply choreographic principles, processes, and structures to create original work that exhibits choreographic intent
  • Will be able to: Investigate and generate new movement solutions and constructively apply feedback to rework, revise, and refine choreography
  • Will be able to: Verbally articulate informed ideas about choreography and dance performance
  • Will be able to: Incorporate the process of movement exploration, concept development, manipulation of ideas, to generating original choreography for performance

Recommended Sequence of Program Requirements

View the Finish in Four Curricular Plan for the Dance BA which is a recommended sequence of courses to help achieve this degree in four years.

Dance - B.F.A.

Acceptance Criteria

Audition required
Minimum GPA of 2.0 overall.
Minimum GPA of 2.5 in the prerequisite courses.

Advising Notes

A minimum grade of C+ is necessary in all required courses.

Prerequisite Courses

TH 106 Introduction to Technical Theatre with TH 135 or TH 136 Practicum
THD 201 Modern Dance 1
THD 213 Ballet 1
THD 263 Jazz Dance 1

Required Courses

TH 108 Basic Acting 1
TH 203 Visual Imagination
THD 202 Modern Dance 2
THD 211 Tap Dance 2
THD 214 Ballet 2
THD 264 Jazz Dance 2
THD 310 Tap 3
THD 337 Dance Studio - Zodiaque or THD 338 Dance Studio - Zodiaque or THD 340 Dance Studio***
THD 341 Ballet 3
THD 342 Ballet 4
THD 345 Modern Dance 3
THD 346 Modern Dance 4
THD 371 Jazz Dance 3
THD 372 Jazz Dance 4
THD 350 Introduction to Laban Movement Analysis
THD 378 Partnering
THD 381 Social Dance
THD 400 Creative Movement
THD 410 Modern Dance 5
THD 411 Modern Dance 6
THD 417 Jazz Dance 5
THD 418 Jazz Dance 6
THD 421 Ballet 5
THD 422 Ballet 6
THD 430 Dance History
THD 432 Kinesiology/Anatomy for the Dancer
THD 441 Choreography 1
THD 481 Research in Dance, THD 442 Choreography 2, or THD 454 Methods of Dance Teaching
Four 200/300-level TH practicums

Undergraduate Credit Requirements Chart
Credits Required for Major 94
Additional Credits Required for Gen Ed 31
Additional Credits Required for Electives 0
Total Credits Required for Degree 125

Students should consult with an academic advisor to determine how any transfer or exam credit might be utilized in meeting general education, prerequisite, or major requirements.

See Baccalaureate Degree Requirements (UB Curriculum) for general education and remaining university requirements.

Learning Outcomes

Transfer students' placement in technique courses is based upon audition.
Performance and production opportunities are available in each semester. Please note that schedule does not include performance/production credits.

*Technique classes must be repeated once for full credit and then may be taken as tutorials.
**A minimum of three semesters of performance is required; placement is based upon audition.

Learning Outcomes

DIVERSIFIED TECHNIQUE METHODOLOGIES
  • Will demonstrate: Technical proficiency, rhythmic acuity moving musically & dynamically
  • Will demonstrate: cognitive complexity in insightful use of dance vocabulary
  • Will demonstrate: a well developed sense of placement, elevation, control & style
  • Will demonstrate: a sense coordination, use of weight, directional focus
  • Will demonstrate: an understanding of musical accompaniment
  • Will demonstrate: knowledge of the theory of diversified techniques
  • 23 Dance Technique courses, from lower to upper levels that include: Ballet (6 levels), Modern (6 levels), Jazz (6 levels), Tap (3 levels); Social Dance; Pas de Deux; and TH 108 Basic Acting
CULTURAL & HISTORICAL
  • Will be able to: Demonstrate a knowledge of historical facts, as well as social and cultural issues that influenced development of dance as an art form
  • Will be able to: Discuss, articulate, express, and debate a variety of cultural movement contexts technically, historically, philosophically, and aesthetically
  • Will be able to: Examine and communicate the importance of dance history in relation to other arts, social! and political concerns that influenced the dancers and choreographers of the time
  • Will be able to: Discuss the role of dance in various cultures and historical periods
  • Will be able to: Research theoretical and interdisciplinary approaches to dance arts aesthetics THD 430 Dance History, THD 381 Social Dance, THD 482, Research in Dance, THD 417, 418, Adv. Jazz 5, 6
CHOREOGRAPHY, COMPOSITION & IMPROVISATION
  • Will be able to: Apply choreographic principles, processes, and structures to create original work that exhibits choreographic intent
  • Will be able to: Investigate and generate new movement solutions and constructively apply feedback to rework, revise, and refine choreography
  • Will be able to: Verbally articulate informed ideas about choreography and dance performance
  • Will be able to: Incorporate the process of movement exploration, concept development, manipulation of ideas, to generating original choreography for performance
  • Will be able to: Move spontaneously, without premeditated choreographing; TH 203 Visual Imagination; THO 330 Creative Movement; THD 337, 338 Zodiaque Dance Company; THD 340 Zodiaque Dance Ensemble; THD 441 Choreography; THD 442 Choreography 2
SOMATIC PRACTICES
  • Will be able to: Explain kinesiological principles of the human body
  • Will be able to: Assess & record anatomical strengths, weaknesses
  • Will be able to: Examine the function of dance science and its role in building technical and artistic proficiency in dance technique
  • Will be able to: Have a working knowledge of basic care for such injuries, and to correctly utilize conditioning practices
  • Will be able to: Relate the principles of dance science in relation to dance and healthful living THD 350 Introduction to Laban Movement Analysis; THD 432 Dance Kinesiology

Recommended Sequence of Program Requirements

View the Finish in Four Curricular Plan for the Dance BFA which is a recommended sequence of courses to help achieve this degree in four years.

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