2014–2015 Dance Program (DANCE)

Faculty: Michael Vought

Program Goals

Objectives

The Department of Dance at Westminster College offers a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree.  The Dance program emphasizes improvisation, individual and group “felt experiences,” collaboration, and community.  As such, the degree in Dance from Westminster College prepares students for careers in professional dance companies, arts organizations, education, community development, health and fitness, human services, as well as graduate studies in a myriad of interdisciplinary areas.

Students will develop an understanding of the artistic and technical elements of physical expression that leads to performance artistry.  Students will demonstrate mastery of improvisation, composition, and production elements (venue, lighting, sound, costuming, audience).  Students will demonstrate a deep understanding of human growth and development and the role of movement in sustaining a healthy lifestyle.  Students will also develop an understanding of how dance functions as a powerful vehicle for community cultural development, and appreciate the role of the arts in fostering social change.

Students will develop an ability to create powerful original work through movement.  They will demonstrate the ability to use technology to capture dance processes and products as well as augment the visual and aural components of dance production.  Students will become sensitive evaluators of dance processes and concert dance productions.  Students will also demonstrate an understanding of formal and informal global dance trends.

Program Requirements

Dance is an open enrollment major.  However, to continue in the major after year 1, all students must pass a jury.   Students must also maintain a minimum 2.5 GPA in all courses required in the major.  As this is a cohort-based program, transfer students will be evaluated individually and placed into a cohort based on prior coursework, competencies, and abilities.

Students must meet the college-wide graduation requirements in addition to the Dance major:

Academic Major


Credit Hours Prerequisites
Liberal Education Courses    
DANCE 130: Movement Practice 1 (2) 2  

 

Requirement Description
Credit Hours Prerequisites
I. Foreign Language Requirement 8  
Dance majors must complete eight credit hours in a single foreign language.    
II. Lower Division English Courses 34  
DANCE 130 Movement Practice 1 (2)    
DANCE 131 Movement Practice 2 (2)    
DANCE 230 Movement Practice 3 (2)    
DANCE 231 Movement Practice 4 (2)    
DANCE 250 Anatomy/Kinesiology (4)    
DANCE 190 World Dance (4)    
DANCE 180 History/Theory (4)    
DANCE 200 Visual & Aural Imagination (2)    
DANCE 260 Improv-Based Composition 1 (4)    
DANCE 270 Improv-Based Composition 2 (4)    
DANCE 240 Pedagogy (4)    
III. Upper Division English Courses 23  
DANCE 330: Movement Practice 5 (2)    
DANCE 331: Movement Practice 6 (2)    
DANCE 430: Movement Practice 7 (2)    
DANCE 431: Movement Practice 8 (2)    
DANCE 440: Arts Administration (3)    
DANCE 450: Internship (4)    
DANCE 460: Community-Based Work (4)    
DANCE 480: Production (2)    
DANCE 490: Senior Showcase 1 (2)    
DANCE 491: Senior Showcase 2 (2)    
DANCE 400: Digital Media (2)    
DANCE 410: Dance for the Camera/Web (2)    
TOTAL HOURS FOR ACADEMIC MAJOR 71  

 

Recommended Plan of Study

 

Fall Semester

Spring Semester
Freshman Year

DANCE 130
DANCE 180

DANCE 131
DANCE 190
DANCE 200

Sophomore Year

DANCE 230
DANCE 250
DANCE 260

DANCE 231
DANCE 240
DANCE 270

Junior Year

DANCE 330
DANCE 460*
DANCE 450*

DANCE 331
DANCE 460*
DANCE 450*

Senior Year

DANCE 430
DANCE 490
DANCE 480
DANCE 400

DANCE 431
DANCE 491
DANCE 440
DANCE 410

 

Academic Minor

Requirement Description
Credit Hours Prerequisites
I. Courses    
DANCE130: Movement Practice 1 (2)    
DANCE 131: Movement Practice 2 (2)    
DANCE 230: Movement Practice 3 (2)    
DANCE 231: Movement Practice 4 (2)    
DANCE 180: History/Theory (4)    
DANCE 200: Visual/Aural Imagination (2)    
DANCE 260: Improv-Based Composition 1 (2)    
DANCE 240: Pedagogy (2)    
DANCE 440: Arts Administration (3)    
TOTAL HOURS FOR ACADEMIC MINOR 25  

 

* Students choose the semester to complete the internship and community-based project, either fall or spring.