About the Program
Venue, lighting, and sound—the Dance program at Westminster College combines all these artistic and technical elements to create meaningful performances. Dance is about using improvisation, composition, and production techniques to express powerful work through movement. Gain knowledge of Western theatrical dance as well as non-Western dance traditions. This program will allow you to advance artistically and professionally in a liberal arts setting.
An audition is required to become a dance major. Live auditions are held annually.
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What You'll Learn
- Master the body’s physical skills as they relate to technical proficiency, artistic performance, and modes of communication, discovering the role of the human body in dance in terms of anatomy, kinesiology, and human development.
- Develop and practice physical and cognitive research skills within the full scope of multidisciplinary physical art.
- Develop an artistic voice by taking risks in individualized experimental creative practices.
- Understand how dance functions as a cultural practice that reflects and impacts local and global communities.
- Provide a professional environment conducive to advanced learning and collaboration among students and professors.
- Cultivate project management skills that take into account effective group dynamics.
Become a sensitive evaluator of dance processes and dance productions.
Plan of Study
Dance is an open enrollment major. However, after the first academic year, all students must demonstrate the competencies learned in front of a jury in order to pursue the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. If not accepted, you can re-audition at the end of each semester or pursue the Bachelor of Arts degree. Transfer students will be evaluated individually and placed into a cohort based on prior coursework.
Liberal Education Courses
You must complete the WCore program or join the Honors College (and complete requirements) to fulfill your liberal education credits.
Modern/Contemporary I and II
This course sequence addresses the basic elements of modern dance techniques and contemporary physical practices. You will explore body alignment, vocabulary, flexibility, weight, breath, momentum, improvisation, coordination, and composition.
Anatomy and Kinesiology for Dance
This course investigates human anatomy and kinesiology in relationship to dance. You will be guided through the skeletal and muscular systems; taught about injury prevention, treatment, and conditioning; and learn the role of individual differences in physicality and movement patterns.