Dance Performance and Choreography

2014-15 Undergraduate Academic Catalog

Our B.F.A. in Dance Performance and Choreography focuses on providing dance majors with multiple performance opportunities throughout the year in faculty, guest artist and student choreography concerts. Additionally, our program places a high value on developing young artists and provides numerous venues for students to present their own choreography.

Our dance program brings in a national/international guest artist each winter term to set a piece of repertory on members of the Elon Dance Company. That guest work is always featured in the spring dance concert. Since 2007, our winter term guest artists have included: Lila York, Chuck Davis, Laura Dean, Leslie Scott, Jon Lehrer, Jason Aryeh and Larry Keigwin.

Additional guest artists and teachers are brought in throughout the year to teach master classes. Since 2007, we've had the pleasure of welcoming the following artists: Beth Corning, Miyoung Dempsey, Paige Whitley-Baugess, Nicholas Leighter, Niki Juralewicz, Diana Turner-Forte, Sarah Skaggs, Liz Maxwell, James Pierce, Germaul  Barnes, Frank Smith, Janis Brenner, Claire Porter, David Parker, Diego Carrasco Schoch, Noriko Hara, Judith Jamison, Diane Coburn-Bruning, Kathryn Ross-Nash, Jan Van Dyke and Kit McDaniel. 

This program provides students with a 21st century dance education with a focus on technical training, creative exploration, compositional skills, somatic knowledge, collaborative dance-making and multi-disciplinary performance. The dance program recognizes the importance of an individual's interaction with the world as a whole person, not just as an artist. Dance artists and theorists are members of the global community, and as such, students are encouraged to explore wide-ranging interests and to find innovative ways to combine their in-depth dance studies with their experience as global citizens to further the field of contemporary dance. Students in the B.F.A. program have the opportunity, and are encouraged, to participate in internships and study abroad. An audition is required for the B.F.A. but not for the minor. 

The B.F.A. is a 68 semester hour degree that requires intensive study in technique, composition and theory, and is intended for the student who wishes to pursue a professional performance or creative career in dance. The degree also prepares the student to pursue an M.F.A., the terminal creative degree. Students are required to take 14 credit hours of ballet and modern technique with six credit hours of supplemental training in pointe, yoga, jazz, tap, world dance or special topics in dance. In addition, students must complete 32 semester hours in creative and theoretical courses, 12 credit hours of dance electives and four semester hours of performance. A senior project is required.

A major in Dance Performance and Choreography requires the following courses:

NOTE: All dance majors, by virtue of their audition for the program, are placed into Level III technique classes.

DAN
102
Somatic Theories I
4 sh
DAN
202
Somatic Theories II
4 sh
DAN
230
Dance Improvisation I
4 sh
DAN
301
Dance History I
4 sh
DAN
302
Dance History II
4 sh
DAN
231
Dance Choreography I
4 sh
DAN
331
Dance Choreography II
4 sh
DAN
495
Senior Seminar
2 sh
DAN 
496 
Senior Seminar 
2 sh
    Fourteen semester hours from the following: 14 sh
    DAN 204, 214, 304, 404 (Modern)  
    DAN 206, 216, 306, 406 (Ballet)  
Students must repeat each Level III-V class once and take level VI in both genres once.  
    Six semester hours from the following: 6 sh
    DAN 203 Pointe 1  
    DAN 307, 407 (Jazz)  
    DAN 105, 205, 305 (Tap)  
    DAN 108 (World Dance I)  
    DAN 210 Yoga (2 sh)  
    DAN 315 Advanced Yoga (4 sh)  
    DAN 320 Special topics in dance (2-4 sh)  
Twelve semester hours of dance electives 12 sh
  (At least 4 sh must be at the 300-400 level)  
DAN 223 Dance Ensemble 4 sh
       
TOTAL 68 sh


This page was updated June 26, 2014.