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Dance Option

Program Description

The Dance Option provides students with a broad base of cultural and historical knowledge as well as technique, pedagogy and repertoire in the various dance genres. The creative process is fostered by inclusion of production skills, the art of choreography, and performance opportunities. This foundation will prepare students to further their study, teach, choreograph, and/or perform. Graduates may seek employment in dance education, dance studios, community service organizations, and as production assistants, choreographers, teacher assistants, dance therapy assistants, and as dancers in the arts and entertainment industry. Students must be physically able to participate in studio courses. As of 2006, CT’s State Board of Education requires public school K-12 dance certification for dance teachers. The Dance Option provides the required dance courses for this education certification. The Transfer Program articulated with Central Connecticut State University guarantees acceptance of major dance credits.

General Education Core course listings and definitions appear on pages 54-57. Placement testing will determine the sequencing of courses. Additional courses may be required.

Program Requirements

Competency or Program Requirement Course Number and Title Required Credits
Aesthetic Dimensions/Written Communications DAN*H101 History & Appreciation of World Dance 3
Critical Analysis and Logical Thinking/Written Communication ENG*H101 Composition 3
Historical Knowledge Choose any from HIS*H101, *H102, *H121, or *H122 3
Oral Communication Choose any Oral Communication listed (Prefer COM*H100) 3
Program Requirement DAN*H102 Ballet I: Renaissance to Romantic 3
Scientific Knowledge2 Choose any Scientific Knowledge listed (Prefer BIO*H105) 3-4
Written Communication Choose any Written Communication listed (Prefer ENG*H102) 3
Program Requirement DAN*H113 Modern I: Pioneers of America 3
Program Requirement DAN*H111 Jazz I: Afro-Caribbean American Vernacular 3
Program Requirement DAN*H118 Dance Pedagogy for Early Childhood Education3 1
Program Requirement Dance Elective4 3
Quantitative Reasoning1 MAT*H135 or higher than 137 3
Scientific Reasoning2 Choose any Scientific Reasoning listed (Prefer DAN*H175) 3-4
Program Requirement DAN*H202 Ballet II: Classical to Contemporary 3
Program Requirement DAN*H213 Modern II: Second Generation American 3
Program Requirement DAN*H221 Repertory/Ensemble 3
Continuing Learning and Information Literacy/Ethics Choose any Continuing Learning and Information Literacy/Ethics listed (Prefer DAT*H101) 3
Social Phenomena Choose any Social Phenomena listed (Prefer ANT*H101, PSY*H111, OR SOC*H101) 3
Program Requirement DAN*H112 Jazz II: Broadway and Film Dance 3
Program Requirement DAN*H222 Choreographic Principles/Ensemble 3
Program Requirement DAN*H232 Ballet III OR DAN*H234 Modern Dance III Postmodern to Contemporary 3

Total Credits: 60-62

Any given course may only be used to satisfy one of the competency areas even if it is listed under more than one.

1MAT*H137 and courses numbered lower than MAT*H137 will not transfer to Connecticut State Universities as Quantitative Reasoning courses.

2At least one Scientific Knowledge and Understanding OR Scientific Reasoning course must have a lab component.

3In addition to DAN 118, students should take a total of two credits from DAN 119, 120, 232, or 233 in their 4th semester.

4Students should choose 3 credits from DAN 109 &209 (1cr each), 140 (1cr), 225, 224, or 231


Upon successful completion of all program requirements, graduates will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate and execute warm-up exercises specific to all dance forms (ballet, modern, ethnic, jazz).
  2. Execute desirable physical activity, preparation, and training for the dancer, actor, or musician so that she/he may intelligently choose a further course of action in the arts.
  3. Execute a variety of choreographic styles to enhance and broaden movement and choreographic vocabulary utilizing time, space and energy.
  4. Demonstrate kinesthetic awareness, mental and physical coordination, rhythmic sensitivity, and musicality.
  5. Identify dancers and choreographers and their particular contributions to the field of dance and their processes in creating dance.
  6. Choreograph and perform movement and demonstrate performance skills of concentration, projection, characterization, expression and ensemble work.
  7. Demonstrate wherewithal for scheduling and conducting rehearsals and producing a performance that includes staging, lighting, costuming, decor, and publicity.

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