Sequence of Study

All dance majors must complete a core course of study that includes the following classes:

  • Composition: Dance Exploration (DAN 260) - taken during your first year or sophomore year. Prerequisite: skill level of DAN 115 and 121 or above
  • Intermediate Dance Composition I and II (DAN 261 and DAN 262) - Courses must be taken consecutively within one academic year. Prerequisite: DAN 260
  • Music for Dance (DAN 191) - taken at any point during your undergraduate study
  • Light Design for Dance (DAN 291) - taken at any point during your undergraduate study
  • Technical Application for the Stage (DAN 292) - Prerequisite: DAN 291
  • Dance History (DAN 250, 251, or 255) - taken at any point during your undergraduate study
  • Labanotation (DAN 298) - Prerequisite: skill level of DAN 115 and 121 or above
  • Anatomy and Kinesiology for Dancers (DAN 393) - Prerequisite: DAN 260 and junior or senior standing
  • Seminar in Dance Criticism, Theory, and Philosophy (DAN 390) - Prerequisite: junior or senior standing
  • Internship in Dance (DAN 309) or Intensive Course Abroad (DAN 272Y) or approved dance-related international experience.

All dance majors have the opportunity to perform in and present choreography. During the semester in which a student performs, he or she must be enrolled in a dance technique class. It is also suggested that dance majors take a minimum of two technique classes per semester.

 

Tracks of Study

Performance Track:

Students wishing to major in dance with a track in performance must fulfill the following requirements:

  • A total of 43.5 credits in the major
  • A minimum of 12 credits of dance technique (modern, ballet, pointe, jazz, musical theater). It is suggested that dance majors take a minimum of two technique classes per semester.
  • Completion of Advanced Ballet Technique I (DAN 421) and Advanced Modern Technique I (DAN 415) for credit.
  • Completion of Goucher Repertory Dance Ensemble (DAN 295) for credit.

Education Track:

Students wishing to major in dance with a track in dance education must fulfill the following requirements:

  • A total of 43.5 credits in the major
  • A minimum of 12 credits of dance technique (modern, ballet, pointe, jazz, musical theater). It is suggested that dance majors take a minimum of two technique classes per semester.
  • Completion of Advanced Ballet Technique I (DAN 421) and Advanced Modern Technique (DAN 415) for credit.
  • Completion of Goucher Repertory Dance Ensemble (DAN 295) for credit.

Due to state requirements, in addition to the core courses listed above, the following courses are required for dance education with certification:

  • DAN 190
  • DAN 140
  • DAN 293 - Prerequisite: DAN 261 and ED 207 (or concurrent registration) or permission of instructor
  • DAN 294 - Prerequisite: DAN 261 and ED 207 (or concurrent registration) or permission of instructor
  • DAN 361 - Prerequisite: DAN 262
  • DAN 131 or PE 108

For the education requirements, please refer to the Education Department.

Choreography, Dance History and Criticism, Dance Therapy, Dance Administration, Dance Science, and Dance and Theater

Students wishing to complete a track of study in one of the above must fulfill the following:

  • A total of 40 credits within the major
  • Completion of Intermediate Dance Technique II: Ballet (DAN 320) and Intermediate Dance Technique II: Modern (DAN 316) or a higher level of either or both techniques for credit
  • A minimum of six credits of dance technique and minimum two technique classes per semester
  • Six credits in one of the areas of study listed below:

Choreography Track:

  • Choreography and Production (DAN 361) - Prerequisite: DAN 262
  • Independent Work in Choreography (DAN 384) or Senior Thesis in Dance (DAN 450) - Prerequisite: DAN 361

Dance History and Criticism Track:

  • Choregraphie Antique (DAN 131 and 231)
  • Dance History (DAN 250, 251 or 255) - taken at any point during your undergraduate course of study and must be in addition to the one selected as your core course of study
  • Feature Writing for Newspapers and Magazines (ENG 203)
  • Journalism Workshop (ENG208) - Prerequisite: College writing proficiency
  • Aesthetics (PHL 201) - Prerequisite: Sophomore standing, a 100-level philosophy course or permission on instructor

Dance Therapy Track:

  • Dance Therapy I (DAN 296) - Prerequisite: DAN 260
  • Dance Therapy II (DAN 297) - Prerequisite: DAN 296

Dance Administration Track:

  • Introduction to Arts Administration (BUS 170)
  • Case Studies in Arts Administration (BUS 270) - Prerequisite: BUS 170
  • Strategic Leadership For The Arts Administrator (BUS 375) - Prerequisite: BUS 270

Students wishing to pursue the Arts Administration concentration should refer to the Arts Administration Concentration page for the required course of study.

Dance Science Track:

  • Biological Diversity I: Kingdoms of Organisms (BIO 104)
  • Biological Diversity II: The Vertebrates (BIO 105) - Prerequisite: BIO 104 recommended
  • Cell Biology and Biochemistry (BIO 210) - Prerequisite: One college-level biology course and CHEM 151 and 152 (or 152H)
  • Techniques in Cell Biology (BIO 214) - Prerequisite: BIO 210 or concurrent enrollment
  • Principles of Animal Physiology (BIO 260) - Prerequisite: BIO 104, 105 and 210
  • Nutrition (CHEM 107) - Prerequisite: One first-level natural science course or high school or college Chemistry course
  • Principles of Chemistry and Laboratory I (CHEM 111 and 112) - must be taken concurrently
  • Principles of Chemistry and Laboratory II (CHEM 151 and 152) - Prerequisite: CHEM 111 and 112 (or 112H) or permission of instructor. Must be taken concurrently
  • Biochemistry I (CHEM 341) - Prerequisite: Organic Chemistry II (CHEM 235) and one college-level general biology course, or permission of instructor
  • Principles of Physics and Laboratory I (PHY 115 and PHY 115L) - Prerequisite: three years of high school mathematics.
  • Introduction to Psychology (PSY 114)

Students wishing to pursue the biological sciences major with a concentration in dance science should refer to the Biological Sciences Department for course of study.

Dance and Theater Track:

  • Acting I (THE 120)
  • Theatre Production and Laboratory (THE 140 and THE 140L) The 231 - Prerequisite: THE 120 or 220 or permission of instructor
  • Expressive Use of Voice and Movement (THE 228) - Prerequisite: THE 120

Multiple Failed Courses

It is the department's policy that students majoring in dance must receive at least a C- in every course taken toward the completion of the major.

 

Placement

All students are placed in technique levels by audition or evaluation.

 

Dance Major and Minor Review

Dance major and minor reviews occur each semester to provide an opportunity for the faculty to evaluate the progress of declared majors and students who are interested in becoming dance majors or minors based on performance in a ballet and modern class. Should the dance faculty feel as if a student is not progressing satisfactorily through the major or is at risk for not fulfilling the required technique levels of his or her chosen track of study, he/she will be asked to meet with a dance adviser or the department chair to discuss progress and for guidance toward the most suitable degree program for his/her interests, talents, and career goals.

 

Progression through Dance Technique Levels

Class promotion reviews occur each semester in conjunction with the dance major and minor reviews.  Students wishing to be considered for promotion to a higher level of technique are required to attend these reviews. This assessment procedure applies to all students taking technique courses for academic credit or audit. If a student does not attend these reviews, he/she will remain in the same level that he/she was placed in for the present semester. Advancement is determined by the student's technical proficiency.

 

Repeatable Dance Technique Courses

The following courses are repeatable up to six credits:

DAN 131, DAN 231, DAN 295, and DAN 146

 

Senior Thesis in Dance (DAN 450)

The senior thesis is an opportunity for students completing a B.A. in dance to present an extensive project that reflects a cumulative knowledge of the experiences in the program's curriculum.

The senior thesis is the product of scholarly or scientific research or artistic work of high academic quality. The character of the work leading to the senior thesis is expected to be more advanced than normal course work and should involve an unusually high level of initiative, independence, organization, and effort. The thesis is used by the dance department as criteria for selecting students who are awarded honors in the major.

The senior thesis may take any one of a wide variety of forms suitable to the disciplines(s) concerned. In all cases, the thesis should demonstrate excellence, originality, and dedicated effort by the student.

Senior thesis work carries eight credits and ordinarily involves two sequential courses of four semester credit hours each, directed by a faculty adviser selected by the student.

Thesis Options in Dance:

1.     Scholarly or Scientific Research

Written documentation (at least 40 pages long) based on research within one of the following areas: dance therapy, dance education, dance science, technical theory and pedagogy, dance history, dance criticism.

2.     Original Choreography

To be eligible, student must successfully complete DAN 361 by thesis proposal submission.

This thesis option generally entails a lengthy movement laboratory, which culminates in the presentation of either one lengthy dance work, or several pieces of new, interrelated choreography (length/quantity to be determined by faculty adviser). The recommended length is a shared evening concert, or 3-4 pieces of new choreography. This option must be accompanied by documentation of research topic(s) used, description of context, the creative process, evaluations, and a formal presentation/performance of the work(s).

3.     Re-construction of Renowned Existing Choreography

To be eligible, student must successfully complete Labanotation and have completed or be concurrently enrolled in DAN 316 and/or DAN 320 by thesis proposal submission. This option includes extensive research on the choreographic artist of the chosen reconstruction(s), what is intrguing about the artist and the selected work(s), documentation of the process of acquiring the work, the rehearsal process, consistent evaluations by faculty and professionals, and a formal presentation/performance of the work(s) reconstructed.

For more information and thesis requirements and eligibility, contact the department chair.

 

Departmental Honors

Qualifications Required to Graduate with Departmental Honors
Students may qualify for honors in the Dance Department if they achieve a grade point average of at least 3.67 in all courses taken in the major. Students opting to pursue honors must demonstrate a superior grasp of their course of study to a full-time member of the faculty by either an academic thesis or a theoretical grounded body of creative work, which includes substantial written documentation.

Honors Option in Dance Performance

This option provides the advanced dancer the opportunity to submit a cumulative performance portfolio as a means of receiving honors in the dance major. The student must provide documentation and analysis of extensive main-stage performance experience during their tenure as a student at Goucher.

For more information and honors requirements, eligibility, and timeline, contact the department chair.