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 215 or 221 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 215 or 221 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 in the genre in which they are performing. It is also suggested that dance majors take both a ballet and modern technique class each 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
  • Completion of the core courses listed above for the dance major.
  • A minimum of 12 credits of dance technique (modern, ballet, pointe, jazz, musical theater). Dance majors must take both a ballet and modern technique class each semester.
  • Completion of Ballet Technique IV (DAN 421) and Modern Technique IV (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
  • Completion of the core courses listed above for the dance major.
  • A minimum of 12 credits of dance technique (modern, ballet, pointe, jazz, musical theater). Dance majors must take both a ballet and modern technique class each semester.
  • Completion of Ballet Technique IV (DAN 421) and Modern Technique IV (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 260 (or concurrent registration)
  • DAN 294 - Prerequisite: DAN 261 (or concurrent registration)
  • 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 Ballet Technique III (DAN 320) and Modern Technique III (DAN 316) or a higher level of either or both techniques for credit
  • A minimum of six credits of dance technique. Dance majors must take both a ballet and modern technique class each semester.
  • Six credits in one of the areas of study listed below.  Please note: The courses listed below each area of study are those that the student must take beyond the core courses required for all dance majors in order to fulfill the six credits.

Choreography Track:

  • Advanced 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 (ENG 208) - Prerequisite: College writing proficiency
  • Philosophy and Art (PHL 212) - Prerequisite: Sophomore standing, a 100-level philosophy course or permission of instructor

Dance Therapy Track:

  • Dance Therapy I (DAN 296) - Prerequisite: DAN 260, PSY 111 and 112, PSY 220, and prior or concurrent registration in PSY 271
  • Dance Therapy II (DAN 297) - Prerequisite: DAN 296, PSY 111 and 112, PSY 220, and prior or concurrent registration in PSY 271and PSY 244, or permission of instructor

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
  • 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 111 and PSY 112L)

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:

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

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 at placement classes during fall orientation or by faculty evaluation.

 

Dance Major and Minor Review

Each semester prospective and declared dance majors are required to participate in a ballet and a modern dance technique class that will determine the ability of the student to achieve the required level of technique to complete the dance major or dance minor. Students struggling with the technical requirement of the department may be advised to find an alternative major while continuing their studies in the Dance Department.

 

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 146, DAN 231, and DAN 295

The following courses are repeatable up to three times for credit:

DAN 101, DAN 102, DAN 104, DAN 105, DAN 115, DAN 121, DAN 140, DAN 141, DAN 142, DAN 143, DAN 201, DAN 202, DAN 203, DAN 204, DAN 215, DAN 221, DAN 302, DAN 316, DAN 320, DAN 415, DAN 421

 

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

Honors in the major is achieved through successful completion of senior thesis work.  Refer to senior thesis guidelines for further information.