Academic Catalog 2020-2021

Slippery Rock University

Dance, Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) - Concentration in Performance and Choreography - Rock Studies

The BFA will provide excellent dance education and advanced training, performance, and choreography, along with elective areas of focus in production and dance technology. This innovative professional program will prepare dance majors at SRU for diverse professional performance and choreography opportunities in entertainment and concert dance, private studio and business ownership, and administrative careers in the field.

Dance (BFA) - Credits: 60

The BFA program targets a diverse population interested in a traditional four year program that has the feeling of a conservatoire with a strong business orientation within a liberal arts setting. Aside from the business courses, Dance BFA students will complete advanced courses in performance, choreography, and technique. As graduates they will seek multilayered careers as dance professionals including careers as arts administrators, dance teachers in community settings, sole proprietors who manage dance studios and provide instruction, or as independent artists. This program will better prepare Dance BFA majors for administrative careers in the field, private business ownership and for more diverse professional performance and choreography jobs in entertainment and concert dance.

Dance Theory and Practice: All BFA students must be enrolled in a minimum of one technique class a day each semester. Competency based assessment will be used to determine the synthesis of knowledge, physical and performance abilities (technique) and level of proficiency. The application and synthesis of practice and theory competencies are required for employment in the dance field. The rigor of the assessments developed by dance technique faculty allows the department to meet NASD standards in Performance. Students accepted into the BFA degree in Dance program at Slippery Rock University must demonstrate technical proficiency requirements as indicated below:

All BFA-Performance and Choreography students must reach at least a minimum of Level IV in Jazz and Ballet and Level VI in Modern Dance.

Demonstrated achievement of technical proficiency in dance technique courses will be determined by performance-based assessment of candidates for the BFA Degree in Dance from Slippery Rock University by dance technique faculty.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Business Proficiency for BFA students with Concentration in Business Administration: Students demonstrate proficiency in dance business enterprises.
  • Choreography: Create and organize movement into artistic and aesthetic choreography.
  • Communication and Critical Thinking: Demonstrate the ability to communicate and think critically in the areas of performance, choreography and teaching.
  • Cultural Diversity: Synthesize the social, political, and artistic role of dance in world cultures. 
  • Degree Program Writing Competency: Utilizing appropriate vocabulary, grammar, research, and citation methods, students will demonstrate writing that is clear, cohesive, and relevant to the dance field.
  • Teaching: Demonstrate the ability to organize the knowledge, skills, aesthetics and art of dance into effective, ethical and responsible teaching practices.
  • Technique: Students will demonstrate mastery of the core concepts in dance technique and performance in DANC 428 (modern dance technique VI).
  • Wellness: Apply dance wellness principles in the areas of performance, teaching and choreography.

Related Links

Dance - Performance and Choreography, BFA Program Page

Dance Department Page

Professional Licensure/Certification Page

If you are a Liberal Studies student, please click here for your Curriculum Guide.

Curriculum Guide

GPA Requirement

Major GPA: 3.0 or higher
Overall GPA: 2.7 or higher

Summary*

Rock Studies Requirements42
Other Basic Requirements0-3
Computer Competency0-3
Major/Concentration Requirements80

* All undergraduate degree programs require a minimum of 120 credits.  Some courses meet multiple requirements, but are only counted once toward the 120 credit total required to graduate.

Rock Studies Requirements

The Rock
SUBJ 139University Seminar 13
ENGL 102Critical Writing3
ENGL 104Critical Reading3
MATH 117Quantitative Reasoning3
Select one of the following:3
Civil Discourse: Theory & Practice
Ethics and Civil Discourse
Civil Discourse and Democracy
Subtotal15
Integrated Inquiry
Creative and Aesthetic Inquiry
Select 3 Credits3
Humanities Inquiry
Select 3 Credits3
Social Science Inquiry
Select 3 Credits3
Natural Sciences Inquiry
SCI 101Science of Life3
Physical Sciences Inquiry
SCI 102Understanding the Physical World3
Subtotal15
Thematic Thread
Select 12 Credits 212
Total Hours42

Basic Math Requirement

Check with your adviser or a current degree audit report to see if you have been exempted from this course. The credit earned in this course will not be counted toward the 120 credit hour minimum needed to earn a degree.

Complete one of the following:0-3
Meet required minimum SAT or ACT math score OR
Beginning Algebra
Total Hours0-3

Computer Competency

Demonstrate "computer competency" by one of the following:0-3
Pass Computer Competency Exam OR
Select one of the following at SRU or another post-secondary institution:
Introduction to Computing for Liberal Arts
Computer Concepts
Introduction to Computing and Programming
Technology for Wellness
Total Hours0-3

Major/Concentration Requirements

  • 40 major credits must be taken at SRU or PASSHE
  • 40 major credits must be taken at the 300 level or above
Dance Core
DANC 101Wellness for Dancers 13
DANC 199LMA/Performance Techniques 13
DANC 200Dance Composition I 13
DANC 216Principles of Dance Production 13
DANC 223Creative Dance for Children 13
DANC 224Improvisation 13
DANC 298Selected Topics 12
DANC 300Dance Composition II 13
DANC 323Teaching of Dance 13
DANC 324Music for Dance 13
DANC 326Dance Kinesiology 13
DANC 350Field Experience in Dance Technique 1,21
DANC 419Dance in Contemporary Times 13
DANC 420Modern Dance Technique: Level IV 12
DANC 424Contemporary Partnering 12
DANC 425Senior Capstone I: Dance Research 13
DANC 426Modern Dance Technique: Level V 12
DANC 428Modern Dance Technique: Level VI 12
Select one of the following:3
Dance Internship 1
Independent Study 1
Workshop 1
Subtotal50
Advanced Technique Proficiency
DANC 421Ballet IV 12
DANC 422Jazz IV 12
Subtotal4
Dance Technology, Wellness, Social & Historical Electives
Select two of the following: 36
Dance Technology 1
Society and Social Dance 1
Dance in the Political World 1
Experimental 1
Subtotal6
Dance Performance and Choreography Electives
Select up to 20 credits from any combination of the following courses: 420
Modern II-VI
Repeatable up to 6 credits per course
Modern Dance Technique: Level II
Modern Dance Technique: Level III
Modern Dance Technique: Level IV
Modern Dance Technique: Level V
Modern Dance Technique: Level VI
Ballet II-IV
Repeatable up to 6 credits per course
Ballet II
Ballet III
Ballet IV
Jazz II-IV
Repeatable up to 6 credits per course
Jazz Dance II
Jazz III
Jazz IV
Electives
Dance Technology
Society and Social Dance
Dance in the Political World
Rehearsal and Performance
Repeatable up to 3 credits per course
Dance Rehearsal and Production
Dance Rehearsal and Production
Repertory
Repeatable up to 6 credits
Repertory
BA/BFA Capstone
BFA Capstone II: Performance, Choreography, and Credit Hours Entrepreneurship
Subtotal20
Total Hours80

Note: All BFA-Performance/Choreography students are encouraged to take NLPA 220 Intro to Non-Profit Leadership; BIOL 216 Anatomy & Physiology I/Lab as Rock Studies courses.

Concentration in Performance and Choreography (PECH)

Dance Theory and Practice: : All BFA students must be enrolled in a minimum of one technique class a day each semester. Competency based assessment will be used to determine the synthesis of knowledge, physical and performance abilities (technique) and level of proficiency. The application and synthesis of practice and theory competencies are required for employment in the dance field. The rigor of the assessments developed by dance technique faculty allows the department to meet NASD standards in Performance. Students accepted into the BFA degree in Dance program at Slippery Rock University must demonstrate technical proficiency requirements as indicated below:

  • Modern Dance (Level VI Proficiency Required)
  • Ballet and Jazz (Level IV Proficiency Required)

Please note: All BFA-Performance and Choreography students must reach at least a minimum of Level IV in Ballet and Jazz, and level VI in modern dance.

*Demonstrated achievement of technical proficiency in dance technique courses will be determined by performance-based assessment of candidates for the BFA Degree in Dance from Slippery Rock University by dance technique faculty.

Co-curricular and Experiential Learning

Students are encouraged to explore additional curricular and co-curricular opportunities. There is a strong correlation between long-term student success and participation in the following types of programs and activities:

  1. International study programs (short-term, semester)
  2. High-Impact Practice (HIP) designated classes
  3. Student-faculty creative projects
  4. Student leadership development
  5. Guest Artist Residencies and Repertory experiences
  6. Career education and development
  7. Internships
  8. Field Experiences
  9. Summer Dance Intensives and workshop

Dance - BFA (5355)
Concentration in Performance and Choreography (PECH)
This program is effective as of Fall 2020.
Revision date: 12-2019
UCC 9.24.19

Important Curriculum Guide Notes

This Curriculum Guide is provided to help SRU students and prospective students better understand their intended major curriculum. Enrolled SRU students should note that the My Rock Audit may place already-earned and/or in progress courses in different, yet valid, curriculum categories. Enrolled SRU students should use the My Rock Audit Report and materials and information provided by their faculty advisers to ensure accurate progress towards degree completion. The information on this guide is current as of the date listed. Students are responsible for curriculum requirements at the time of enrollment at the University.

PASSHE - Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education Institutions

Recommended Rock Studies Four-Year Plan

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
FallHours
DANC 101 Wellness for Dancers 3
DANC 220 Modern Dance Technique: Level II 2
DANC 221 Ballet II 2
DANC 222 Jazz Dance II 2
SUBJ 139University Seminar 1 3
ENGL 102 Critical Writing 3
Creative and Aesthetic Inquiry 3
 Hours18
Spring
DANC 224 Improvisation 3
DANC 216 Principles of Dance Production 3
DANC 220 Modern Dance Technique: Level II 2
DANC 221 Ballet II 2
DANC 299 Dance Rehearsal and Production 1
ENGL 104 Critical Reading 3
Select one of the following: 3
Civil Discourse: Theory & Practice  
Ethics and Civil Discourse  
Civil Discourse and Democracy  
 Hours17
Second Year
Fall
DANC 200 Dance Composition I 3
DANC 298 Selected Topics 2
DANC 324 Music for Dance 3
DANC 320 Modern Dance Technique: Level III 2
DANC 321 Ballet III (Elective) 2
MATH 117 Quantitative Reasoning 3
Humanities Inquiry 3
 Hours18
Spring
DANC 199 LMA/Performance Techniques 3
DANC 322 Jazz III 2
DANC 321 Ballet III 2
DANC 320 Modern Dance Technique: Level III 2
DANC 305 Society and Social Dance (Elective) 3
Social Science Inquiry 3
SCI 101 Science of Life 3
 Hours18
Third Year
Fall
DANC 420 Modern Dance Technique: Level IV 2
DANC 424 Contemporary Partnering 2
DANC 421 Ballet IV (Elective) 2
DANC 300 Dance Composition II 3
DANC 318 Dance in the Political World (Thread) 3
DANC 399 Repertory (Elective) 2
SCI 102 Understanding the Physical World 3
 Hours17
Spring
DANC 326 Dance Kinesiology 3
DANC 419 Dance in Contemporary Times 3
DANC 420 Modern Dance Technique: Level IV 2
DANC 422 Jazz IV 2
DANC 271 Dance Technology (Elective) 3
DANC 223 Creative Dance for Children 3
Thematic Thread Requirement 3
*Additional credits beyond 18 require an extra fee  
 Hours19
Fourth Year
Fall
DANC 323 Teaching of Dance 3
DANC 350 Field Experience in Dance Technique 1
DANC 425 Senior Capstone I: Dance Research 3
DANC 426 Modern Dance Technique: Level V 2
DANC 421 Ballet IV (Elective) 2
Thematic Thread Requirement 3
 Hours14
Spring
DANC 428 Modern Dance Technique: Level VI 2
DANC 322
Jazz III (Elective)
or Jazz IV
2
DANC 430 BFA Capstone II: Performance, Choreography, and Credit Hours Entrepreneurship 3
DANC 499 Dance Rehearsal and Production (Elective) 1
Select one of the following: 3
Dance Internship  
Independent Study  
Workshop  
Thematic Thread Requirement 3
 Hours14
 Total Hours**135
  • The BFA in dance major will need to make sure they take a Rock Studies Thread that has DANC 305 or DANC 318. Students will need to register for DANC 305 or DANC 318 and this will count in Rock Studies and the dance major program.
  • All BFA students must progressively develop technical competencies and reach proficiency standards in Modern Dance to the highest Level of DANC 428-Modern VI in order to graduate. Additionally, BFA-PECH students must reach level IV proficiency in either Ballet and Jazz techniques.
  • Dance Elective courses provides opportunities for students to choose the coursework appropriate to their individual needs and interests; while remaining consistent with the goals and objectives of the professional undergraduate degree program being followed.

Major Code: 5153
Concentration Code: PECH
Revision date: 10-2019

** This document is meant to serve as a guide. Some planners may show more than 120 credits because faculty have created flexibility in choosing courses.  However, only 120 credits are required to obtain a degree. Please consult with your academic adviser and refer to your curriculum guide prior to registering for courses. This plan should be reviewed, and verified, by you and your academic adviser at least once each academic year.