Academic Catalog 2021-2022

Slippery Rock University

Dance, Bachelor of Arts (BA)

Dance – Bachelor of Arts

The Bachelor of Arts degree in Dance provides superior education in performance, choreography, and teaching, with additional components of wellness for dance, dance technology, and intercultural experience, preparing students for their chosen profession and entrepreneurial role in society. 

This nationally renowned and rigorous program provides a comprehensive dance education that is compatible with other academic disciplines for students desiring a double major. The BA in dance can be completed in four years or on a compressed 3-year accelerated schedule.

Bachelor of Arts in Dance: 40-42 credits

The BA program attracts a diverse population of students who are interested in a well-rounded program that allows for multiple performance and choreography opportunities, including both live and virtual (dance for the camera) performances.  In addition to the many performing and choreography opportunities, Dance BA students will learn to expand and perfect artistic and research abilities through various courses in technique, performance, choreography, dance history, wellness for dance and teaching. Dance BA students complete a capstone course in the senior year, ensuring a well-rounded education relevant for dance professionals in the 21st century.  Our graduates are enjoying multi-layered careers in dance, including dance company members, dance teachers and professors, independent dance artists, wellness and fitness specialists, art administrators, adaptive dance instructors, costume and lighting designers, and other related careers.

The application and synthesis of practice and theory competencies are required for employment in the dance field. It is recommended that BA students be enrolled in a minimum of one technique class per semester. Competency based assessments will be used to determine level of proficiency, advancement in technique and performance, and synthesis of knowledge. The systematic assessment procedures developed by the dance faculty were created in conjunction with the National Association of Schools of Dance standards for professional degree programs. By the end of the final year, BA dance students must demonstrate the following technical proficiency requirements:

  • Level IV in Modern Dance (required)
  • Level III in Ballet (recommended)
  • Level III in Jazz Dance (recommended)

Program Learning Outcomes

  • 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: Demonstrate writing that is clear, cohesive, and relevant to the dance field, utilizing appropriate vocabulary, grammar, research, and citation methods.
  • Teaching: Organize the knowledge, skills, aesthetics and art of dance into effective, ethical and responsible teaching practices.
  • Technique: Demonstrate mastery of the core concepts in dance technique and performance in DANC 420 (modern dance technique IV).
  • Wellness: Students will apply dance wellness principles in the areas of performance, teaching, and choreography.

Related Links

Dance, BA Program Page

Dance Department Page

Professional Licensure/Certification Page

Curriculum Guide

GPA Requirement

Major GPA: 2.0 or higher
Overall GPA: 2.0 or higher

Summary*

Rock Studies Requirements42
Modern Language Requirement0-9
Other Basic Requirements0-3
Computer Competency0-3
Major Requirements41-42
Electives36

* 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

BA Modern Language Requirement

BA degree requires language proficiency at the 103 class level. Exemption by placement or examination is possible.

Complete 0-9 credits0-9
Total Hours0-9

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 Requirements

  • 21 major credits must be taken at SRU or PASSHE
  • 21 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 323Teaching of Dance 13
DANC 324Music for Dance 13
DANC 326Dance Kinesiology 13
DANC 350Field Experience in Dance Technique 11
DANC 419Dance in Contemporary Times 13
DANC 420Modern Dance Technique: Level IV 12
DANC 425Senior Capstone I: Dance Research 13
Subtotal38
Additional Core Requirements
Select 3 or 4 credits from one of the following groups:3-4
Group 1: Dance Theory and Practice (Technique)
Select two of the following courses bringing your total BA degree to 42 credit hours:
Ballet III 1
Jazz III 1
Contemporary Partnering 1
Group 2: Composition and Technology
Select one course bringing your total BA degree to 41 credit hours:
Dance Technology 1
Dance Composition II 1
Group 3: Social and Historical Perspectives
Select one course bringing your total BA degree to 42 credit hours:
Society and Social Dance 1
Dance in the Political World 1
Subtotal3-4
Total Hours41-42

Competency Based Requirements for the BA in Dance Degree Program of Study

Competency based assessments will be used to determine level of proficiency, advancement in technique and performance, and synthesis of knowledge. The systematic assessment procedures developed by the dance faculty were created in conjunction with the National Association of Schools of Dance standards for liberal arts degree programs. By the end of the final year, BA dance students must demonstrate the following technical proficiency requirements:

  • Level IV in Modern Dance (required)
  • Level III in Ballet (recommended)
  • Level III in Jazz Dance (recommended)

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. Career education and development
  2. Field experiences
  3. Guest artist residencies and repertory experiences
  4. High-impact practice (HIP) courses and activities
  5. International study programs (short-term, semester)
  6. Internships
  7. Residential dance companies
  8. Service opportunities
  9. Student-faculty research and creative projects
  10. Student leadership development and opportunities
  11. Summer dance intensives and workshops

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

Dance - BA (5153)
This program is effective as of Fall 2020.
Revision date: 07.09.2021
UCC 03.02.2021 

Recommended Four-Year Plan

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
FallHours
DANC 101 Wellness for Dancers 3
DANC 220 Modern Dance Technique: Level II 1 2
DANC 221 Ballet II 1 2
DANC 222 Jazz Dance II (Or Computer Competency Requirement) 2
SUBJ 139University Seminar 2 3
ENGL 102 Critical Writing 3
Creative & Aesthetic Inquiry 3
 Hours18
Spring
DANC 224 Improvisation 3
DANC 216 Principles of Dance Production 3
DANC 220 Modern Dance Technique: Level II 1 2
DANC 221 Ballet II 1 2
Select one of the following: 3
Civil Discourse: Theory & Practice  
Ethics and Civil Discourse  
Civil Discourse and Democracy  
ENGL 104 Critical Reading 3
Determine additional 3-4 credits of core requirements from one of these groups: 3-4
Dance Theory and Practice (Technique); Composition and Technology Social and Historical Perspectives. These courses will be listed as electives in upcoming semesters 5
 
 Hours19-20
Second Year
Fall
DANC 200 Dance Composition I 3
DANC 298 Selected Topics 2
DANC 320 Modern Dance Technique: Level III 1 2
Select one of the following: 2-3
Dance Technology 6  
Jazz Dance II  
Ballet III  
MATH 117 Quantitative Reasoning 3
Humanities Inquiry 3
Social Science Inquiry 3
Note: Taking more than 18 credits requires an additional fee  
Declare a Thematic Thread 3  
 Hours18-19
Spring
DANC 199 LMA/Performance Techniques 3
DANC 223 Creative Dance for Children 3
DANC 299
Dance Rehearsal and Production
or Dance Rehearsal and Production
1
DANC 320 Modern Dance Technique: Level III 1 2
DANC 324 Music for Dance 3
Select one of the following: 3
Society and Social Dance (Thread)  
Dance in the Political World (Thread)  
SCI 101 Science of Life 3
 Hours18
Third Year
Fall
DANC 420 Modern Dance Technique: Level IV 2
Select one of the following: 2
Jazz Dance II (Elective) 1  
Ballet III (Elective) 1  
Select one of the following: 3-5
Repertory (Elective)  
Dance Rehearsal and Production (Elective)  
Dance Technology 6  
Dance Composition II  
Dance in the Political World 4  
Contemporary Partnering 4  
SCI 102 Understanding the Physical World 3
Thematic Thread Requirement 3
Language Requirement 3
 Hours16-18
Spring
DANC 326 Dance Kinesiology 3
DANC 419 Dance in Contemporary Times 3
DANC 420 Modern Dance Technique: Level IV 1 2
Language Requirement 3
Thematic Thread Requirement 3
Thematic Thread Requirement 3
DANC 499 Dance Rehearsal and Production (Elective) 1
 Hours18
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 499 Dance Rehearsal and Production (Elective) 1
Select a Dance Technique Elective (Ballet, Contemporary Partnering, Jazz Modern) 2
Language Requirement or Dance Elective 3
Thematic Thread Requirement 3
December Graduation  
 Hours16
 Total Hours**123-127
  • The BA in dance 1st majors 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 major. *If dance is a student‘s second major then they need to select group 3: Social and Historical Perspectives to complete their requirements.
  • Proficiency Requirements allows the student to develop and demonstrate progression toward reaching departmental technique proficiency requirements and meeting performance competency accreditation standards for dance majors pursuing an undergraduate liberal arts degree.
  • Students must successfully complete DANC 420 Modern IV level competency in order to graduate.
  • 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 liberal arts degree program being followed.

** 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. 

Major Code: 5153
Revision date: 08.03.2021