Major

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The dance major or minor experiences dance as a cultural endeavor in the liberal arts tradition. This program prepares the student to dance and perform in a variety of settings and combines the discipline of dance with other areas of study.  One credit dance technique courses (111, 112, 113, 211, 212, 213, 311, 312 and 313) may be counted toward the physical education requirement. If the student elects this option, the course will carry no credit and will be graded on a pass/fail basis. Courses taken to fulfill the physical education requirement cannot apply to the dance minor.

Major Student Learning Objectives - Students graduating with a Dance major from Agnes Scott College will be able to:

  • demonstrate a physical and conceptual understanding of dance techniques, concepts, artistry and terminology and apply them in performance;
  • demonstrate dance literacy, which includes the ability to use Labanotation and analysis;
  • demonstrate command of the choreographic tools necessary to creating and directing their own work;
  • demonstrate a kinesthetic awareness of how to use the body as an instrument in creating expressive and unique movements through improvisation;
  • demonstrate compositional elements such as space, time, energy and intent in the creation of a piece of choreography;
  • demonstrate advanced concepts of composition such as ABA, rondo, canon, theme and variation, and use of site-specific choreography;
  • critically analyze the elements of a dance performance or production.
Requirements for the Dance Major
The dance major requires a minimum of 40 credit hours in the discipline. Course requirements are as follows:
1. Dance Technique: 14 hours drawn from the studio courses:
Dance 111, 112, 113, 211, 212, 213, 311, 312, 313
Students are required to achieve advanced level proficiency in two techniques (ballet, modern or jazz). Dance technique courses may be repeated for credit. Courses used for Physical Education credit may not count toward the Dance Major. (Note that dance students typically enroll in one or two credits of technique courses per semester)
2. Each of the following courses: Theatre 131, Dance 314 (taken twice), 315, 317, 340
3. One of the following: Theatre 325 or Dance 308 (taken through ARCHE at Emory University)
4. One of the following: Dance 400 or 410