Courses & Requirements

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: DAN-111, 112, 113, 211, 212, 213, 311, 312, 313.  Students are required to achieve advanced-level proficiency in two techiniques (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: THE-131; DAN-314 (taken twice), 315, 317, 340
  3. One of the following: THE-325 or DAN-308 (taken through ARCHE at Emory University)
  4. One of the following: DAN-400 or 410

All dance majors and minors must audition for Dance Program faculty to determine proper placement in studio coursework.

Dance Courses

DAN-111: Introduction to Ballet (1.00)

Introduction to Ballet Beginning ballet technique, terminology and history as well as the Cecchetti position.

DAN-112: Introduction to Modern Dance (1.00)

Introduction to Modern Dance Beginning modern dance technique, improvisation and elements of contemporary dance.

DAN-113: Introduction to Jazz Dance (1.00)

Beginning elements of jazz dance explored along with jazz technique, terminology, and history.

DAN-211: Intermediate Ballet (1.00)

Beginning ballet technique, ballet history and terminology, as well as the Cecchetti body positions.

Course requisites: 111

DAN-212: Intermediate Modern Dance (1.00)

Beginning modern dance technique, improvisation, and elements of contemporary dance are emphasized.

Course requisites: 112

DAN-213: Intermediate Jazz Dance (1.00)

Intermediate elements of jazz dance are explored along with jazz technique, terminology and history.

Course requisites: 113

DAN-308: History of Dance (4.00)

Explorations from origins of dance to the present with concentration on court dance and beginnings of ballet through modern and contemporary forms.

DAN-311: Advanced Ballet (1.00)

Advanced ballet technique and terminology, as well as Cecchetti instruction.

Course requisites: 211

DAN-312: Advanced Modern Dance (1.00)

Advanced modern dance technique, improvisation, and intermediate elements of contemporary dance are emphasized.

Course requisites: 212

DAN-313: Advanced Jazz Dance (1.00)

Intermediate elements of jazz dance are explored and intermediate jazz technique is emphasized.

Course requisites: 213

DAN-314: Dance Performance (1.00)

Supervised rehearsal and performance resulting in a public presentation. May be repeated once for credit.

DAN-315: Choreography I (4.00)

This course includes actual choreographic work presented in a variety of public settings and public performances.

DAN-316: Topics in Choreography (2.00)

This abbreviated version of Choreography I will explore skills and techniques necessary to develop dance compositions.

DAN-317: Choreography II (4.00)

This course will consist of exploring all ranges of dance composition using the elements of levels, space, time, rhythm, dynamics, textures, and styles.

Course requisites: DAN-315 Choreography I

DAN-340: Labanotation (4.00)

Labanotation is one form of documenting dance using abstract symbols to describe what the body does to perform movement. Students would learn basic symbols and concepts to allow them to read and document movement phrases.

DAN-400: Senior Project (4.00)

Culminating project in dance performance, choreography, dance research or other dance-related endeavor. Open only to senior dance majors with the instructor's permission.

DAN-410: Directed Reading (1.00)

Directed reading courses are offered by all academic programs and are open to qualified juniors and seniors to pursue reading outside a program's listed courses. Nonmajors who demonstrate sufficient preparation in the discipline may also apply. Applications to take directed reading are available in the Office of Academic Advising. A 410 course carries 1 to 4 semester hours of credit.

Theatre Courses

THE-131: Acting I (4.00)

As a foundation in acting technique, exercises and presentations contribute to the process of freeing the student's imagination and creativity for application toward scene study and class performance.

THE-325: Contemporary Theatre (4.00)

A study of current theatrical practice including background from significant movements in the twentieth century. In addition to important American commercial productions, topics may include fringe and alternative theatre, international artists and considerations of selected locales.

Requirements for the Dance Minor

The dance minor requires a minimum of 20 credit hours in the discipline.  Course requirements are as follows:

  1. A minimum of four credits in dance technique (studio coursework): The dance minor must reach standing in the advanced level (300 level) in one dance technique (ballet, modern or jazz).  The dance minor must reach standing in the intermediate level (200 level) in one other dance technique, typically one to two credits.
  2. DAN-315, DAN-317, THE-131
  3. One of the following: DAN-308 (taken through ARCHE at Emory University), DAN-340, or THE-325

A dance minor is encouraged to pursue active participation in the Studio Dance Theatre, the Agnes Scott student dance company.

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