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Would you like to learn and perform repertory from renowned choreographers? Perform in works that have become famous in dance history? Gain insight into notable dancers’ careers? Attend the American College Dance Festival?

Consider a major or minor in dance at Agnes Scott. As a liberal arts discipline, dance blends practical studio work with theoretical studies in areas such as dance history, labanotation and critical thought.

Elevate Your Body and Mind
In the Agnes Scott dance program, you’ll not only gain physical enjoyment from the mastery of dance technique and creative expression, but also a scholarly understanding of dance’s historical legacy and sociological impact. Whether it’s ballet, modern dance, jazz, choreography or Labanotation, the dance program offers a well-rounded, creative and critical approach to dance through technique, terminology and history.

Perform Historic and Contemporary Works
Dance students have the opportunity to join Studio Dance Theatre, the college’s student ensemble. Student dancers have performed the works of pioneers such as Helen Tamiris, Charles Weidman, Doris Humphrey, Marius Petipa and Ruth St. Denis, as well as guest artists such as Jack Clark, Elizabeth Higgins, Randy James, Royce Zackery, Mary Seidman, Christian Clark, Jonathan Rieder and Leymis Bolanos. The diversity of formats allows students to showcase their versatility through classical and revolutionary movements.

Gain Practical Experience 
Students have recently completed internships at Several Dancers Core, The Atlanta Ballet and The Decatur School of Ballet. These internships include assistant teaching, office work and studio supervision.

How will this degree help me when I graduate?
As a graduate, you can:

  • Enroll in a Master of Fine Arts program in dance, choreography or performance
  • Enroll in a Master of Arts program in arts administration
  • Become a professional dancer or performer
  • Become a choreographer
  • Become a dance historian and/or writer
  • Teach dance or choreography
  • Pursue a career in notating and preserving dance through Labanotation
  • Pursue a degree in physical therapy

Dance Courses

DAN-111 INTRODUCTION TO BALLET (1)

Introduction to ballet technique, terminology and history

DAN-112 INTRODUCTION TO MODERN DANCE (1)

Introduction to modern-dance technique and improvisation

DAN-113 INTRODUCTION TO JAZZ DANCE (1)

Introduction to jazz dance elements along with jazz technique, terminology and history

DAN-211 INTERMEDIATE BALLET (1)

Intermediate ballet technique, terminology and history

DAN-212 INTERMEDIATE MODERN DANCE (1)

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

DAN-213 INTERMEDIATE JAZZ DANCE (1)

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

DAN-240 DANCE KINESIOLOGY (4)

A study the basic anatomy of bodies in motion by comparing normal and deviated skeletal and muscular systems. Primary emphases include the understanding of physical systems and the detection and prevention of injuries.

DAN-308 HISTORY OF DANCE (4)

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)

Advanced ballet technique and terminology.

DAN-312 ADVANCED MODERN DANCE (1)

Advanced modern dance technique, improvisation and contemporary forms

DAN-313 ADVANCED JAZZ DANCE (1)

Advanced elements of jazz dance and jazz technique

DAN-314 DANCE PERFORMANCE (1)

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

DAN-315 CHOREOGRAPHY I (4)

Exploration of skills and techniques necessary for students to develop dance compositions

DAN-316 TOPICS IN CHOREOGRAPHY (2)

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

DAN-317 CHOREOGRAPHY II (4)

Exploration of all ranges of dance composition using the elements of levels, space, time, rhythm, dynamics, textures and styles

DAN-340 LABANOTATION (4)

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

DAN-400 SENIOR PROJECT (4)

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 (1-4)

Directed reading courses are open to qualified juniors and seniors to pursue reading outside a program's listed courses. Please see the Special Curricular Opportunities section for more information.

DAN-440 DIRECTED RESEARCH (1-4)

Directed research courses are open to junior and senior majors to work with a faculty member on a project related to particular field of intellectual or artistic interest. Please see the Special Curricular Opportunities section for more information.

DAN-450 INTERNSHIP (1-4)

Please see the Special Curricular Opportunities section for more information.

DAN-490 SENIOR THESIS (4)

A senior thesis gives superior students the opportunity to write a thesis about a project related to particular field of intellectual or artistic interest. Please see the Special Curricular Opportunities section for more information.