The undergraduate curriculum, which leads toward a B.A. degree in Dance, offers students a solid foundation in the core areas of the discipline as well as insights into cross-disciplinary fields of study.
Coursework is designed to help students become skillful, articulate, and expressive movers; to enable students to find their own voice as creative artists, develop the ability to work effectively in a collaborative environment, and to grow in their conceptual understanding of dance as an art form.
The cornerstones of the curriculum are foundational coursework in the first two years. The project based learning or advanced seminar experiences in the senior year engage students in interdisciplinary and/or cross-cultural work and offer in-depth exploration of a theme from a performance, choreographic, and theoretical perspective. Students select an area of emphasis in performance and choreography, production, or education.
Foundational sequences in technique , creative process, and choreography, which integrate a conceptual understanding of dance as an art form, are at the core of the discipline. Through these fundamental practices of the discipline, students gain, not only necessary skills, but also an embodied knowledge of the field.
The dance faculty is composed of a number of distinguished teachers, choreographers, performers, and scholars, each one a specialist in his or her own field. Visiting artists and guest artists make additional contributions to the program. There are performance and choreographic opportunities for all dance students, ranging from informal workshops to fully mounted concerts both on and off campus.
Courses offered by this department may be found under the following acronym(s): DANC, TDPS
Admission to the Major
An audition is not required to become a dance major. For more information contact the Coordinator of Student Services Susan Miller at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The University of Maryland School of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies advances and transforms the research and practice of theatre, dance, and performance studies through its commitment to excellence and innovative education in the performing arts.
We envision a School that serves as a national model for collaboration, innovation, and entrepreneurship in the performing arts. The undergraduate curriculum, which leads toward a B.A. degree in Dance, offers students a solid foundation in the core areas of the discipline as well as insights into cross-disciplinary fields of study. Coursework is designed to help students become skillful, articulate, and expressive movers; to enable students to find their own voice as creative artists, develop the ability to work effectively in a collaborative environment, and to grow in their conceptual understanding of dance as an art form in relation to the other arts.
Students must complete 49 credits. The following courses or areas are required:
|DANC218||Modern Dance I||3|
|DANC219||Modern Dance II||3|
|DANC318||Modern Dance III||3|
|DANC319||Modern Dance IV||3|
|DANC109||Choreography I: Improvisation||3|
|DANC207||Choreography II: The Creative Process||3|
|DANC383||Dance History & Theory||3|
|DANC304||Dance Education I: Foundations||3|
|One of the following:||3|
|Seminar in Dance|
|4 credits of Dance Forms selected from:||4|
|Global Dance Forms|
|Area of Emphasis||12|
12 credits of 3xx or 4xx level course work in an area of emphasis in performance and choreography or in production, or education.
Areas of Emphasis
Performance and Choreography
Students in the Performance and Choreography area are expected to enroll in a technique class each semester and to be actively engaged in experiences that transition them from the classroom to the stage. Opportunities for engagement include auditioning for student, faculty, and guest artist works, showing works in progress at monthly open showings, and auditioning works for performances.
|TDPS479||Production Practicum 1||1|
|DANC309||Choreography III: Dance Composition||3|
|Select an additional 5 credits of the following:||5|
|Modern Dance V 2|
|Modern Dance VI 2|
|Laban Movement Analysis|
|Practicum in Choreography, Production and Performance III|
|Practicum in Choreography, Production and Performance IV|
|Special Topics in Dance|
Additional courses approved by the program.
This is in addition to the 1 credit required of all majors.
|TDPS479||Production Practicum 1||3|
|Select an additional 9 credits of the following:||9|
|Technical Theater Production for Dance|
|Fundamentals of Theatrical Design|
|Stage Costume Construction I 2|
|Scenic Design I 2|
|Costume Design I 2|
|Lighting Design I 2|
|Rendering for the Theatre I 2|
|Scene Painting 2|
|Advanced Stage Management 2|
This is in addition to the 1 credit required of all majors.
Permission required courses
|DANC405||Dance Education II: Education & Policy||3|
|DANC466||Laban Movement Analysis (DANC489F::3xx or 4xx level Global Movement Practice)||3|
|DANC338||Global Movement Practices||2|
A grade of "C-" or higher must be attained in all dance courses.
An overall GPA of 2.0 in the major is required for graduation.
Other Requirements for the Major
The Mid-Point assessment gives the program a mid-course opportunity for learning outcomes assessment. In preparation for the assessment, students prepare a portfolio that includes a resume, samples of their writing, and a DVD with examples of their work in technique and choreography classes. The Mid-Point assessment is a benchmark requirement in the program. All transfer students, as well as students who declare Dance after their first semester on campus, will be assigned an assessment date when they meet with their Dance advisor to develop an academic plan. Students who do not complete the assessment process in their assigned semester will not be permitted to continue in the major. Completion is defined as submission of a portfolio and participation in a scheduled assessment meeting.
The Dance program has mandatory advising each semester. New, re-entering, and transfer students are expected to contact the program, following their admission to the University, for instructions regarding advising and registration procedures. Although entrance auditions are not required, some previous dance experience is highly desirable.
For additional information about the program contact:
Coordinator of Student Services and Academic Advisor
2810 Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center
University of Maryland
College Park, Maryland 20742