Dance (DAN)

Associate Professor Bower, Chair
Associate Professor Morton
Associate Professor E. Rockwell
Associate Professor Tucker Wagnon
Associate Professor Wright
Specialty Instructor O. Rockwell
Specialty Instructor Sweatt
Specialty Instructor Whitehead

The mission of the dance department is to prepare students spiritually, technically, academically, and artistically to move into the world of dance and affiliated careers in adherence with the mission of the University. This degree program provides a Bachelor of Arts in dance, a Bachelor of Fine Arts in dance, and a minor in dance. These tracks enable students to develop their God-given talents in dance as well as its allied fields and to understand dance from a biblical perspective. Students receive a broad liberal arts and dance education as preparation for graduate school, modalities for ministry, and careers in dance performance, dance education, and allied fields in dance. Belhaven University is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Dance (NASD)

 

Bachelor of Arts in Dance: Meeting a minimum of 124 credit hours to include:

Dance Technical Studies: Minimum 21 credits of dance technique courses, including:

DAN B21-B28 Ballet Technique II or higher or DAN M21-M28 Modern Technique II or higher

DAN 215 Conditioning for Dancers (1)

*A ballet and modern technique/studio course are recommended each semester.

*Technique/studio courses include Ballet, Pointe, Modern, Partnering Techniques, Variations, Pas de Deux, Men's Technique, Jazz, Tap, Conditioning for Dancers, and Pilates.

 

Performance and Choreography Studies: Minimum 7 credits to include:

DAN 290 Special Topics in Dance Performance (1)

DAN 170 Improvisation I (1)

DAN 243 or 244 Performance II (2)

DAN 270 Improvisation II (1)

DAN 370 Elements of Composition I (2)

 

Dance Studies (History and Theory): Minimum 28 credits to include:

DAN 147 Orientation to Dance (1)

DAN 185 Principles of Dance Health (2)

DAN 186 Nutrition for Dance (1)

DAN 187 Structural Analysis for Dancers (1)

DAN 188 Rhythmic Theory for Dancers (1)

DAN 300 Production I/DAN 301 Production II/DAN 460 Dance and Technology (choose 2 courses; 4 credits total)

DAN 360 Dance History I (3)

DAN 361 Dance History II (3)

DAN 375 Dance Pedagogy (2)

DAN 400 Senior Project (must complete two consecutive semesters of DAN 400; 4 credits total)

DAN 401 Dance Kinesiology (3)

DAN 411 Careers in Dance (2)

DAN 475 Teaching Methods Ballet or DAN 476 Teaching Methods Modern (2)

 

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance: Meeting a minimum of 128 credit hours to include:

Dance Technical Studies: Minimum 38 hours of dance technique courses, including:

DAN B41-B48 Ballet Technique IV or DAN M41-M48 Modern Technique IV

DAN 215 Conditioning for Dancers (1)

*A minimum of three technique/studio courses (4 credits) are recommended for each semester.

*BFA students must achieve/maintain Ballet Technique IV OR Modern Technique IV one semester prior to graduation.

*Technique/studio courses include Ballet, Pointe, Modern, Partnering Techniques, Variations, Pas de Deux, Men's Technique, Jazz, Tap, Conditioning for Dancers, and Pilates.

 

Performance and Choreography Studies: Minimum 21 credits to include:

DAN 290 Special Topics in Dance Performance (1)

DAN 170 Improvisation I (1)

DAN 243 Performance II (2)

DAN 244 Performance II (2)

DAN 270 Improvisation II (1)

DAN 343 Performance III (2)

DAN 344 Performance III (2)

DAN 370 Elements of Composition I (2)

DAN 371 Elements of Composition II (2)

DAN 443 Performance IV (2)

DAN 444 Performance IV (2)

DAN 470 Choreography or DAN 471 Choreography and the Camera (2)


Dance Studies (History and Theory): Minimum of 24 credits

DAN 147 Orientation to Dance (1)

DAN 185 Principles of Dance Health (2)

DAN 187 Structural Analysis for Dancers (1)

DAN 188 Rhythmic Theory for Dancers (1)

DAN 300 Production I/DAN 301 Production II/DAN 460 Dance and Technology (choose 2 courses; 4 credits total)

DAN 360 Dance History I or DAN 361 Dance History II (recommended); (3)

DAN 375 Dance Pedagogy (2)

DAN 400 Senior Project (students must complete 2 consecutive semesters of DAN 400; 4 credits)

DAN 401 Dance Kinesiology (3)

DAN 411 Careers in Dance (2)

DAN 475 Teaching Methods Ballet or DAN 476 Teaching Methods Modern (2)

 

Minor in Dance: 24 hours in dance courses, including:

DAN 147 Orientation to Dance (1)

DAN 290 Special Topics Dance Performance (1)

DAN 170 Improvisation I (1)

DAN B21-B28 or DAN M21-M28 or higher (1)

One of the following courses: DAN 300 Production I (2), or DAN 301 Production II (2), or DAN 460 Dance and Technology (2), or DAN 375 Dance Pedagogy (2), or DAN 360 Dance History I (3), or DAN 361 Dance History II (3), or DAN 475 Teaching Methods Ballet (2), or DAN 476 Teaching Methods Modern (2)

*A technique class is recommended each semester.

 

Certificate in Dance: 21-24 hours

The Certificate in Dance requires 21-24 credit hours and takes two consecutive semesters (beginning in the fall) to complete, with some flexibility to facilitate appropriate substitutions.  This program is not the equivalent of a major in dance.

 

The fall semester should include:

DAN M11/M13 Modern Dance Technique I or higher

DAN B11/B13 Ballet Technique or higher

DAN 290 Special Topics in Dance Performance

DAN 151 Pilates 

DAN 170 Improvisation I

DAN 370 Elements of Composition I

 

The spring semester should include:

DAN M12/M14 Modern Dance Technique I or higher

DAN B12/M14 Ballet Technique I or higher

DAN 270 Improvisation II

DAN 251 Pilates

DAN 371 Elements of Composition II

DAN 290 Special Topics in Dance Performance

 

All students will be assigned an appropriate level in dance technique courses. Only students who demonstrate the skill necessary for the next level of work upon completion of a studio technique course will be permitted to enroll at the next level.  If not, they will be expected to continue at their level of technique until they are ready to advance. Majors and minors are required to attend and participate in the weekly department meetings and must make arrangements to do so.

 

Dance Apprentice Program

The Belhaven University dance apprentice program is an opportunity for talented high school students pursuing a highly advanced level of study in dance and desiring instruction and performance experience through Belhaven University courses and faculty.

 

The program offers apprentices the opportunity to earn college credits while continuing to complete their high school curriculum. Tuition is offered at 50 percent of the current rate per credit hour. Students must be in good scholastic standing and must be available to attend all sessions of the technique and performance courses in which they enroll. Students will participate as apprentice members of the Belhaven University Dance Ensemble.

The following are required at the time of application:

1.         Minimum age of 15 by September 1

2.         Completed application for admission and $25 nonrefundable application fee

3.         Achieved and maintaining a 2.8 GPA

4.         Academic reference and recommendation

5.         Student's letter of intent

6.         Personal interview with the chair of the dance department and the director of admission.

7.     Audition in person for the chair of the dance department and dance faculty for admission to the program.

 

If eventually degree-seeking, the student would follow the standard requirements for admission while earned credit would be transferable.

 

The number of semester hours an apprentice can attempt is unlimited, but restricted to dance technique courses only. After attempting six semester hours in lecture or laboratory courses, he or she must either apply as a degree-seeking student or make a request to be continued as an apprentice.

 

Apprentices are accountable to the chair of the dance department and will be graded on the same scale as Belhaven University dance students. Apprentices will be obligated to continue participation for one full semester at a time unless there is cause for discontinuation on the part of the faculty or due to physical injury or other plausible hardship. Under all circumstances, an exit interview with the chair of the dance department is required.


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