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Dance (DAN)

Associate Professor Newland, Chair
Associate Professor Morton
Assistant Professor Mitchell
Associate Professor Tucker Wagnon
Assistant Professor E. Wright
Specialty Instructor Bower
Specialty Instructor Inman
Specialty Instructor E. Rockwell

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 to prepare themselves for graduate school, modalities for ministry, and careers in dance performance, dance education, and allied fields in dance.  Dance students will have real-world experience through DAN 450, Dance Internship, whether conducting a specific research project or in a professional position within an approved private or public firm.

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

  1. DAN 147, 148, 170, 243 or 244, 270, 300, 343 or 344, 370, 375, 475 or 476, two consecutive semesters of 400, 411, 443 or 444, and DAN 401 and Lab I and DAN 402 and Lab II. (Prerequisites for DAN 401 and DAN 402 are BIO 105 and 107 or 106 and 108. Dance majors with a Natural Science ACT score of 25 or higher are exempt from the BIO 105 and 107 but not BIO 106 and 108. (SAT composite score of 1300 or above are exempt from BIO 105 and 107 but not BIO 106 and 108.) Dance Majors are required to take three credits of Biology and one credit of Biology lab&
  2. Minimum of 18 hours of dance-technical studies, including DAN 225-226 or higher, or DAN 233-234 or higher.  A technique class is required each semester.
  3. Minimum of 10 credit hours in performance/choreography studies.
  4. 9 credit hours of Dance History consisting of DAN 360, 361, and 362.  DAN 361 is recommended for Ballet emphasis, 362 is recommended for Modern emphasis.
  5. 17 credit hours of Dance Education and senior projects.

 

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

  1. DAN 147, 148, 170, 243, 244, 270, 300, 301, 343, 344, 370, 371, 375, 475 or 476, two consecutive semesters of 400, 411,  443, 444, 470, and DAN 401 and Lab I and DAN 402 and Lab II.  (Prerequisites for DAN 401 and DAN 402 are BIO 105 and 107 or 106 and 108. Dance majors with a Natural Science ACT score  of 25 or higher are exempt from BIO 105 and 107 but not BIO 106 and 108. (SAT composite score of 1300 or above are exempt from BIO 105 and 107 but not BIO 106 and 108.) Dance Majors are required to take three credits of Biology and one credit of Biology lab .
  2. Minimal total of 24 hours in dance technical studies, with at least two courses taken for audit or credit in a second technique per academic year.  Primary technique is required every semester for credit or audit.
  3. Minimum of 19 credit hours in performance/choreography studies.
  4. 6 credit hours of Dance History consisting of DAN 360, and 361 or 362.  DAN 361 is recommended for Ballet, 362 is recommended for Modern.
  5. 17 credit hours of Dance Education and senior projects.
  6. 7 hours of electives in studio work.
  7. To meet B.F.A. in dance requirements, the student must achieve and maintain DAN 433-434 or DAN 425-426 by one semester prior to graduation.

 

Minor in dance: 24 hours in dance courses, including DAN 147 and 148, 170, 225-226 or higher, or DAN 233-234, or higher, and one of the following courses DAN 300, 301, 375, 360, 361, 362, 475 or 476 .  Not open to students majoring in dance. A technique class is required 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 133 or higher, DAN 125 or higher, DAN 170, DAN 151 (Pilates), DAN 370, and DAN 147.  The spring semester should include DAN 134 or higher, DAN 126 or higher, DAN 270, DAN 251 (Pilates), DAN 371, and DAN 148.

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.

115 Beginning Ballet Technique (1).  (For non-majors)  (Fall only)
116  Beginning Ballet Technique (1). Prereq: DAN 115 or Instructor’s Approval.  (For non-majors)  (Spring only)
117 Beginning Modern Dance Technique (1).  (For non-majors)  (Fall only)
118 Beginning Modern Dance Technique (1). Prereq: DAN 117 or Instructor’s Approval. (For non-majors.)  (Spring only)
120 Looking at Dance (3).
Survey course introducing general college students to diverse forms of dance created and practiced by various societies in the world. In this course we survey the amazing variety of dance in the world from this larger cultural perspective, examining the values that societies express in their dances.  (Lecture/Studio)  (Spring only) 
125-126 Ballet Technique I (1-1).  Prereq: Placement Class or Instructor’s Approval.
Beginning/Intermediate ballet technique.  (125, fall only; 126, spring only)
133-134  Modern Dance Technique I (1-1).  Prereq: Placement Class or Instructor’s Approval. 
Beginning/Intermediate modern dance technique.  (133, fall only; 134, spring only)
147 Orientation to Dance (1). 
An introduction of dance studies at Belhaven University and a survey of dance as an art form and its related area, including health and wellness, auditioning, rehearsal etiquette, performance and performance preparations, character, worldview and cultural issues.  (Fall only)
148 Performance Techniques (1).  Prereq: Instructor’s Approval.
A continuation of DAN 147, this course is designed to broaden the student’s perspectives on dance, moving toward artistry with attention given to examining detail of movement, looking into the choreographic intention behind dance works, and questioning how all of these apply to a biblical world and life view as well as to our individual choices as dance artists. Includes the study of one to two choreographic works.  (Spring only)
151  Pilates I (2).  Prereq: Instructor’s Approval.
A physical fitness system that increase strength and flexibility through dynamic range of motion and focuses on developing core muscles through awareness of breath and alignment.  (Fall only)
152 Pointe Technique I (1). Prereq: Placement Class or Instructor’s Approval. 
Beginning/Intermediate pointe technique.  (Fall and spring)
153   Men’s Technique I (1). Prereq: Placement Class or Instructor’s Approval. 
Classical technique course in the study of the specific technical demands for the male dancer.  (Fall only)
154  Pas de Deux I (1). Prereq: DAN 152 or DAN 252 and Instructor’s Approval.
Partnering techniques and sustained adagio for the classical ballet.  (Spring only)
155 Men’s and Women’s Variations I (1). Prereq: DAN 153 or DAN 352, and Instructor’s Approval.
Variations from extant classical and neoclassical repertoire.  (Spring only)
156 Partnering Techniques (1). Prereq: DAN 270 and Instructor’s Approval.     
Partnering techniques for modern dance.
159  Related Dance Forms I (1). Prereq: Instructor’s Approval.
Dance technique course concentrating on the different techniques of various dance forms other than classical ballet and modern dance.
170 Improvisation I (1).  Prereq: Instructor’s Approval.
Introduction to principles of improvisation, utilizing basic elements of movement, movement qualities, spatial awareness, vocabulary development, and spontaneous creative decision making.  (Fall only)
225-226 Ballet Technique II (1/2-1/2).  Pre-req.: DAN 125-126 and Instructor’s Approval. 
Intermediate ballet technique.  Continuation of DAN 125-126.  (225, fall only; 226, spring only)
233-234 Modern Dance Technique II (1/2-1/2).   Prereq: DAN 133-134 and Instructor’s Approval. 
Intermediate modern dance technique.  (233, fall only; 234, spring only)
243-244 Performance II (1-1).  Prereq: DAN 148 and Instructor’s Approval.  (243, fall only; 244, spring only)
251 Pilates II (1/2).  Prereq: DAN 151 and Instructor’s Approval. 
Continuation of DAN 151.  (Spring only)
252 Pointe Technique II (1).  Prereq: DAN 152 and Instructor’s Approval. 
Intermediate pointe technique.  Continuation of DAN 152.  (Fall and spring)
253  Men’s Technique II (1). Prereq: DAN 153 and Instructor’s Approval. 
Continuation of DAN 153.  (Fall only)
254 Pas de Deux II (1). Prereq: DAN 154 and Instructor’s Approval. 
Continuation of DAN 154.  (Spring only)
255 Men’s and Women’s Variations II (1).  Prereq: DAN 155 and Instructor’s Approval.   
Continuation of DAN 155.  (Spring only)
256  Partnering Techniques II (1). Prereq: DAN 270 and Instructor’s Approval.                 
Partnering techniques for modern dance.
257 Jazz Technique (1). Prereq: Instructor’s Approval.
Intermediate Jazz Technique.  (Fall only)
258 Jazz Technique (1). Prereq: DAN 257 and Instructor’s Approval.
Intermediate/ Advanced Jazz Technique.  (Spring only)
259  Related Dance Forms II (1/2). Prereq: DAN 159 and Instructor’s Approval.
Continuation of DAN 159. 
261 Dance Theory (2).
Intellectual history of 20th-century dance theory; study of theory and aesthetics as they relate to dance.
270 Improvisation II (1).  Prereq: DAN 170 and Instructor’s Approval. 
Continuation of DAN 170.  (Spring only)
275 Laban/Bartenieff Studies (2).
Introduction to Rudolf Laban’s system of movement analysis (LMA). The LMA framework examines the interrelated aspects of body effort and space with an emphasis on qualitative description of movement. This course also explores the fundamentals developed by Irmgard Bartenieff who created a system of body reeducation and movement repatterning. The course offers a means to increase the expression and performance range of the dancer or athlete. 
280  Dance Notation (2) Prereq: Instructor’s Approval
A course in motif writing, based on The Language of Dance (LOD) and Labanotation (Spring only)
281  Tap I (1) Prereq: Instructor’s Approval
A survey of varied tap styles from both a historical and contemporary perspective with emphasis on musical theater.  Beginner/ intermediate.  (Fall only)
282   Tap II (1) Prereq: Instructor’s Approval
Continuation of DAN 281. Intermediate/ advanced.  (Spring only)
290   Independent Study (1-3).
300  Dance Production I (2).
This course will guide a student through the administrative needs, grant writing requirements and the promotional elements associated with running a dance company or self-producing your artistic product.  (Fall, even years)
301 Dance Production II (2).
This course provides an overview of the technical elements such as lighting, sound, and management elements such as box office and advertising elements of producing a dance event.  (Spring, odd years)
325-326  Ballet Technique III (1/2-1/2).  Pre-req.: DAN 225-226 and Instructor’s Approval.
Intermediate/Advanced ballet technique.  Continuation of DAN 225-226.  (325, fall only; 326, spring only)
333-334  Modern Dance Technique III (1/2-1/2).  Prereq: DAN 233-234 and Instructor’s Approval.
Intermediate/Advanced modern dance technique. Continuation of DAN 233-234.  (333, fall only; 334, spring only)
343-344  Performance III (1-1).  Prereq: Dan 148.
Continuation of DAN 243-244.  (343, fall only; 344, spring only)
345  Dance Ministry (2).  Prereq:  Instructor’s Approval.
Students will gain instruction and training specifically designing dances, text and other materials necessary for ministry, worship services, workshops, and outreach.  (Spring only)
351 Related Dance Forms III (2).  Prereq: Instructor’s Approval.
Physical Theatre.  (Spring only)
352 Pointe Technique III (1).  Prereq: DAN 252 and Instructor’s Approval. 
Advanced/Pre-professional pointe technique.  Continuation of DAN 252.  (Fall only)
353 Men’s Technique III (1). Prereq: DAN 253 and Instructor’s Approval. 
Continuation of DAN 253.  (Fall only)
354  Pas de Deux III (1).  Prereq: DAN 254 and Instructor’s Approval.
Continuation of DAN 254.  (Spring only)
355 Men’s and Women’s Variations III (1).  Prereq: DAN 255 and Instructor’s Approval.
Continuation of DAN 255.  (Spring odd years)
356 Partnering Techniques III (1).  Prereq: DAN 256 and Instructor’s Approval.
Continuation of DAN 256.  (Spring only)
359 Related Dance Forms III (2) Prereq: DAN 259 and Instructor’s Approval.
Continuation of DAN 259. 
360  Dance History I (3).
History and philosophy of dance; ritual and social components of dance; dance in early cultures; origins of dance as a theatrical art form through the early Renaissance.  (Fall 2011, Spring 2013, Fall 2014)
361 Dance History II (3).
History and philosophy of dance; evolution of dance as a theatrical art form from the Renaissance to the 20th century and dance in cultural context; ballet history.  (Spring 2012, Fall 2013, Spring 2015)
362  Dance History III (3).
History and philosophy of dance; evolution of dance in the 20th century; dance in contemporary cultural context; current contemporary trends in dance.  (Spring 2011, Fall 2012, Spring 2014)
 370 Elements of Composition I (2). Prereq: DAN 170, 270 and Instructor’s Approval. 
Study of basic rhythmic, spatial, and dynamic materials in the designing of dance movement.  (Fall only)
371 Elements of Composition II (2). Prereq: DAN 170, 270, 370 and Instructor’s Approval. 
Continuation of DAN 370.  (Spring only)
375  Dance Pedagogy (2). Prereq. or Coreq.: Prereq: Instructor’s Approval. 
Must be currently enrolled in a Level I (or higher) Technique course.  A study of the principles, techniques and materials of teaching creative dance in studios, recreation departments and k-12 public education. Includes supervised teaching experiences.  (Fall only)
390   Independent Study (1-3).
400  Senior Project (1/2).  Prereq:  Instructor’s Approval.
Culminating process in coordination with and upon approval of dance faculty. The project may include research, performance, choreography, production, or a combination of these.  This course should be taken in fall and spring of senior year.  (Fall and spring)
401  Dance Kinesiology I (3) and Lab I (1):  Prereq: Instructor’s approval
An introductory course for dance majors in principles of kinesiology for dance emphasizing anatomy, physiology, and movement analysis using concert dance as the reference model. (Fall only)
402 Dance Kinesiology II (3) and Lab II (1): Prereq: Dance Kinesiology I and Lab I
This course expands on the skills and knowledge acquired in Dance Kinesiology I and Lab I. Students will be directed to assess their strengths, weaknesses, and anatomical differences through a battery of tests and measurements relevant to dance technique.  It emphasizes conditioning principles, injury prevention, and an appreciation of wellness concerns as they relate to dance. Appropriate individualized conditioning programs will be designed and implemented by the students specific to their kinesiological needs. (Spring only)
411  Careers in Dance (2).  Prereq:  Instructor’s Approval.
This course facilitates an inquiry into the breadth of occupations and professional applications in the field of dance. The course intends to help orient the student to skills and bodies of knowledge to pursue and manage a professional career in dance and/or allied professions, and to address choices and character from a biblical worldview.  (Spring odd years)
425-426 Ballet Technique IV (1/2-1/2).  Pre-req.: DAN 325-326 and Instructor’s Approval.
Advanced/Pre-Professional ballet technique. Continuation of DAN 325-326.  (425, fall only; 426, spring only)
433-434 Modern Dance Technique IV (1/2-1/2).  Prereq: DAN 333-334 and Instructor’s Approval. 
Advanced/Pre-Professional modern dance technique.  Continuation of DAN 333-334.  (433, fall only; 434, spring only)
443-444  Performance IV (1-1).  Prereq: DAN 148. 
Continuation of DAN 343-344.  (443, fall only; 444, spring only)
450 Dance Internship  (1-3)
This course is designed to give the student practical experience in either conducting a specific research project or in a professional position within an approved private firm or public agency.  May combine work in residence with a  dance company or ministry entity, site visitations to various facilities in pursuit of a particular preapproved topic, or a combination of documented experiences in the field.  This course is open only to junior and senior dance majors. The internship may be repeated once and is graded on a pass or fail basis.
453 Men’s Technique IV (1). Prereq: DAN 353 and Instructor’s Approval. 
Continuation of DAN 353.  (Fall only)
454 Pas de Deux IV (1).   Prereq: DAN 354 and Instructor’s Approval.
Continuation of DAN 354.  (Spring only)
455 Men’s and Women’s Variations IV (1).  Prereq: DAN 355 and Instructor’s Approval.
Continuation of DAN 355.  (Spring only)
456   Partnering Techniques IV (1).   Prereq: DAN 256 and Instructor’s Approval.
Continuation of DAN 256. 
460  Dance and Technology (2).  Prereq:  DAN 370, 371 and Instructor’s Approval. 
Must be currently enrolled in a Level II (or higher) Technique course. Topics in dance relating to multi-media, computer-assisted choreography, video, film, CD-Rom, etc. Includes final project.  (Spring only)
470  Choreography (2). Prerequisite: DAN 170, 270, 370, 371, and Instructor’s Approval.
Study of choreographic forms and structures, musical forms, components of dramatic and stylistic forms. Includes choreographic project.  (Fall only)
475 Teaching Methods – Ballet (2). Prereq. or Coreq.: DAN 170, 225/226, and Instructor’s Approval. 
Must be currently enrolled in a Level II (or higher) Technique course.  Methods for teaching ballet technique to prepare for teaching in studios, recreation departments, and public schools. Includes field work.  (Spring only)
476 Teaching Methods – Modern (2). Prereq. or Coreq.: DAN 170, 233/234, and Instructor’s Approval. 
Must be currently enrolled in a Level II (or higher) Technique course.  Methods for teaching modern dance technique to prepare for teaching in studios, recreation departments, and public schools.  Includes field work.  (Fall only)
490  Special Topics in Dance (1-3).  Prereq: Instructor’s Approval.
This course covers selected areas not studied extensively in other dance related courses and may be repeated for different topics. 

 

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