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CATALOG • 2009-2010

Dance – Major/Minor

For information, contact Robin Gerchman.

The dance program at Cedar Crest provides multiple perspectives and experiences for understanding dance as a discipline. The basis for dance is movement as universal language and symbol system for acquiring knowledge. Emphasis is placed on how dance connects with other disciplines within the liberal arts. Students majoring in dance choose electives in psychology, business or theatre which help them focus their curriculum and prepare them for graduate study or careers after graduation. Three departmental concerns and numerous student concerts are produced annually featuring students, faculty and alumnae. Steinbright Dance Studio hosts most of the dance technique classes with concerns held in the Abram Samuels Theatre. The Cedar Crest Dance Company features dancers at the college who are studying ballet, jazz, tap and modern, many from diverse majors across the campus. The dance program is open to all students regardless of major. A grade of C or better is required in all courses taken for application toward all major requirements in the performing arts.

Competencies and Assessment in Dance

1. An initial assessment of each student's prior skills and experience is done upon declaring the major in dance. A written assessment is placed in their file.
2. Attendance at the First Friday Performing Arts Noon Series is required each term for declared majors. Presentations are required once each year. All presentations are expected to be works in progress and can be drawn from class work or independent work. Additionally, all performing arts majors are required for graduation to attend a minimum of eight cultural events at Cedar Crest (2 in each area: art gallery openings or talks, music concerts, dance concerts, and theatre productions). Advisors keep a written record of students' attendance.
3. Junior and senior dance majors are required to register for advanced technique classes.
4. Students are expected to be familiar by graduation with the major choreographers, styles and periods.
5. Mid-year reviews are conducted for all dance majors. Reviews take place during FNA 100.  All majors are expected to meet with the departmental faculty to review their progress from class work to performance. Failure to comply will require the student to submit a five page analysis of her work to date. Mid-year reviews are required for certification.
6. By spring of the junior year, students submit project proposals for approval. All majors are expected to make an oral presentation on a designated First Friday briefly presenting the progress and plans for their project in spring of the junior year.
Senior Project: All majors must produce a major creative project in order to graduate. Students present a project proposal for departmental approval and seek an advisor for the project by May 1. No projects proceed without departmental approval. This project is included in Fine Arts 353.
7. Graduating seniors will participate in exit interviews with departmental faculty. This major requires the completion of the performing arts core courses plus the completion of the major requirements.

Requirements for the Dance Major

Performing Arts Core Curriculum
DNC 102 Experiencing Movement I 3 credits
FNA 100 First Friday (4 x .5) 2 credits
FNA 252 Fine Arts Seminar 3 credits
FNA 353 Senior Project (2 x 3) 6 credits
MUS 101 Experiencing Music 3 credits
THS 100 Experiencing Theatre 3 credits
THS 105 Public Speaking 3 credits
THS 106 Forensic Speech Team 1 credit
THS 109 Prose & Poetry: Oral Interpretation 3 credits

Students complete the performing arts core plus the following requirements
DNC 104 Experiencing Movement II 3 credits
DNC 226 Dance Improvisation 3 credits
DNC 321 Dance Composition II 3 credits
DNC 235 History of Dance 3 credits
DNC 236 Cultural Dynamics of Movement 3 credits
DNC 237 History of Dance II 3 credits
DNC 280 Dance Pedagogy 3 credits
DNC 320 Dance Composition 3 credits
NTR Any Nutrition Course 1-3 credits
DNC Technique Classes* (18 credits total)
BIO 117 Human Anatomy & Physiology 4 credits
BIO 260 Kinesiology 4 credits

*Students must complete 3 credits of ballet dance technique at intermediate and advanced levels and 3 credits of intermediate and advanced levels in modem technique. Additional courses in tap and jazz may also be completed at the intermediate or advanced levels to fulfill technique requirements. Total technique credits required: 18.

Plus Choose three of the following classes
ACC 101 Financial Accounting 3 credits
BUA 110 Principles of Management 3 credits
BUA 300 Writing for Management 3 credits
EDU 100 American Education 3 credits
PSY 201 Optimal Wellness 3 credits
PSY 224 Women in the Workplace 3 credits
PSY 250 Lifespan Development 3 credits
PSY 309 Abnormal Psychology 3 credits
PSY 351 Theories of Personality 3 credits
THS 150 Stagecraft 3 credits
THS 201 Beginning Acting 3 credits
THS 202 Acting II 3 credits
THS 251 Practicum 3 credits
THS 335 Creative Drama in Education 3 credits

Requirements for the Dance Minor (22 credits)

DNC 102 Experiencing Movement I 3 credits
DNC 104 Experiencing Movement II 3 credits
DNC 115 Human Movement Potential 1 credit
DNC 235 History of Dance I 3 credits
DNC237 History of Dance II 3 credits
DNC 320 Dance Composition 3 credits
MUS 101 Experiencing Music 3 credits
THS 100 Experiencing Theatre 3 credits