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CATALOG • 2010-2011

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 concerts and numerous student concerts are produced annually featuring students, faculty and alumnae. Steinbright Dance Studio hosts most of the dance technique classes with concerts 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. All dance majors are obliged to abide by the written Performing Arts Departmental Policies. A grade of C or better is required in all courses taken for application toward all major requirements in the performing arts. 15 credits of course work in the major must be taken at Cedar Crest College.

 

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.

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 their junior year.

7. 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 April 1.No projects proceed without departmental approval. This project is included in Fine Arts 353.

8. All Performing Arts Majors are required to participate in a minimum of two faculty supervised Musical Ensembles, Dance Productions, Theatre Productions and/or Performing Arts Practicums.

9. Graduating seniors will participate in exit interviews with departmental faculty.

 

 

Requirements for the Dance Major:                                   (49.5 credits)

DNC 104 Experiencing Movement: Dance as a Medium               3 credits

DNC 226 Dance Improvisation                                                   3 credits

DNC 235 History of Dance I                                                       3 credits

DNC 237 History of Dance II                                                      3 credits

DNC 280 Dance Pedagogy                                                        3 credits

DNC 320 Dance Composition                                                    3 credits

DNC Technique Classes*                                                           7.5 credits

DNC Studio Elective:                                                                 3 credits

DNC Related Electives:                                                             3 credits

     Related Performing Arts Electives in Music and/or Theatre                

BIO 260 Kinesiology                                                                  4 credits

FNA 100 First Friday (4 x .5)                                                      2 credits

FNA 252 Sophomore Seminar                                                    3 credits

FNA 255 Portfolio Preparation                                                   1 credit

FNA 353 Senior Project                                                             5 credits

THS 105 Public Speaking                                                           3 credits

 

 

 

Technology, Oral Presentation and Information Literacy requirements (for majors) are fulfilled through the following course:

FNA 100 First Friday

FNA 252 Sophomore Seminar

FNA 255 Portfolio Preparation

FNA 353 Senior Seminar

 

Requirements for the Dance Minor                                    (18 credits)

DNC 104 Experiencing Movement: Dance as a Medium               3 credits

DNC 235 History of Dance I                                                       3 credits

DNC 237 History of Dance II                                                      3 credits

DNC 280 Dance Pedagogy                                                        3 credits

DNC Technique Classes*                                                           6 credits

Last Updated: 6/28/10