Catalog • 2011-2012

Dance - Major/Minor

For information, contact Robin Gerchman.

Program Description

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 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. At least 15 credits of course work in the major must be taken at Cedar Crest College.

Program Mission Statement

The Dance Program at Cedar Crest College is grounded in the Liberal Arts and is an interdisciplinary approach of synergizing the Liberal Arts. Dance is a form of specialized knowledge that enables the creation of expressiveness. It is also, however, a mode of problem solving, analyzing and developing insights. It is a way of thinking, understanding, and knowing. Other disciplines such as the sciences, social sciences and humanities provide critical context for the work of the dancer and are critical to the development of thoughtful, engaged, inquiring dance students. Dance is an art form critical to providing balance to the work of the aforementioned majors. It provides an opportunity, for example, for the science-driven student to balance modes of learning in a holistic manner. A convergence of dance and other disciplines enhances students’ knowledge base as well as open more doors of opportunity regarding career choices. It enables all members of the college community to benefit from an experience in the Performing Arts. Courses provided engage students in the exploration of ideas which affect society and the human condition. Nu Delta Alpha, the dance honor society, provides students the opportunity of civic engagement through community outreach. The Cedar Crest College student who majors in dance is an independent thinker and displays self-initiative through creative projects both in research and performance.

Total number of credits required: 48.5

Program Requirements

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. At least 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.
  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 PER 100. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.

Dance Major

Requirements for the Dance Major

DNC 103 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 Performing Arts Electives in Music and/or Theatre 3 credits
BIO 260 Kinesiology 4 credits
PER 100 First Friday (4 x .5) 2 credits
PER 252 Sophomore Seminar 3 credits
PER255 Portfolio Preparation 1 credit
PER 353 Senior Project 5 credits
THS 105 Public Speaking 3 credits

Fulfillment of LAC Requirements:

The Information Literacy requirement for Dance majors is fulfilled through:
PER 100 First Friday
PER 252 Sophomore Seminar

The Technology requirement for Dance majors is fulfilled through:
PER 255 Portfolio Preparation
PER 353 Senior Seminar

Oral Presentation requirement for Dance majors is fulfilled through:
THS 105 Public Speaking

Students may take any two courses approved as fulfilling the Mathematics & Logic requirement

Dance Minor

DNC 103 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