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The dance program at Cedar Crest College allows you to view the art of dance from multiple perspectives to fully understand it as a discipline of study. As a dance major at Cedar Crest College, we see you gaining the knowledge and skills necessary to explore your own unique and creative expression through workshops and performance pieces.

Dance majors are encouraged  participate in two performances a year, including one choreographed by students themselves and to also participate in theater productions such as plays and musicals.

You will be instructed by a knowledgeable and experienced faculty, as well as encouraged to interact and work with your peers. This interaction challenges you to explain and articulate the meaning behind your creative pieces. It also enables you to improve as an artist, while practicing important skills, such as teamwork and critical thinking.

Cedar Crest emphasizes how dance connects with other disciplines within a liberal arts education. Given the framework for the exploration of your style, you will learn to combine your artistic expression with your other studies and interests, including those that may not directly relate to dance.

Dance at Cedar Crest offers you many creative opportunities 

  • Opportunities to participate in dance performances starting your first year
  • Opportunities to enhance your skill and experience as a choreographer
  • Opportunities to develop your own dance production with lighting and costuming ,
  • Opportunities to audition each year for or the Cedar Crest Dance Company ensembles , choreographed by professional instructors
  • Opportunity to create a new dance work as part of DANCE OUTREACH and teach dance workshops in local elementary schools fulfilling the Ethics requirement

Dive A Little Deeper

 Dance Major

Total number of credits required: 48


ART 221 Exploring Art Across Discipline 3 credits
DNC 226 Dance Improvisation 3 credits
DNC 235 Dance in the Western World 3 credits
DNC 236 Cultural Dynamics of Movement
DNC 380 Dance Pedagogy 3 credits
DNC 320 Dance Composition 3 credits
EXS 202 Kinesiology 3 credits
PER 100 Portfolio Workshop (4 x 1) 4 credits
PER 350 1  Independent Research. 1 credit
PER 351 Junior Year Prospectus 1 credit
PER 352 Senior Thesis Project 1 credit
PER 353 Senior Thesis Project 1 credits
THS 105 Public Speaking 3 credits
THS 251 Practicum: Arts Management 1 credit
BUA 110 Survey of Business Principles 3 credits

Studio requirements – Technical Courses (choose 12 credits)

Fulfillment of LAC Requirements:

The Information Literacy requirement for Dance majors is fulfilled through:
PER 100 Portfolio Workshop

The Technology requirement for Dance majors is fulfilled through:
PER 100 Portfolio Workshop; PER 351 Junior Year Prospectus, 352-353 Senior Seminar

Oral Presentation requirement for Dance majors is fulfilled through:
THS 105 Public Speaking; PER 351 Junior Year Prospectus 352-353 Senior Thesis Project

Dance Minor

Program Requirements 18 credits

At least 12 credits of course work in the minor must be taken at Cedar Crest College.

DNC 102 Introduction to Dance 3 credits
DNC 235 Dance in the Western World 3 credits

DNC 226, 236, 254, 320,380, (select 2) 6 credits
Studio Requirements -Technique Classes (select 2) 6 credits

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Cooperative Agreements

Cedar Crest College collaborates with several academic institutions to provide our students with innovative pathways that help them succeed in their chosen fields.

The dance major requires students to complete one off-campus experience during the school year or summer. This experience can be found under PER 350 Independent Research. Many students have completed this requirement at their home studios. There are also many opportunities within the Lehigh Valley for students as well.

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Facilities and Technology

Dance students have access to two fully equipped dance studios, dance costume storage, and in their senior year a fully funded dance project, a theatrical performance space with a full light plot.

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