The Dance Certificate is a 19-credit program, open to all students. Students who pursue a Dance Certificate often have a background in dance, but may not be seeking a degree in dance. Others are beginning dance students.
The program provides a foundation in contemporary dance practice and theory, as well as offering opportunities in a variety of movement, somatic, and creative practice courses including contemporary dance, ballet, movement analysis, improvisation, dance composition, as well as dance history. The certificate also offers students the flexibility of choosing among a wide variety of courses that may interest them, including hip-hop, African, Tai Ji, among others. Students may also participate in performance opportunities if they have an interest in performance.
Undergraduate students in good academic standing, with a cumulative GPA of 2.50 or higher, may declare this certificate.
Students must meet with the dance certificate advisor to discuss their intention to pursue the certificate. Students will enroll in two semesters of dance technique and apply for admission to the Dance Certificate at the end of the second semester. Students intending to pursue the Dance Certificate should visit the School of Education's Certificate Programs page to complete the declaration form.
The Dance Certificate requires the following course distribution for a minimum of 19 credits.
Contemporary Dance Technique and Theory
Select 6 credits from the following:
Contemporary Dance Technique and Theory I
Contemporary Dance Technique and Theory II
Contemporary Dance Technique and Theory III
Contemporary Dance Technique and Theory IV
Contemporary Dance Technique and Theory V
Contemporary Dance Technique and Theory VI
Select 2 credits from the following:
Ballet Technique I
Ballet Technique I-B
Ballet Technique II
Ballet Technique II-B
Ballet Technique III
Ballet Technique III-B
Select 2 credits from the following. Students may also select from Additional Techniques workshops listed under DANCE 110 Workshop in Dance Activity or DANCE 560 Current Topics in Dance: Workshop .
Workshop in Dance Activity (Hip Hop)
Workshop in Dance Activity (Tai Ji)
Workshop in World Dance
DANCE/ASIAN AM 121
Asian American Movement
African Dance Performance
Cultural Cross Currents: West African Dance/Music in the Americas
Javanese Performance Repertory
Additional Required Courses
Somatic Theory and Practices
or DANCE 157
Introduction to Movement Analysis
Movement as Material Through Improvisation
Movement Composition for the Performing and Visual Arts
Dance History I: Dance in the Modern Era
or DANCE 365
Dance History II: Directions and Issues of Contemporary Dance
Certificate COMPLETION REQUIREMENT
This undergraduate certificate must be completed concurrently with the student’s undergraduate degree. Students cannot delay degree completion to complete the certificate.
Demonstrate technical specificity, musicality and artistic confidence in ballet and contemporary dance techniques through sequenced skill level progressions.
Recognize, identify and embody a wide range of somatic theories and practices and produce work investigating its impacts and uses in contemporary dance as practice.
Demonstrate an intermediate level of contemporary dance literacy and artistry.
Develop and practice vocabulary and methodology for analyzing and discussing dance in performance and historical contexts and begin to respond critically and thoughtfully to dance scholarship.
Information about faculty, staff, and other contributors to the Department of Dance can be found on the department's website.