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The Bachelor of Science Degree - Dance

The B.S. degree provides wide theoretical and practical study of dance and is a good option for students wishing to pursue a major in another discipline. It requires 57 dance credits plus an additional five GER/LSR credits. Students who earn a B.S. degree in an area of dance study will have a strong liberal arts foundation with which to dance and teach professionally, to continue their studies in dance on the graduate level, or to enter a variety of other fields after graduation. Possible dance-related careers include teaching in private studios; performing, choreographing for the stage, video, and film; dance therapy, dance criticism, dance research, and many others.

Each freshmen cohort is assigned a faculty advisor who works with the group until graduation. In their first year all dance majors receive targeted advisement from Karen McShane-Hellenbrand.  Faculty Advisors assist students in choosing classes, and evaluating their degree path and progress. Students undergo a yearly review with a faculty panel to assess the student’s progress in their degree program. Faculty advisors in the department include: Kate Corby, Andrea Harris, Li Chiao-Ping, Marlene Skog, Chris Walker and Jin-Wen Yu.

Major Requirements for the B.S. Degree in Dance

NOTE: Students should refer to the UW-Madison undergraduate catalog for official degree information and see their advisor before finalizing course schedules.

Discipline-related GER/LSR. Complete 5 credits:

Anat 329 Human Anatomy-Kinesiology OR 560 Anatomy for Dancers, 2 Credits 200 Writing the Moving Body, 3 credits

Dance Technique & Theory. Complete 24 credits:

111-412 Contemporary Dance Technique & Theory, 14 credits (6 cr must be from 211-412)         125-426 Ballet Technique, 8 credits (4 credits must be 225 or above)  

Choose 2 credits from: 001 Hip Hop; 001 Tai Ji; 116 Workshop in World Dance Activity; 118 African Dance; 121 Asian American Movement; 218 African Dance Performance; and 321 Javanese Performance


Body Studies and Critical & Creative Investigations. Complete 33 credits:

131 Somatic Theory & Practices, 2 credits
140 Dance Production, 2 credits
156 Movement as Material through Improvisation, 2 credits
157 Intro to Movement Analysis, 2 credits
162 First Year Workshop, 1 credit
240 Dance Production Lab, 1 credit
241*Music Fundamentals, 3 credits
255 Movement Composition for the Performing & Visual Arts, 2 credits
265 Dance History I: Dance Art from the Renaissance to the 1950’s, 3 credits
341 Sound Design for the Perf & Visual Arts OR 345 Video Design for the Perf & Visual Arts, 3 credits
355 Dance Composition II, 2 credits
365 Dance History II: Directions and Issues of Contemporary Dance, 3 credits
451-552 Dance Repertory Theater, 3 credits
462 Senior Seminar, 3 credits
463** Senior Project, 1 credit     

*Please note: Dance 241 Music Fundamentals has Music 151 or consent of instructor as a prerequisite.
**Note that B.S. Dance students must present their senior projects in an approved public forum.

BS Dance degree sheet

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