The six-credit curriculum for a minor in dance is designed to provide a broad perspective and solid foundation in the technical, theoretical, and practical experience necessary for the development of intelligent dance artists. The minor is intended to enable liberal arts students who are pursuing other challenging academic disciplines the opportunity to explore high quality dance, performance, and research throughout their college career. The curriculum acknowledges studio training as paramount to the field of study, offering classes in a variety of dance styles, with an emphasis on proficiency in both ballet and modern techniques. Many technique and performance courses are repeatable for credit in recognition of the importance of consistent and ongoing training at the appropriate level. Dance history and composition form the core of the theoretical requirements and are enhanced by cross-disciplinary course work in costume, lighting, scenic, sound design, or another complimentary discipline.

Students minoring in dance are expected to participate in dance productions throughout their Bucknell career. Performance and choreographic opportunities include mainstage and showcase concerts in the Harvey M. Powers Theatre, Weis Center for the Performing Arts, Tustin Studio Theatre, and alternative spaces. Weekly, semester-long rehearsals and guest artist residencies for dancers of every level provide opportunities to learn original choreographies, classic reconstructions, and cultural forms.

Students interested in a minor in dance, should contact the Director of Dance for guidance on the curriculum.

The minor in dance is structured as follows:

Theory Requirements (three course credits)

DANC 250: History of Dance - full credit
DANC 262: Dance Composition - full credit

And an additional course focusing on a related element of dance including:

THEA 246: Scene Design - full credit
THEA 248: Lighting Design - full credit
THEA 251: Costume Design - full credit

Additional classes are subject to approval.


Technique Requirements (three course credits total
)

Students are required to complete the following advanced technique courses:

DANC 220: Modern Dance Technique II - half credit
DANC 240: Ballet Technique II - half credit

Additionally, students must complete two of the following advanced technique courses:

DANC 205: Jazz Dance Technique II - half credit
DANC 220: Modern Dance Technique II - half credit
DANC 240: Ballet Technique II - half credit
DANC 320: Modern Dance Technique III - half credit
DANC 340: Ballet Technique III - half credit

Students may also choose up to two alternative dance techniques including:

DANC 105: Jazz Dance Technique I - half credit
DANC 120: Modern Dance Technique I - half credit
DANC 140: Ballet Technique I - half credit
DANC 200: Art of Chinese Watersleeve - half credit
DANC 205: Jazz Dance Technique II - half credit
DANC 220: Modern Dance Technique II - half credit
DANC 240: Ballet Technique II - half credit
DANC 263: World Dance and Culture - half credit
DANC 265: Dance of Eastern Europe - half credit
DANC 273: American Social Dance - half credit
DANC 320: Modern Dance Technique III - half credit
DANC 340: Ballet Technique III - half credit
DANC 355: Pointe and Variations - half credit

 

105. 

Jazz Dance Technique I (I; R; 0, 3) Half course.

Beginning-level course on jazz as an American vernacular dance form emphasizing its roots in African and Latin cultural rhythms, as well as contemporary technique.

120. 

Modern Dance Technique I (I or II; R; 0, 3) Half course.

Beginning level technique emphasizing the basic principles of different modern dance styles, dynamics and alignment through floorwork, locomotor patterns, improvisation and movement combinations.

140. 

Ballet Technique I (I; R; 0, 3) Half course.

Beginning-level ballet course emphasizing fundamental classical ballet technique and vocabulary necessary for performance.

200. 

The Art of Chinese Watersleeve (I; 0, 2) Half course.

Studio training in the classical and folk dance forms of China, including Chinese traditional dance and specialized props, such as watersleeves, fans, ribbons, etc. Dance experience required.

205. 

Jazz Dance Technique II (AI and/or AII; R; 0, 3) Half course.

Intermediate/advanced jazz dance course emphasizing complex combinations in technique and rhythm of American vernacular, Broadway, and contemporary jazz.

207. 

Musical Theatre (AI or AII; 1, 2)

An experiential study of musical theatre as an art form with unique conventions and aesthetics, focusing on the performance and production elements of the Broadway stage. Some experience suggested. Crosslisted as THEA 207. Prerequisite: permission of the instructor.

220. 

Modern Dance Technique II (I and/or II; R; 0, 3) Half course.

Intermediate-level technique exploring the basic principles of different modern dance styles, alignment, dynamics, and musically through floorwork, locomotor patterns, and movement combinations. Prerequisite: DANC 120.

240. 

Ballet Technique II (I and/or II; R; 0, 3) Half course.

Intermediate-level ballet course emphasizing the development of technique and performance aesthetics.

250. 

History of Dance (I; 3, 0)

Survey of Western and non-Western dance forms both as reflective of cultural history and as an art form from ancient times to the present.

262. 

Dance Composition (II; 3, 2)

Introduction to the fundamental elements and underlying principles of the craft and art of dance composition emphasizing practical experience in structuring solo and group choreography.

263. 

World Dance and Culture (I; R; 0, 3) Half course.

Study of specific dance technique, performance theory, repertory section, and/or methodology emphasizing an experiential understanding of the specific genre.

265. 

Dance of Eastern Europe (II; 0, 2) Half course.

Studio-based course to introduce dances of Eastern Europe that reflect the diversity of the region.

273. 

American Social Dance (I; 3, 0) Half course.

No experience required. A kinesthetic American history course, this class will focus on the various popular dance forms of the 20th century common to American dance halls, television and movies, stage, and streets.

275. 

Dance Conditioning (I or II; 0, 3) Half course.

Introduction to principles of conditioning emphasizing strengthening, alignment, flexibility, and injury prevention through such integrative techniques as Pilates, Yoga, Floor Barre, and other body/mind systems.

319. 

Individual Projects (I or II; R)

Individual, special projects supervised by instructor. Prerequisites: junior or senior status and permission of the instructor.

320. 

Modern Dance Technique III (AI; R; 0, 3) Half course.

Advanced-level technique refining principles of different modern dance techniques, alignment, dynamics, and artistry through complex floorwork, locomotor patterns, and movement combinations. Prerequisite: DANC 220.

335. 

Advanced Training and Technique (AII; 0, 2)

This course is designed to supplement rigorous physical training for advanced dancers with ballet, jazz, and/or modern backgrounds. Prerequisites: DANC 205, DANC 220, or DANC 240 and permission of the instructor.

340. 

Ballet Technique III (AI; R; 0, 3) Half course.

Advanced-level ballet course emphasizing technical precision and expressive qualities in complex contemporary and classical ballet combinations.

355. 

Pointe and Variations (AII; R; 0, 2) Half course.

Advanced pointe technique emphasizing individual artistic development using classical or contemporary variations appropriate for each student's skill level and interest. Previous pointe experience required.

360. 

Rehearsal and Performance (I and II; R; 0, 3) Quarter course.

Quarter-course credit for substantial participation in dance production. Prerequisite: permission of the instructor.

Course offered occasionally

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