The Department of Theatre and Dance offers a B.A. in Dance and a B.A. in Dance with K-12 Teacher Certification.
The B.A. degree in dance aligns with the university's liberal arts-based vision of education that encourages breadth of knowledge. Faculty shape class projects and mentor students in production work in a way that promotes collaboration – an essential skill for success in the performing arts and a very valuable skill in any profession. All dance majors have opportunities to assume artistic leadership roles during their academic careers in the department. Advanced students take on solo performance roles, stage management positions and choreograph pieces in student concerts. Select students choreograph their own full-length dance productions.
Faculty members individually mentor majors so that they will be successful in the dance program and in preparing for careers. The dance faculty conducts a placement class at the beginning of the fall semester as an assessment of modern and ballet technique proficiency for all new dance majors (whether first-time or transfer students). Faculty use this placement class to recommend enrollment in the appropriate level of technique for each student. All dance majors are required to complete a sophomore review in their fourth semester. In this review the students demonstrate proficiency in modern and ballet technique and present their resumes/portfolios to faculty. Faculty members work with the students to improve their presentation skills, discuss their progress in the program and explore their future goals. In their senior year all majors take DANT 432: Careers and Current Trends in Dance and demonstrate proficiency in modern and ballet technique a final time. In their last semester all majors complete an exit interview as a final step to prepare them for careers. Dance majors also enroll in the Dance Forum course every semester. This course includes guest speakers from a wide variety of arts-related fields who share information with dance majors about careers. Dance majors also participate in master classes presented by professional dancers from companies such as Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Parsons Dance Company, as well as from local/regional companies.
Our season of productions typically includes one faculty-choreographed concert in our mainstage proscenium space – Johnson Theatre. The Department of Dance also produces a musical every year, often produced in collaboration with the Department of Music. The season also includes two student choreography showcases (choreographed by advanced dance majors) in Johnson Theatre and one or two concerts prepared by select students. Students and faculty in the department regularly participate in the annual Charlotte Dance Festival every fall. Ensembles of our students also perform at the annual ChristmasVille Festival in Rock Hill and tour to local K-12 schools every spring. Faculty and select students travel every spring to the regional American College Dance Festival to perform.
For details about the curriculum for the B.A. in Dance and the B.A. in Dance with K-12 Teacher Certification, go to the navigation bar at the left and click on "About the Subject." In the drop-down menu, click on "The Major."
You can view video footage of ballet and modern technique classes in our department.