Dance

Bachelor of Science Degree: 185.0 quarter credits

About the Program

The dance program at Drexel University provides intensive exploration of dance in its physical, intellectual, creative and therapeutic aspects. The major is designed for students to focus on one of three tracks: Dance/Movement Therapy or Dance in Education or Physical Therapy.

The dance major at Drexel University has a unique curriculum design and focus. Rather than focusing on training performers, this program combines rigorous academic coursework with extensive stage and studio dance experiences to prepare students for three possible career paths within dance: dance/movement therapy, dance in education and physical therapy. Students participating in this major will earn a BS degree in dance with an optional minor in psychology.

Students focused on dance/movement therapy will prepare for jobs as dance/movement therapists. These are psychological counselors working in a variety of settings including hospitals, out-patient clinics and residential treatment centers. Students pursuing this option will earn a BS degree in dance at the Westphal College, through the Department of Performing Arts, for the first four years of study. They will then have the option to continue on to two years of study in the College of Nursing and Health Professions to earn an MA in Creative Arts in Therapy and become a licensed dance therapist.

The second career focus, dance in education, prepares students for jobs as elementary school teachers (grades Pre-K through 4) who may also serve as school dance specialists. Students choosing this option will earn a BS degree in dance through the Department of Performing Arts and may elect to continue for a fifth year of study to earn an MS in the Science of Instruction through the School of Education. Students who successfully complete the five year BS /MS option in education will then be recommended to the State for a Pennsylvania Teaching Certificate in the area of Elementary Education for Pre-K to 4 certification, general education.

The third career focus, physical therapy, prepares students to work as physical therapists in a variety of settings, including hospitals, treatment centers, schools, and private practice. Students interested in the physical therapy option will complete the four- year BS degree in dance, along with a series of recommended electives in the physical sciences. After completion of the BS degree, students will continue their education for an additional three years in the College of Nursing and Health Professions to earn a DPT and become a licensed physical therapist.

The student who enters the dance major at Drexel University is an academically achieving student who has a passion for dance, but does not see him or herself as necessarily pursuing a career exclusively in performance. He or she is looking for extensive experiences to improve as a dancer, choreographer and performer while being stimulated academically. This student wants to study dance—-both physically and cognitively—in college while being offered the possibility of gainful employment after graduation.

For more information about this major, visit the Westphal College's Dance page.

Degree Requirements 

General Education Requirements
COOP 101Career Management and Professional Development0.0
ENGL 101Composition and Rhetoric I: Inquiry and Exploratory Research3.0
ENGL 102Composition and Rhetoric II: The Craft of Persuasion3.0
ENGL 103Composition and Rhetoric III: Thematic Analysis Across Genres3.0
HIST 201United States History to 18153.0
MATH 181Mathematical Analysis I3.0
MATH 182Mathematical Analysis II3.0
PSY 101General Psychology I3.0
PSY 120Developmental Psychology3.0
PSY 240 [WI] Abnormal Psychology3.0
UNIV A101The Drexel Experience1.0
CIVC 101Introduction to Civic Engagement1.0
Two English (ENGL) Electives6.0
Two Natural Science Electives8.0
Free Electives40.0
Dance Major Requirements
Foundation and Theory Requirements
ARTH 103History of Art: Early to Late Modern3.0
MUSC 331World Musics3.0
NFS 101Introduction to Nutrition & Food3.0
THTR 240Theatre Production I3.0
DANC 201 [WI] Dance Appreciation3.0
DANC 210Introduction to Dance3.0
DANC 225Dance Repertory4.0
DANC 230Survey of Dance and Movement Therapy3.0
DANC 240Dance Composition I3.0
DANC 241Dance Composition II3.0
DANC 260Injury Prevention for Dance3.0
DANC 261Foundations of Somatic Theory and Practice3.0
DANC 310 [WI] Dance Aesthetics and Criticism3.0
DANC 325 [WI] Twentieth Century Dance3.0
DANC 330Introduction to Laban Movement Analysis3.0
DANC 340Dance Pedagogy3.0
DANC 355Rhythmic Study for Dance3.0
DANC 360Dance Kinesiology3.0
Performance Requirements
DANC 131Dance Practicum in Performance (1.0 credit course repeated for a total of 11.0 credits) For DANC 131: Sections 001, 005, 006, 007, 008 ONLY 11.0
or DANC 133 Dance Practicum in Choreography
Technique Requirements
DANC 140Ballet Technique I (2.0 credit course repeated for a total of 12.0 credits)12.0
or DANC 141 Ballet Technique II
or DANC 142 Ballet Dance Technique III
DANC 150Modern Dance Technique I (2.0 credit course repeated for a total of 12.0 credits)12.0
or DANC 151 Modern Dance Technique II
or DANC 152 Modern Dance Technique III
DANC 180Dance Improvisation2.0
Select five of the following:10.0
Jazz Dance Technique I
Jazz Dance Technique II
Jazz Dance Technique III
Hip-Hop Dance Technique I
Hip-Hop Dance Technique II
Dance Improvisation II
African Dance Technique I
African Dance Technique II
Total Credits185.0


Writing-Intensive Course Requirements

In order to graduate, all students must pass three writing-intensive courses after their freshman year. Two writing-intensive courses must be in a student's major. The third can be in any discipline. Students are advised to take one writing-intensive class each year, beginning with the sophomore year, and to avoid “clustering” these courses near the end of their matriculation. Transfer students need to meet with an academic advisor to review the number of writing-intensive courses required to graduate.

A "WI" next to a course in this catalog may indicate that this course can fulfill a writing-intensive requirement. For the most up-to-date list of writing-intensive courses being offered, students should check the Writing Intensive Course List at the University Writing Center. Students scheduling their courses can also conduct a search for courses with the attribute "WI" to bring up a list of all writing-intensive courses available that term. Transfer students need to meet with an academic advisor to review the number of writing-intensive courses required to graduate.


Sample Plan of Study

 

Term 1Credits
ENGL 101Composition and Rhetoric I: Inquiry and Exploratory Research3.0
MATH 181Mathematical Analysis I3.0
DANC 131Dance Practicum in Performance1.0
DANC 261Foundations of Somatic Theory and Practice3.0
DANC 140Ballet Technique I2.0
DANC 150Modern Dance Technique I2.0
UNIV A101The Drexel Experience1.0
 Term Credits15.0
Term 2
DANC 355Rhythmic Study for Dance3.0
ENGL 102Composition and Rhetoric II: The Craft of Persuasion3.0
MATH 182Mathematical Analysis II3.0
DANC 140, 141,
or 142
Ballet Technique I
Ballet Technique II
Ballet Dance Technique III
2.0
DANC 131
or 133
Dance Practicum in Performance
Dance Practicum in Choreography
1.0
CIVC 101Introduction to Civic Engagement1.0
PSY 101General Psychology I3.0
 Term Credits16.0
Term 3
ARTH 103History of Art: Early to Late Modern3.0
DANC 210Introduction to Dance3.0
ENGL 103Composition and Rhetoric III: Thematic Analysis Across Genres3.0
DANC 131
or 133
Dance Practicum in Performance
Dance Practicum in Choreography
1.0
DANC 140, 141,
or 142
Ballet Technique I
Ballet Technique II
Ballet Dance Technique III
2.0
Select one of the following:2.0
Jazz Dance Technique I 
Jazz Dance Technique II 
Hip-Hop Dance Technique I 
Hip-Hop Dance Technique II 
African Dance Technique I 
African Dance Technique II 
Free Elective 3.0
 Term Credits17.0
Term 4
DANC 131
or 133
Dance Practicum in Performance
Dance Practicum in Choreography
1.0
DANC 180Dance Improvisation2.0
DANC 325 [WI] Twentieth Century Dance3.0
DANC 330Introduction to Laban Movement Analysis3.0
DANC 150, 151,
or 152
Modern Dance Technique I
Modern Dance Technique II
Modern Dance Technique III
2.0
PSY 240 [WI] Abnormal Psychology3.0
 Term Credits14.0
Term 5
DANC 230Survey of Dance and Movement Therapy3.0
DANC 240Dance Composition I3.0
DANC 131
or 133
Dance Practicum in Performance
Dance Practicum in Choreography
1.0
DANC 340Dance Pedagogy3.0
PSY 120Developmental Psychology3.0
Select one of the following:2.0
Jazz Dance Technique I 
Hip-Hop Dance Technique I 
Hip-Hop Dance Technique II 
African Dance Technique I 
African Dance Technique II 
Jazz Dance Technique II 
 Term Credits15.0
Term 6
DANC 201 [WI] Dance Appreciation3.0
THTR 240Theatre Production I3.0
DANC 140, 141,
or 142
Ballet Technique I
Ballet Technique II
Ballet Dance Technique III
2.0
DANC 150, 151,
or 152
Modern Dance Technique I
Modern Dance Technique II
Modern Dance Technique III
2.0
DANC 131
or 133
Dance Practicum in Performance
Dance Practicum in Choreography
1.0
DANC 225Dance Repertory4.0
 Term Credits15.0
Term 7
COOP 101Career Management and Professional Development0.0
DANC 260Injury Prevention for Dance3.0
DANC 310 [WI] Dance Aesthetics and Criticism3.0
DANC 140, 141,
or 142
Ballet Technique I
Ballet Technique II
Ballet Dance Technique III
2.0
DANC 131
or 133
Dance Practicum in Performance
Dance Practicum in Choreography
1.0
HIST 201United States History to 18153.0
Free Elective 3.0
English (ENGL) ELECTIVE3.0
 Term Credits18.0
Term 8
DANC 131
or 133
Dance Practicum in Performance
Dance Practicum in Choreography
1.0
DANC 150, 151,
or 152
Modern Dance Technique I
Modern Dance Technique II
Modern Dance Technique III
2.0
Select one of the following:2.0
Jazz Dance Technique I 
Jazz Dance Technique II 
Hip-Hop Dance Technique I 
Hip-Hop Dance Technique II 
African Dance Technique I 
African Dance Technique II 
Free Electives9.0
 Term Credits14.0
Term 9
DANC 140, 141,
or 142
Ballet Technique I
Ballet Technique II
Ballet Dance Technique III
2.0
DANC 150, 151,
or 152
Modern Dance Technique I
Modern Dance Technique II
Modern Dance Technique III
2.0
DANC 131
or 133
Dance Practicum in Performance
Dance Practicum in Choreography
1.0
Natural Science Elective4.0
Free Electives 6.0
 Term Credits15.0
Term 10
DANC 241Dance Composition II3.0
DANC 131
or 133
Dance Practicum in Performance
Dance Practicum in Choreography
1.0
NFS 101Introduction to Nutrition & Food3.0
Free Elective3.0
Select two of the following:4.0
Jazz Dance Technique I 
Jazz Dance Technique II 
Hip-Hop Dance Technique I 
Hip-Hop Dance Technique II 
African Dance Technique I 
African Dance Technique II 
 Term Credits14.0
Term 11
DANC 131
or 133
Dance Practicum in Performance
Dance Practicum in Choreography
1.0
DANC 150, 151,
or 152
Modern Dance Technique I
Modern Dance Technique II
Modern Dance Technique III
2.0
Natural Science Elective4.0
Free Electives10.0
 Term Credits17.0
Term 12
MUSC 331World Musics3.0
DANC 360Dance Kinesiology3.0
English (ENGL) Elective3.0
Free Electives6.0
 Term Credits15.0
Total Credit: 185.0

Co-op/Career Opportunities

The dance major is designed for students to focus on one of three career options. Each option can lead to graduate study at Drexel or be completed at the end of four years. Each also includes a co-op experience that allows for extended interaction with the professional dance therapy, physical therapy and education communities. Students wishing to change career focus throughout the course of the undergraduate curriculum will have the option to do so.

Students focusing on dance/movement therapy participate in a six month co-op experience during the spring and summer terms of their junior year. These students may participate in co-op with a practicing dance/movement therapist, community dance artist, or mental health professional in a mental health, social service, rehabilitation, medical, special education or community arts setting.

Students focusing on physical therapy, will participate in a six month co-op in which they work in a setting with a physical therapist, such as a hospital, treatment center, school, or private practice. Co-op experiences where students are able to work with physical therapists working on dancers as clients will be encouraged. Students choosing this option may participate in either co-op cycle.

Students focusing on dance in education participate in after school dance clubs, artist in residence school programs and auditorium lecture demonstration programs as part of a community outreach dance company run by the dance program at Drexel, or other dance education focused activities in a school or studio setting, during the fall and winter of their junior year as their co-op experience.

Visit the Drexel Steinbright Career Development Center page for more detailed information on co-op and post-graduate opportunities.
 

Dual-Degree Option

BS/MS Dance and Elementary Education

About the Accelerated Degree Program

Qualified students in Dance have the option of continuing on into the graduate Science of Instruction program to obtain a BS in Dance and MS in Science of Instruction with Elementary Education certification. This program would allow highly motivated students to graduate with both degrees in a total of 5 years. Students apply for this accelerated program when they complete 90 credits of coursework and before completing 120 credits.

BS in Dance

Incoming students, 2014/2015
Bachelor of Science Degree: 185.0 quarter credits

General Education Requirements
COOP 101Career Management and Professional Development0.0
ENGL 101Composition and Rhetoric I: Inquiry and Exploratory Research3.0
ENGL 102Composition and Rhetoric II: The Craft of Persuasion3.0
ENGL 103Composition and Rhetoric III: Thematic Analysis Across Genres3.0
HIST 201United States History to 18153.0
MATH 181Mathematical Analysis I3.0
MATH 182Mathematical Analysis II3.0
PSY 101General Psychology I3.0
PSY 120Developmental Psychology3.0
PSY 240 [WI] Abnormal Psychology3.0
UNIV A101The Drexel Experience1.0
CIVC 101Introduction to Civic Engagement1.0
Two English (ENGL) Electives6.0
Two Natural Science Electives8.0
Free Electives40.0
Dance Major Requirements
Foundation and Theory Requirements
ARTH 103History of Art: Early to Late Modern3.0
MUSC 331World Musics3.0
NFS 101Introduction to Nutrition & Food3.0
THTR 240Theatre Production I3.0
DANC 201 [WI] Dance Appreciation3.0
DANC 210Introduction to Dance3.0
DANC 225Dance Repertory4.0
DANC 230Survey of Dance and Movement Therapy3.0
DANC 240Dance Composition I3.0
DANC 241Dance Composition II3.0
DANC 260Injury Prevention for Dance3.0
DANC 261Foundations of Somatic Theory and Practice3.0
DANC 310 [WI] Dance Aesthetics and Criticism3.0
DANC 325 [WI] Twentieth Century Dance3.0
DANC 330Introduction to Laban Movement Analysis3.0
DANC 340Dance Pedagogy3.0
DANC 355Rhythmic Study for Dance3.0
DANC 360Dance Kinesiology3.0
Performance Requirements
DANC 131Dance Practicum in Performance (1.0 credit course repeated for a total of 11.0 credits) For DANC 131: Sections 001, 005, 006, 007, 008 ONLY 11.0
or DANC 133 Dance Practicum in Choreography
Technique Requirements
DANC 140Ballet Technique I (2.0 credit course repeated for a total of 12.0 credits)12.0
or DANC 141 Ballet Technique II
or DANC 142 Ballet Dance Technique III
DANC 150Modern Dance Technique I (2.0 credit course repeated for a total of 12.0 credits)12.0
or DANC 151 Modern Dance Technique II
or DANC 152 Modern Dance Technique III
DANC 180Dance Improvisation2.0
Select five of the following:10.0
Jazz Dance Technique I
Jazz Dance Technique II
Jazz Dance Technique III
Hip-Hop Dance Technique I
Hip-Hop Dance Technique II
Dance Improvisation II
African Dance Technique I
African Dance Technique II
Total Credits185.0


MS in Science of Instruction

A minimum of 45.0 credits is required for students with or without prior certification (including 15.0 credits of professional electives).

Core Courses

At a minimum, 23.0 pedagogy credits will be required from the core courses for those without prior teacher certification. Students with prior certification or those seeking an add-on certification will select 11.0 credits from the core courses.

EDUC 520Professional Studies in Instruction *3.0
EDUC 522Evaluation of Instruction3.0
EDUC 523Diagnostic Teaching4.0
EDUC 524Current Research in Curriculum & Instruction3.0
EDUC 525Multi-Media Instructional Design3.0
EDUC 526Language Arts Processes3.0
EDUC 540Field Experience *3.0
Total Credits22.0

*

Not available to those with prior teacher certification.

Content Categories

For students without prior teacher certification, 7 credits are required, selected from the following content categories. (A list of suggested courses is available from the department. ) Students with prior certification or those seeking add-on certification select 19 credits from the content categories.

  1. Mathematics and science
  2. Technological pedagogy
  3. Applied pedagogy

Evaluation of transcripts by a program advisor in relation to Pennsylvania state standards determines the required content courses for initial certification and add-on certification. To satisfy state certification requirements, undergraduate courses may be taken in instances where graduate courses are not appropriate. These undergraduate courses will not satisfy graduate degree requirements. However, they will satisfy certification requirements and may satisfy requirements for salary increments in certain school districts. For those with prior certification who do not wish add-on certification, but desire to further professional competence, a distribution of courses from areas A, B, and C is selected under advisement on an individual basis.

Professional Electives

Students with or without prior certification select 15 credits of professional electives. Professional electives are selected with the advice of a program advisor to strengthen mathematics and science knowledge, to refine and update pedagogy competence, to broaden general education, to gain knowledge about the nature of information and information materials, to develop and refine skills in integrating technology into instruction, and to ensure that certification standards are satisfied. Professional electives may be taken from the core courses or from any course in the content categories. Any graduate course offered in the University may serve as a professional elective if the student has adequate preparation to take the course and it is deemed appropriate by the program advisor. The 15.0 credits of professional electives may comprise a combination of up to three Performance Learning Systems (PLS) courses and/or approved transfer credits. PLS courses must be taken at Drexel to count toward the master’s degree.

Minor in Dance

The minor in dance offers students an opportunity to explore dance in the studio through technique classes, and in the classroom through academic classes in dance. Participation in the dance ensemble class(s) is required, although performance with the ensemble is not. There is no audition for the dance minor program.

Required Courses
DANC 140Ballet Technique I2.0
DANC 150Modern Dance Technique I2.0
DANC 160Jazz Dance Technique I2.0
or DANC 170 Hip-Hop Dance Technique I
DANC 210Introduction to Dance3.0
DANC 240Dance Composition I3.0
DANC 325 [WI] Twentieth Century Dance3.0
DANC 355Rhythmic Study for Dance3.0
THTR 240Theatre Production I3.0
Electives in Dance (DANC 140-DANC 495)3.0
Dance Practicum (6 terms from DANC 131-DANC 133)0.0
Total Credits24.0

Courses

DANC 100 Survey of Dance Studies 3.0 Credits

This course will include lecture, reading assignments, writing assignments and self-reflection activities to introduce students to academic dance coursework in higher education.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

DANC 101 Introduction to Dance Studies 3.0 Credits

This course will include lecture, reading assignments, writing assignments and self-reflection activities to introduce potential part-time professional dance program participants to coursework in higher education.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

DANC 110 Movement for Actors 3.0 Credits

Employs specific exercises designed to increase the actor's ability to move freely and with expression and to appreciate the role of movement in the making of theater.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

DANC 120 Yoga 3.0 Credits

The physical and intellectual study of the ancient practice of yoga. Includes both physical practice and readings related to the discipline, as well as a survey of a variety of forms of the practice.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Can be repeated 3 times for 12 credits

DANC 131 Dance Practicum in Performance 1.0 Credit

Provides practical experience as a dancer in a Department of Performing Arts dance production. Includes helping with preperformance production, attending all rehearsals, and performing in the concerts. May be repeated for credit.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Can be repeated multiple times for credit

DANC 132 Dance Practicum in Production 1.0 Credit

Provides practical experience in dance production, including participation in publicity, costume construction, lighting design, box office, and program production for a Drexel University Dance Ensemble concert. May be repeated for credit.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Can be repeated multiple times for credit

DANC 133 Dance Practicum in Choreography 1.0 Credit

Covers the process of developing an idea into a finished dance through close work with the artistic director, including selecting dancers and music; teaching the movement; planning costumes, lighting, and sets; polishing the work; and presenting it to an audience during a Drexel University Dance Ensemble concert. May be repeated for credit.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Can be repeated multiple times for credit

DANC 140 Ballet Technique I 2.0 Credits

Introduces ballet dance vocabulary including alignment, stretching and strengthening, line, flexibility and movement phrases.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Can be repeated 7 times for 14 credits

DANC 141 Ballet Technique II 2.0 Credits

Studio course in intermediate level ballet technique. Further develops students' alignment, line, muscular stamina, flexibility and movement vocabulary.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Can be repeated 7 times for 14 credits
Prerequisites: DANC 140 [Min Grade: D]

DANC 142 Ballet Dance Technique III 2.0 Credits

Studio course in advanced level ballet technique. Further develops students' alignment, line, muscular stamina, flexibility and movement vocabulary.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Can be repeated 7 times for 16 credits
Prerequisites: DANC 141 [Min Grade: D]

DANC 150 Modern Dance Technique I 2.0 Credits

Introduces modern dance vocabulary, including stretching and strengthening exercises, alignment, movement phrases, and basic locomotor skills. Includes performances and discussion.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Can be repeated 7 times for 14 credits

DANC 151 Modern Dance Technique II 2.0 Credits

Covers advanced modern dance vocabulary, including stretching and strengthening exercises, alignment, movement phrases and basic locomotor skills.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Can be repeated 7 times for 14 credits
Prerequisites: DANC 150 [Min Grade: D]

DANC 152 Modern Dance Technique III 2.0 Credits

This course covers advanced modern dance vocabulary, including stretching and strengthening exercises, alignment principles, movement phrases and increasingly complex locomotor skills.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Can be repeated 7 times for 16 credits
Prerequisites: DANC 151 [Min Grade: D]

DANC 160 Jazz Dance Technique I 2.0 Credits

Introduces jazz dance style, concentrating on body isolations, movement vocabulary and the development of movement phrases.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Can be repeated 3 times for 6 credits

DANC 161 Jazz Dance Technique II 2.0 Credits

Covers advanced jazz dance style, concentrating on body isolations, movement vocabulary, and the development of movement phrases, syncopation and flexibility.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Can be repeated 3 times for 6 credits
Prerequisites: DANC 160 [Min Grade: D]

DANC 162 Jazz Dance Technique III 2.0 Credits

This course covers advanced jazz dance styles for highly experienced students, concentrating on body isolations, movement vocabulary and the development of movement phrases, syncopation and flexibility.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Can be repeated 7 times for 16 credits
Prerequisites: DANC 161 [Min Grade: D]

DANC 170 Hip-Hop Dance Technique I 2.0 Credits

Introduces hip-hop dance technique, vocabulary, movement principles, muscle control, and body alignment. Includes appreciation for funk and hip-hop with historical and cultural contexts.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Can be repeated 3 times for 6 credits

DANC 171 Hip-Hop Dance Technique II 2.0 Credits

Advanced hip-hop dance technique, vocabulary, movement principles, muscle control, and body alignment. Includes appreciation for funk and hip-hop with historical and cultural contexts.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Can be repeated 3 times for 8 credits
Prerequisites: DANC 170 [Min Grade: D]

DANC 180 Dance Improvisation 2.0 Credits

A studio course in creative movement. Uses contact and structured improvisational problems, interaction between dances and the elements of time, space and force.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Can be repeated 3 times for 6 credits

DANC 181 Dance Improvisation II 2.0 Credits

A studio course in advanced creative movement. Uses improvisational problems and improvisational dance making to study momentum, speed, alignment, contact, sound, group work, and dramatic intention.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: DANC 180 [Min Grade: D]

DANC 190 African Dance Technique I 2.0 Credits

This studio course is designed to explore the aesthetic, movement, music and rituals found in African Dance forms.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Can be repeated 3 times for 6 credits

DANC 191 African Dance Technique II 2.0 Credits

This studio course is an advanced exploration of the aesthetic, movement, music and rituals found in African Dance forms. It builds on principles of African I and introduces more complex and physically demanding repertory.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Can be repeated 3 times for 8 credits
Prerequisites: DANC 190 [Min Grade: D]

DANC 201 [WI] Dance Appreciation 3.0 Credits

Teaches students to look at dance as an art form, emphasizing the ability to analyze and understand various dance styles. Includes films, readings, performances, and discussion. This is a writing intensive course.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

DANC 210 Introduction to Dance 3.0 Credits

A studio and classroom course. Examines the elements of dance through study and participation in classical, theatrical, and social forms. Includes readings, films, and discussion.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

DANC 220 History of Dance 3.0 Credits

Broadly surveys dance from ancient times to the present, including development of the European aesthetic. Examines the cultural significance of dance through the ages. Includes films, performances, and discussion.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

DANC 225 Dance Repertory 4.0 Credits

This course allows dancers to synthesize their technical abilities with their knowledge of dance history as they learn the works of major historical choreographers.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Can be repeated 2 times for 6 credits

DANC 230 Survey of Dance and Movement Therapy 3.0 Credits

This course investigates the use of dance as a diagnostic and therapeutic tool for psychological health and recovery.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

DANC 240 Dance Composition I 3.0 Credits

Explores the basic traditional forms of solo and group composition through improvisation, manipulation of movement phrases and critique.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

DANC 241 Dance Composition II 3.0 Credits

This course explores the advanced forms of solo or group choreography including narrative, abstract and musical interactions.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Can be repeated 2 times for 6 credits
Prerequisites: DANC 240 [Min Grade: D]

DANC 260 Injury Prevention for Dance 3.0 Credits

This course uses physical and intellectual exploration to create individual flexibility and injury prevention plans that meet the student's goals. It is particularly targeted to dancers who use their bodies intensively. Techniques for injury prevention and recovery are emphasized.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

DANC 261 Foundations of Somatic Theory and Practice 3.0 Credits

This course, for beginner through advanced, teaches you to maximize your potential for dance, sports, yoga, martial arts or any movement practice, through readings, exercises and assignments that build core strength, flexibility and efficient action.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

DANC 262 Dance and Fitness 3.0 Credits

This course explores areas of health and fitness that impact peak physical performance for dance and related activities. Topics will be covered through a combination of kinesthetic and academic approaches.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

DANC 310 [WI] Dance Aesthetics and Criticism 3.0 Credits

This course is designed to introduce students to the concepts of aesthetics which affect the ways in which dance in created, performed and viewed. Issues of dance criticism and how this pertains to aesthetic judgment will also be addressed. This is a writing intensive course.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

DANC 325 [WI] Twentieth Century Dance 3.0 Credits

Covers the history of Western theatrical dance from the beginning of the century to contemporary times. Emphasizes the development of modern dance in the United States. Includes films, performances, and discussion. This is a writing intensive course.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

DANC 330 Introduction to Laban Movement Analysis 3.0 Credits

This course introduces the principles of movement analysis by Rudolph Von Laban including an exploration of effort - shape, space and body as introduced by physical therapist Irmgard Bartenieff.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

DANC 340 Dance Pedagogy 3.0 Credits

This course explores the social and physical development of children as it relates to the teaching of dance. Develops a repertoire of techniques for teaching children and adults.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

DANC 355 Rhythmic Study for Dance 3.0 Credits

Covers rhythmic structures that can accompany dance, including sight reading and eurhythmics.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

DANC 360 Dance Kinesiology 3.0 Credits

This course will provide an introduction to the musculoskeletal system and basic health information. Students will gain an understanding of anatomy and kinesiology and will explore how these topics are related to dance, normal daily activities, injury prevention, and healthy lifestyle choices. The kinesiological concepts presented in this course will be applied using the context of dance movement.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

DANC 380 Special Topics in Dance 0.5-3.0 Credits

Covers selected topics in dance. May be repeated for credit if topics vary.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Can be repeated multiple times for credit

DANC 495 Directed Studies in Dance 0.5-12.0 Credits

Offers supervised individual study of special subjects in dance. May be repeated for credit. Department permission required.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Can be repeated multiple times for credit

Interdepartmental Faculty

Jim Bunting, BFA (University of the Arts, Philadelphia). Adjunct Instructor. Jazz dance.
K. C. Chun-Manning, MFA (University of Illinois). Adjunct Instructor. Dance ensembles.
Antoinette Coward-Gilmore, MA (New York University). Adjunct Instructor. African dance, modern dance.
Peter DiMuro, MFA (Connecticut College). Associate Teaching Professor. Professional modern dancer, actor and choreographer focusing on group process driven, collaborative work. Specializes in community based projects with wide raging social concerns.
Mina Estrada, MFA (Temple University). Adjunct Assistant Professor. Dance ensemble and FreshDance producer, FreshDance assistant director, modern, jazz, improvisation, choreography.
Clyde Evans Adjunct Assistant Professor. Director of Chosen Dance Company; hip-hop.
Ellen Gerdes, EdM (Temple University). Adjunct Instructor. Pedagogy and politics of dance in China and Taiwan; dance and cultural studies.
Miriam Giguere, PhD (Temple University) Program Director, Dance. Associate Professor. Professional modern dancer, choreographer and dance educator whose research centers on cognition during the creative process. She has published nationally and internationally and is a frequent presenter on the integration of dance and academics at national and international conferences.
Tania Isaac, MFA (Temple University). Assistant Teaching Professor. Caribbean-American dancer/choreographer; fusion of choreography with personal documentary and social commentary to grapple with identity, post-colonial issues, feminism and juxtapositions of European and African influences.
Lucinda Lea, BA (Indiana University). Adjunct Assistant Professor. Ballet.
Jennifer Morley, MFA (Temple University). Adjunct Assistant Professor. Master Pilates instructor and director of the Drexel Pilates Teaching Training program; modern dance, choreography.
Dawn Morningstar, MA (Drexel University). Adjunct Assistant Professor. Practicing dance/movement therapist.
Carl Paris, PhD (Temple University). Adjunct Associate Professor. Interdisciplinary approach to dance studies, cultural studies and issues around black dance and performance.
Olive Prince, MFA (Temple University). Adjunct Assistant Professor. Choreography, creative process and improvisation; Director of Olive Prince Dance.
Meredith Rainey Adjunct Assistant Professor. Former soloist with Pennsylvania Ballet and director of Carbon Dance Theater. Ballet, choreography.
Heather Smalley, BS (Drexel University) Assistant Director, Dance Ensemble . Adjunct Assistant Professor. Arts administration.
Stephen Welsh, MFA (Temple University). Adjunct Assistant Professor. Choreography, modern dance.
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