Dance (BA)


Leigh Gerdine College of Fine Arts/Department of Dance

Program Description

Webster University's Leigh Gerdine College of Fine Arts' Department of Dance provides excellence in training through both the BA and BFA degrees. The Department explores a broad spectrum of concert dance forms - from the inherent traditionalism of classical ballet, to the risk-taking avant-garde flavor of modern dance, to the wonderful theatricality of jazz and tap.

Learning Outcomes

  • Performance: Perform a variety of techniques and styles with a broad spectrum of expressivity and quality technical expertise.
  • Choreography: Create and produce imaginative, original, thought provoking choreographic work
  • Teaching: Create and execute exemplary, innovative lesson plans for a variety of ages, techniques and populations; develop skills to communicate movement vocabulary to others.
  • Integrate and successfully utilize knowledge from courses in the breadth of the discipline.
  • Function in a variety of contexts, creating global awareness; acquire an objective knowledge of self, an ability to research, be resourceful and flexible; also formulate interpersonal, technological, and collaborative skills.

Special Requirements

Courses completed with a grade of D do not count toward fulfilling the specific course requirements of the major.

Acceptance to the Department of Dance as a degree-seeking student, BA or BFA is by audition and consists of the following:

  • An interview to discuss career goals and past history
  • Submission of résumé
  • Performance of approximately three minutes of choreography
  • Participation in a Ballet and Modern Technique Class

Degree Requirements

A minimum of 128 credit hours consisting of the following:

  • 59 required credit hours
  • Applicable university global citizenship or general education program hours
  • Electives

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Required Courses

  • DANC 2000-OR 3000-level applied dance, Ballet or Modern (5 hours)
  • DANC 3000-OR 4000-level applied dance, Ballet or Modern (3 hours)
  • DANC 3000-level applied dance, Ballet (6 hours)
  • DANC 3000-level applied dance, Modern (6 hours)
  • DANC 2000- level applied dance, Tap (4 hours)
    or DANC 3000- Level applied dance, Jazz (4 hours)
    or MUTH 3410 (Musical Theatre Dance Styles II) (4 hours)
  • DANC 1040 International Dance (3 hours)
  • DANC 1220 Improvisation I (2 hours)
  • DANC 1310, 1320 Composition I (6 hours)
  • DANC 1410 Introduction to Professional Dance I (2 hours)
  • DANC 1550 Stagecraft for Dance I (1 hour)
  • DANC 1560 Stagecraft for Dance II (1 hour)
  • DANC 2210 Dance History: Lineage Based to 20th Century (3 hours)
  • DANC 2520 Living Anatomy and Movement (3 hours)
  • DANC 3150 Performance Techniques I (2 hours)
  • DANC 3210 Dance History: 20th Century to Present (3 hours)
  • DANC 4400 Dance Pedagogy (3 hours)
  • DANC 4210 BA Capstone (3 hours)
  • DANC 4410 Dance Seminar (0 hours)
  • MUSC 1000 Fundamentals of Musicianship (3 hours)

Recommended Electives for the BA or BFA in Dance

  • ANTH 1100 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology (3 hours)
  • BUSN 1200 Introduction to Business (3 hours)
  • Foreign Languages
  • ENGL 2150 Creative Writing: Poetry (3 hours)
  • HIST 1100 World Civilizations Before 1500 (3 hours)
  • PHOT 1000 Photo I (3 hours)
  • PHIL 1010 Introduction to Critical Thinking (3 hours)
  • PSYC 1100 Introduction to Psychology (3 hours)
  • VIDE 1000 Introduction to Video Production (3 hours)
  • WGST 1010 Studying Women Across the Disciplines (3 hours)

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