Dance (BFA) with an Emphasis in Modern


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, with professional integrity, a variety of techniques and styles with a broad spectrum of expressivity and quality technical expertise with an emphasis in modern.
  • Choreography: Create and produce professional, imaginative, original, in-depth choreographic work and direct dancers in the performance of that 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 and depth of the discipline.
  • Function in a variety of professional 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

97 required credit hours
12 general education credit hours
19 elective credit hours
128 Total Hours

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Required Courses

  • DANC 2000- or 3000-level applied dance, Ballet or Modern (6 hours)
  • DANC 3000-level applied dance, Ballet (6 hours)
  • DANC 3000-level applied dance, Modern (6 hours)
  • DANC 4000-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 1420 Introduction to Professional Dance II (1 hour)
  • 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 2250 Cross Training (2 hours)
  • DANC 2310, 2320 Composition II (6 hours)
  • DANC 2520 Living Anatomy and Movement (3 hours)
  • DANC 3150 Performance Techniques I (2 hours)
  • DANC 3160 Performance Techniques II (2 hours)
  • DANC 3210 Dance History: 20th Century to Present (3 hours)
  • DANC 3220 Improvisation II (2 hours)
  • DANC 3250 Somatics (2 hours)
  • DANC 3550 Lighting and Costume Design for Dance I (1 hour)
  • DANC 3560 Lighting and Costume Design for Dance II (1 hour)
  • DANC 4310 Choreographic Project (3 hours)
  • DANC 4400 Dance Pedagogy (3 hours)
  • DANC 4410 Dance Seminar (0 hour)
  • DANC 4900 Senior Seminar (1 hour)
  • Additional advanced-level work in technique, (3250, 3060, 3050 etc.) choreography, topics, independent study, OR DANC 2050, 2060, 2250, or 3220 (4 hours)
  • WRIT 1010 Composition (3 hours)
    or ENGL 2160 Creative Writing: Fiction (3 hours)
  • EPMD 1000 Introduction to Media Production (3hours)
  • THEA 1080 Studio Acting I (3 hours)
  • ART 1000 Introduction to Studio Art-OR- ART 3820 Performance Art (3 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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-Revised June 24, 2013-

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