Dance Theory

Effective 1 June 2014 through 31 May 2015

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29 credit hours

This program offered by 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

  • Choreography: Create and produce imaginative, original, thought provoking choreographic work
  • 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.
  • All courses for a minor must be completed at Webster University.
  • Courses used to fulfill a major may not be used to fulfill a requirement for a minor.

Required Courses

  • DANC 2520 Living Anatomy and Movement (3 hours)
  • DANC 1220 Improvisation I (2 hours)
  • DANC 1310,1320 Composition I (5 hours)
  • DANC 2210 Dance History: Lineage Based to 20th Century (3 hours)
  • DANC 3210 Dance History: 20th Century to Present (3 hours)
  • Additional advanced-level work in technique, choreography, topics, independent study (DANC 2050, 2060, 2250, 3250, 3220, 3250, 3550, 3560, etc.) (2 hours)
  • DANC 1550 Stagecraft for Dance I (1 hour)
  • DANC 1560 Stagecraft for Dance II (1 hour)
  • DANC 1040 International Dance (3 hours)
  • DANCE 4400 Dance Pedagogy (3 hours)
  • MUSC 1000 Fundamentals of Musicianship (3 hours)