The information listed below is a direct excerpt from the 2013-14 Course Catalog.
Published annually, the Course Catalog sets out the requirements of the academic programs--the majors, minors, and concentrations. Each Bryn Mawr student must declare her major before the end of her sophomore year. Students may also declare a minor or a concentration, but neither is required for the A.B. degree. Students must comply with the requirements published in the Course Catalog at the time when they declare the major, minor and/or concentration.
The Course Catalog also sets out the College requirements. Students must comply with the College requirements published at the time they enter Bryn Mawr College.
Students may complete a minor in Creative Writing, Dance or Theater and qualified students may submit an application to major in Creative Writing, Dance or Theater through the independent major program. Students may complete a major in Fine Arts or a major or minor in Music at Haverford College. English majors may complete a concentration in Creative Writing.
Courses in the arts are designed to prepare students who might wish to pursue advanced training in their fields and are also for those who want to broaden their academic studies with work in the arts that is conducted at a serious and disciplined level. Courses are offered at introductory as well as advanced levels.
Dance is not only an art and an area of creative impulse and action; it is also a significant and enduring human behavior that can serve as a core of creative and scholarly inquiry within the liberal arts. The Program offers full semester courses in progressive levels of ballet and modern and jazz as well as a full range of technique courses in diverse genres and various traditions. Several performance opportunities are available to students ranging from our Dance Outreach Project, which travels to schools throughout the Philadelphia region, to our Spring Concert in which students work with professional choreographers or reconstructors and perform in our newly renovated theater. We also offer lecture/seminar courses designed to introduce students to dance as a vital area of academic inquiry. These include courses that examine dance within western practices as well as courses that extend or locate themselves beyond those social or theatrical traditions.
Students can take single courses in dance, can minor in dance, or submit an application to major through the independent major program. The core academic curriculum that serves as the basis for our minor or our independent major includes intermediate or advanced technique courses, performance ensembles, dance composition, independent work, and courses in dance research or analysis.
Requirements for the dance minor are six units of coursework: three required (ARTD 140, 142, and one credit which may be distributed among the following: 138, 139, 230, 231, 232, 330, 331 or 345); three approved electives; and requisite attendance at a prescribed number of performances/events. The major requires eleven credits, drawn primarily from our core academic curriculum and including: ARTD 140 and one additional dance lecture/seminar course; ARTD 142; one 0.5 technique course each semester after declaring the major distributed among ARTD 230, 231, 232, 330, and 331). The major also requires attendance at a prescribed number of performances/events, demonstration of basic writing competency in dance, and a senior capstone experience. With the advisor's approval, one elective in the minor and two electives in the major may be selected from allied Tri-College departments. In both the minor and the major, students may choose to emphasize one aspect of the field, but must first consult with the dance faculty regarding their course of study.
The Dance Program offers a full range of dance instruction including courses in ballet, modern, jazz, and African as well as techniques developed from other cultural art and social forms such as flamenco, Classical Indian, hip-hop, Latin social dance, and tap dance, among others. Performance ensembles, choreographed or re-staged by professional artists, are by audition only and are given full concert support. Dance Outreach ensemble tours regional schools. Technique courses in Ballet, Modern, Jazz, African and Hip-hop are offered for a full semester; other courses may be offered for a half-semester. All technique courses and ensemble courses may be taken for Physical Education credit (see listing below). Technique courses ARTD 138, 139, 230, 231, 232, 330, 331, as well as ARTD B345, Dance Ensembles, may be taken instead for academic credit.
PE B101 F/S Ballet I
PE B102 F/S Ballet II
PE B103 F/S Ballet III
PE B104 F/S Ballet Workshop
PE B105 F/S Modern I
PE B106 F/S Modern II
PE B107 F/S Modern III
PE B108 F/S Jazz I
PE B110 F/S Jazz
PE B111 F/S Hip-hop Technique
PE B112 F/S African Dance
PE B113T Modern Ensemble
PE B114T Ballet Ensemble
PE B115T Jazz Ensemble
PE B116F/S Salsa
PE B117 F/S Classical Indian Dance
PE B118 F/S Movement Improvisation
PE B119T African Ensemble
PE B120 F/S Intro. to Flamenco
PE B121 F/S Tap I
PE B122 F/S Intro to Social Dance
PE B123 F/S Tap II
PE B125 F/S Swing Dance
PE B131T Hip-hop Ensemble
PE B145T Dance Outreach Ensemble
PE B195 Movement for Theater
PE B196 Dance Composition Lab
PE B197 Directed Work in Dance
Courses for Academic Credit
ARTD B138 001 Intro to Dance Techniques I - Modern
ARTD B138 002 Intro to Dance Techniques I - Ballet
ARTD B139 001 Intro to Dance Techniques II - Modern
ARTD B139 002 Intro to Dance Techniques II - Ballet
ARTD B140 Approaches to Dance: Themes and Perspectives
ARTD B142 Dance Composition I
ARTD B145 Dance: Close Reading
ARTD/ANTH B223 Anthropology of Dance
ARTD B230 Intermediate Technique: Modern
ARTD B231 Intermediate Technique: Ballet
ARTD B232 Intermediate Technique: Jazz
ARTD B240 Dance History I: Roots of Western Theater Dance
ARTD B241 Dance History II: A History of Contemporary Western Theater Dance
ARTD B242 Dance Composition II
ARTD B250 Performing the Political Body
ARTD B265 Dance, Migration and Exile
ARTD/ANTH B310 Performing in the City: Theorizing Bodies in Space
ARTD B330 Advanced Technique: Modern
ARTD B331 Advanced Technique: Ballet
ARTD B342 Advanced Choreography
ARTD B345 Dance Ensembles (001-005)
ARTD B390 Senior Project/Thesis
ARTD B403 Supervised Work
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