The Dance Major and Minor

If you are interested in finding out more about the minor and major, please contact the Program Director.  Once you are at Bryn Mawr or Haverford, please make an appointment with the Dance Program during your first year.


Six units of coursework are required:

--ARTD B140/Approaches to Dance: Themes and Perspectives

--ARTD 142/Dance Composition I

--One credit of technique or ensemble (two semester-long courses at .5 per semester), which may be distributed among the following: ARTD B 136, 137, 138, 139, 230, 231, 232, 330, 331, or 345, 346, 347, 348, 349, 350.

--three elective courses, selected from within the Dance Program. One elective, with the advisor’s approval, may be selected from other allied tri-college departments or programs. Students must consult with the dance faculty regarding their course of study.

--Dance Card: Students must demonstrate attendance at five dance-related events during the course of the minor, two of which must be Dance Program sponsored events and one of which must be off campus.  Approved events can include Dance master classes, performances, lectures, symposia, etc.


After consulting with the Dance Program, well-qualified students may submit an application to major in Dance through the Independent Major Program. Students should be able to demonstrate competence at the intermediate level of a core technique prior to application. The major consists of eleven courses drawn primarily from our Dance curriculum. In addition to the required courses, students select five elective credits in Dance that can include up to three approved electives selected from other allied tri-college departments or programs. Students may utilize elective credits to provide an even distribution in the three areas of Dance Studies or may elect to study one aspect of dance in more depth.

Major requirements:
--Two lecture/seminar courses: ARTD B 140: Approaches to Dance: Themes and Perspectives, plus one additional Dance Program lecture/seminar course, (e.g. ARTD B240, ARTD B249, etc.)

--Four Technique courses: Students are expected to take at least one dance technique course per semester.  After declaring the major, they are required to enroll in one semester-long dance technique course (.5 credit per course) every semester that they are in residence at Bryn Mawr. Depending upon prior training and to ensure a broader experience, students will be required to take two of these technique courses in techniques specified by their advisor.

--Performance courses: While not a requirement, majors are expected to perform, participating in advanced student works or auditioning for performance ensembles each year.

--One Composition and Choreography course: ARTD B 142 Dance Composition I

--Senior Capstone (1 credit): The senior capstone should reflect the student’s interest and trajectory in dance. Typically this has included a substantial choreographic work with production responsibilities; a research or theoretical paper of substantial length; or field research with a writing component. Other options are possible and can be discussed with the faculty advisor.--

--Dance Card: Students will have to demonstrate attendance at four dance-related events each year, one of which must be a Dance Program sponsored event and one of which must be off campus. Approved events can include Dance master classes, performances, lectures, symposia, etc.

--Writing Portfolio: During their junior year, students must prepare a portfolio of their dance writing that demonstrates a basic writing competency in dance. This portfolio should include 8-15 pages of their writing and must be distributed over a minimum of two pieces of writing and must include one piece that is at least 3-5 pages in length. If a student is not judged to be writing at an acceptable level, s/he will enroll for a .5 supervised work in writing with Dance as a focus.

1) eleven (11) courses (drawn from dance courses and approved courses relevant to the major). The program design must reflect a coherent and structured plan of study moving progressively towards advanced work and engagement. All majors must complete the three courses required by the Minor and work with their faculty advisor to select their remaining courses.
2) a capstone experience: these could include, among other possibilities, a significant choreographic project, research culminating in a significant essay, or field work culminating in a project or documented in a report.
3) if the student elects not to do a senior project with a significant writing component, s/he must submit, in the last semester of her/his junior year, a portfolio of writing that consists of a minimum of 12 pages of writing that that has been done during the course of the major, distributed, over at least 2 assignments. One paper, essay, journal entry, or critique must be at least three-four pages in length. The purpose is to ensure that our students have achieved a basic level of competency in expressing themselves in writing. Students may elect, alternatively, to enroll in a directed writing project during the senior year around a topic of choice that is dance-related.
4) It is expected that all majors will take a technique course each semester and attend on-campus performances and events sponsored by the Program.

Students wishing to MINOR or MAJOR in Dance should complete Dance Composition I by Spring of their second year.

Approaches to Dance, ARTD 140, is offered in alternating years. If you are planning to do a semester abroad in your junior year, you should take this course in a timely manner as it is prerequisite for both the minor and the major.

Past Majors have included a strong focus on choreography and performance, although students can elect to move towards other research projects. Students have elected to do the major on its own with a minor in another area of interest, but several students have also completed double majors including: Dance/Anthropology, Dance/Psychology, Dance/Philosophy, Dance/English, Dance/Comparative Literature, and Dance/Mathematics.

Pictured are a few of our majors and minors.

Adaobi KanuKate PatchettCaitlin romascoLuciana fortes

     Adaobi Kanu      Kate Patchett            Caitlin Romasco      Luciana Fortes

        miranda liuMoore, Rothstein, IlesAmancay
       Miranda Liu             Ziggy Moore(HC), Aliza Rothstein       Amancay Candal                                                           Caitlin Iles                             Tribe 

more to come. . .


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