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.

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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 work; 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, 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 Ensemble, 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 main stage theater. Students may also investigate the creative process in three levels of composition and choreography courses. 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 complete a major through the independent major program. The core academic curriculum for the dance minor or independent major in dance includes intermediate or advanced technique courses, performance ensembles, dance composition, independent work, and courses in dance research or analysis.

Minor Requirements

Requirements for the dance minor are six units of coursework: three required (ARTD B140, B142 or B144, and two .5 credit studio courses: one must be selected from among the following technique courses: 136-139 or any 200 or 300 level technique course; the second .5 credit course must be a technique course at the 200 or 300 level or selected from among the following performance ensembles: 345-350); three approved electives; and attendance at a prescribed number of performances/events. With the advisor's approval, one elective in the minor may be selected from allied Tri-College departments

Independent Major in Dance Requirements

The independent major requires eleven courses, drawn primarily from our core academic curriculum and including: ARTD 140 and one additional dance lecture/seminar course; ARTD B142 and ARTD B144; one 0.5 technique course at the intermediate or advanced level each semester after declaring the major. Participation in a performance ensemble is highly recommended. The major also requires attendance at a prescribed number of performances/events, demonstration of basic writing competency in dance by taking two writing attentive or one writing intensive course in Dance or an approved allied program or department, and a senior capstone experience. With the advisor's approval, 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.

Technique Courses and Performance Ensemble Courses

The Dance Program offers a full range of dance instruction including courses in ballet, modern, jazz, and West African as well as techniques developed from other cultural art and social forms such as flamenco, Classical Indian, Polynesian dance, hip hop, Latin social dance, and tap dance, among others. A ballet placement class is required for upper level ballet courses. Performance ensembles, choreographed or re-staged by professional artists, are by audition and are given full concert support. The Dance Ensemble: School Performance Project tours regional K-12 schools. Technique courses ARTD 136-137, 230-232, 330-331, and all dance ensembles are offered for academic credit but all technique courses and ensemble courses may be taken for Physical Education credit instead (see both listings below).

Technique/Ensemble Courses for PE Credit (check course guide for courses available each semester)

PE B101 Ballet: Beginning Technique
PE B102 Ballet: Intermediate Technique
PE B103 Ballet: Advanced Technique
PE B104 Ballet Workshop
PE B105 Modern: Beginning Technique
PE B106 Modern: Intermediate Technique
PE B107 Modern: Advanced Technique
PE B108 Jazz: Beginning Technique
PE B110 Jazz: Intermediate Technique
PE B111 Hip-hop Technique
PE B112 West African Dance
PE B118 Movement Improvisation
PE B121 Tap I
PE B123 Tap II
PE B126 Rhythm & Style: Flamenco and Tap
PE B127 Social Dance Forms: Topics: Intro to Social Dance, Swing, Salsa, Latin
PE B129 The Gesture of Dance: Classical Indian and Polynesian Dance
PE B131 Tap: Learning and Performing
PE B145 Dance Ensemble: Modern
PE B146 Dance Ensemble: Ballet
PE B147 Dance Ensemble: Jazz
PE B148 Dance Ensemble: West African
PE B149 Dance Ensemble: School Performance Project
PE B150 Dance Ensemble: Hip Hop
PE B195 Movement for Theater
PE B196 Dance Composition Lab
PE B197 Directed Work in Dance

Courses for Academic Credit

ARTD B136 001 Intro to Dance Techniques I - Modern
ARTD B137 002 Intro to Dance Techniques I - Ballet
ARTD B138 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: Process and Presence
ARTD B144 Dance Composition: Elements and Craft
ARTD B145 Dance: Close Reading (not offered 2018-19)
ARTD B180 Practical Anatomy: Bones, Muscle, Movement 
ARTD/ANTH B223 Anthropology of Dance (not offered 2018-19)
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 (not offered 2018-19)
ARTD B241 Dance History II: A History of Contemporary Western Theater Dance (not offered 2018-19)
ARTD B250 Performing the Political Body (not offered 2018-19)
ARTD B265 Dance, Migration and Exile (not offered 2018-19)
ARTD B267 Diasporic Bodies: The Black Dancing Body, Restoration, and Activism
ARTD/ANTH B310 Performing the City: Theorizing Bodies in Space (not offered 2018-19)
ARTD B330 Advanced Technique: Modern
ARTD B331 Advanced Technique: Ballet
ARTD B342 Advanced Choreography
ARTD B345 Dance Ensemble: Ballet
ARTD B346 Dance Ensemble: Modern
ARTD B347 Dance Ensemble: Jazz
ARTD B348 Dance Ensemble: West African
ARTD B349 Dance Ensemble: School Performance Project
ARTD B350 Dance Ensemble: Hip Hop
ARTD B390 Senior Project/Thesis
ARTD B403 Supervised Work
ARTA B251/EDUC B251 Arts Teaching in Educational and Community Settings