How do I register for dance courses?
Can I take a dance course to satisfy my PE requirement?
How many dance classes can I take per semester?
How is level determined in technique courses?
Can I audit a dance class?
What's being offered in the coming semester?
Is there any financial support for outside classes, workshops, summer internships, or courses of study?
Answers for Current Students
- Students who want to take dance courses for academic credit can do so through regular academic registration procedures. Students who want PE credit can register the first week of classes when PE registration opens.
- Lecture/Seminar courses and Dance Composition carry 1 academic credit.
- There are two ways to register for Ensemble courses and intermediate and advanced technique courses: for .5 academic credit or for Physical Education credit. Beginning dance technique courses can be taken for PE credit or for .5 academic credit through the course Intro to Dance Techniques.
- The program advises first-year students to take technique/ensemble courses for PE credit during the first semester on campus.
Yes. Undergraduates must complete six PE credits including the swim test or a swim course. Beyond the swim requirement and the wellness requirement (the THRIVE program), students can fulfill all or any PE credits through Dance. Also, students may earn up to two credits for a pre-approved independent study in an accredited studio or with an accredited instructor in the area if a particular field of study is not offered as part of the curriculum or if the student wants more classes at an intermediate or advanced level.
Students may take as many courses as they want with the proviso that they continue to take their full academic schedule and workload into account.
- We recommend that incoming students, in their first semester, take technique and ensemble courses for PE credit. PE credits are required; by taking them in the first year, a student then eliminates worry about grades and the academic record.
- If a student is a dedicated dancer who wants to dance every day or several days a week, the student may have to mix and match courses. If a student wants additional courses and no longer needs credit, they may continue to take classes as an auditor.
First-year students interested in intermediate or advanced ballet should attend a placement class on Thursday, August 31 from 5:15 - 6:30 pm in the Pem Studio.
For all other classes, see the guidelines below or contact the Dance Program to determine which level to take. The first week of class is a trial week to see if everyone is placed in an appropriate level.
- Level 1 = beginning students, students who have not danced since childhood, students who have not danced in 4 to 5 years and need time to get back in shape, students returning from injuries, etc.
- Level 2 = students who have 1.5 to 2 years in a technique, more experienced dancers who are trying a new style or technique.
- Level 3 = students with a minimum of 3 to 4 years in a technique, or permission of the instructor.
- Open level classes (e.g., African or Hip-hop) accommodate both beginners and those returning to take the course again. It is possible for more advanced dancers to mix and match courses if there is a schedule conflict.
A student may attend a course If there is space, and with a commitment to come to the class in a reasonably consistent manner, i.e., on a weekly basis even if only coming to one of two class sessions offered each week.