If you are interested in finding out more about the minor and major, please contact the Dr. Linda Caruso Haviland, the Program Director, firstname.lastname@example.org or Associate Director, Madeline Cantor, email@example.com to make an appointment.
THE DANCE MINOR
Six units of coursework are required:
--Three core courses
ARTD 144/ Dance Composition: Elements and Craft
--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.
THE DANCE MAJOR
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.
In brief, the major consists of 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 six required credits listed below and the senior capstone project or thesis. In addition to the required courses, students select four elective credits in Dance that can include up to two approved electives selected from other allied tri-college departments or programs.
All majors must complete 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. Upon approval of the major, all majors must take a technique course each semester and attend on-campus performances and events sponsored by the Program.
- ARTD 140 Approaches to Dance: Themes and Perspectives
- One additional dance lecture/seminar course
- ARTD 142/ Dance Composition: Process and Presence
- ARTD 144/ Dance Composition: Elements and Craft
- One .5 technique course each semester after declaring the major distributed among ARTD 230, 231, 232, 330, and 331 and participation in at least one ensemble if accepted at the audition. (equivalent to 2-3 credits)
- a senior capstone experience (choreographic, research, praxis) The senior capstone should reflect the student’s interest and trajectory in dance. Typically this has included a substantial choreographic work with production responsibilities but can include 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 (1 credit)
- sufficient electives in dance to complete the required eleven units of credit (two electives in the major may be approved courses from allied Tri-College departments or other departments)
- dance card: Students will have to demonstrate attendance at three 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.
- two writing attentive courses (most of our lecture/sem courses are writing attentive and will count towards this). Majors not demonstrating basic academic writing competency will be required to do one semester of supervised work in which the student will produce an 8-10 page paper.
Students wishing to minor or major in Dance should complete at least one introductory level Composition course (ARTD 142, ARTD 144) 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, Dance/Physics and Dance/Mathematics.