Dance

Requirements & Courses

Movement is the language of dance. Dancers use their bodies in space as a prime means of expression. Alma’s dance program stresses the development of imagination, creativity and performance skills. Several dance productions are presented each term.

Dance graduates find employment in professional, educational and community theatre; arts administration; or in such non-theatre areas as broadcasting, social work and public relations.

Major Requirements
Thirty-six credits which must include eight credits of Dance Studio Technique choosing from Theatre and Dance 140, 142, 144, 145, 240, 242, 244, 245, 340, 342, 344 and 345 (any of which may be repeated for credit); 12 credits of Dance Theory 220, 350 and 351; eight credits of Choreography 201, 301; four credits of Theatre; and four credits of Dance electives.

All Majors are required to take the departmental comprehensive examination which is administered by the Department on campus at the end of the Winter Term of the senior year.

Minor Requirements
Twenty-four credits which must include six credits of Dance Studio Technique choosing from THD 140, 142, 144, 145, 240, 242, 244, 340, 342, 344 and 345 (any of which may be repeated for credit); eight credits of Dance History 350, 351; four credits of Theatre; four credits of Choreography 201 plus two credits of dance electives.

Students bound for graduate school or the dance-teaching profession should choose courses to support their area of emphasis. Participation in research and additional coursework in choreography, pedagogy, theatre, music, business, physiology and anatomy are desirable.

Courses

  • THD
    140
    .
    Modern Dance I Beginning
    1 credit
    Development of modern dance as a performing art. Movement exploration exercises and beginning techniques of modern dance. May be repeated for credit.
  • THD
    142
    .
    Tap Dance I Beginning
    1 credit
    Elementary exploration of rhythms and steps basic to the art form of tap dancing. Study of terminology and technique. Beginning tap routines with elementary progressions. May be repeated for credit.
  • THD
    144
    .
    Ballet I Beginning
    1 credit
    Development of ballet as a performing art. Build strength and develop body carriage/posture and learn basic techniques of ballet. May be repeated for credit.
  • THD
    145
    .
    Jazz Dance I Beginning
    1 credit
    Development of jazz dance as a performing art. Principles of basic jazz dance. May be repeated for credit.
  • THD
    220
    .
    Creative Movement for Children
    4 credits
    Sophomore Standing
    Exploration of movement as a means to improve communication, body/kinetic awareness, creative expression and perceptual-motor development. Focuses on the learning/teaching process, creativity, dance materials, methods and lesson planning. Observation and assisting in elementary school classrooms to facilitate student understanding of components listed above.
  • THD
    240
    .
    Modern Dance II Intermediate
    1 credit
    THD 140 or Permission
    Continuation of Modern Dance I. Emphasis on movement patterns and development of body alignment. May be repeated for credit.
  • THD
    242
    .
    Tap Dance II Intermediate
    1 credit
    THD 142 or Permission
    Continued exploration into rhythms and steps basic to the art form of tap dancing. Study of terminology and technique. Intermediate tap routines with intermediate progressions. May be repeated for credit.
  • THD
    243
    .
    Yoga II - The Experience
    1 credit
    Yoga complements the dancer as well as the human being in many ways, particularly in the physical realm. Slow stretching and breathing increase flexibility and awareness, and restore tone and vitality. May be repeated for credit.
  • THD
    244
    .
    Ballet II Intermediate
    1 credit
    Permission
    Continuation of Ballet I. Development of ballet combinations and concentration on body alignment. May be repeated for credit.
  • THD
    245
    .
    Jazz Dance II Intermediate
    1 credit
    THD 145 or Permission
    Continuation of Jazz Dance I with emphasis on rhythmic patterns, intermediate steps and body isolations. May be repeated for credit.
  • THD
    248
    .
    Highland Dance II
    1 credit
    THD 148 or Permission
    Continuation of Highland Dance I. Technical accuracy, style and conditioning stressed. Emphasis on performance preparation. May be repeated for credit.
  • THD
    249
    .
    Pointe II Intermediate
    1 credit
    THD 149 or Permission
    Continued development of classical ballet skill technique en pointe. Principles of intermediate pointe technique are displayed and discussed. May be repeated for credit.
  • THD
    280
    .
    Topics in Theatre and Dance
    4 credits
    Special topics and projects selected by instructor. Background prerequisites vary with selections.
  • THD
    *
    299
    .
    Independent Study
    1-4 credits
    Permission
    Supervised reading, research or projects.
  • THD
    *
    301
    .
    Choreography II
    4 credits
    THD 201 or Permission
    Further investigation of the analysis of choreographic styles. Continued development of individual skills for choreographing.
  • THD
    *
    340
    .
    Modern Dance III Advanced
    1 credit
    THD 240 or Permission
    Continuation of Modern Dance II. Emphasis on refinement of performance techniques, style and improvisation. May be repeated for credit.
  • THD
    *
    342
    .
    Tap Dance III Advanced
    1 credit
    THD 242 or Permission
    Continued exploration into rhythms and steps basic to the art form of tap dancing. Study of terminology and technique. Advanced tap routines with advanced progressions. May be repeated for credit.
  • THD
    343
    .
    Yoga III - The Experience
    1 credit
    Yoga complements the dancer as well as the human being in many ways, particularly in the physical realm. Slow stretching and breathing increase flexibility and awareness, and restore tone and vitality. May be repeated for credit.
  • THD
    *
    344
    .
    Ballet III Advanced
    2 credits
    Permission
    Continuation of Ballet II. Emphasis on further development of style and technique. May be repeated for credit.
  • THD
    *
    345
    .
    Jazz III Advanced
    1 credit
    THD 245 or Permission
    Continuation of Jazz Dance II with emphasis on advanced rhythmic patterns and isolations. May be repeated for credit.
  • THD
    *
    346
    .
    Dance/Theatre Trip
    4 credits
    Permission
    In-depth investigation and exploration of various dance and theatre forms. Opportunities to witness professional dance companies and theatre companies, attending performances and touring backstage. Historical backgrounds and current trends in dance and theatre examined. Journal, critiques and final paper. Trips have included London, New York, and Toronto.
  • THD
    *
    347
    .
    Dance Criticism
    4 credits
    Sophomore Standing
    Introduction to the history of dance criticism as well as philosophies of early dance critics. Review dance films, video tape recordings and actual performances and evaluate each in the various critical styles. Investigate the structure and function of historical, recreative and judicial criticism, and review dance critics of today and their influence upon the dance world.
  • THD
    *
    349
    .
    Pointe III Advanced
    1 credit
    THD 149, 249 or Permission
    Continued development of classical ballet skill technique en pointe. Principles of advanced pointe displayed and discussed. Includes classical variations en pointe. May be repeated for credit.
  • THD
    *
    350
    .
    Dance History I
    4 credits
    Survey of culture, styles and methods of dance from its beginnings until the end of the Baroque period. Primitive rituals and liturgical, theatrical, Western and non-Western dance forms.
  • THD
    *
    351
    .
    Dance History II
    4 credits
    Survey of culture, styles and methods of dance from the Baroque period to the Modern period. Ethnic, concert and interpretative forms. Emphasis on theatrical ballet and 20th century contemporary dance.
  • THD
    *
    385-*386
    .
    Practicum
    4 credits each
    Permission
    Study-work participation in community institutions, schools or professional organizations combined with faculty supervision. Practical experience in teaching, directing or performance of theatre and dance. Culminates in written report.
  • THD
    *
    399
    .
    Independent Study
    1-4 credits
    Permission
    Supervised reading, research or projects.
  • THD
    *
    480
    .
    Topics in Theatre and Dance
    4 credits
    Special topics and projects selected by the instructor. Background prerequisites vary with selections.
  • THD
    *
    499
    .
    Independent Study
    1-4 credits
    Permission
    Supervised reading, research or projects.
  • THD
    *
    500
    .
    Senior Thesis
    4 credits
    Permission
    Students with honors in Theatre and Dance must complete a Senior Thesis, approved and directed by the Department.