The Dance minor provides a foundation for those interested in teaching dance, working in administration with a dance company, managing a private dance studio, working with theatre productions, or desiring a broad-based education within the dance discipline.
The minor is an 18-credit program with 6 required and 12 advised elective credits. The required credits include pertinent foundation courses and advanced-level theory courses. The required courses also provide a comprehensive study of production elements, fundamental and historical theories of dance, and dance choreographic and teaching theories that cannot be obtained in any of the elective courses. The advised elective credits include the technique courses.
The Dance minor is based on the National Standards for Arts Education dance requirements. Using this basis for the program ensures fundamental preparation for a number of students’ needs, e.g., the dance teacher, the performer, and the dance studio owner.
Through advisement, the minor program can serve the individual student’s needs. The program would be of interest to majors in secondary and elementary education, small business, recreation and physical education, theatre, music, and interdisciplinary fine arts and anyone who has an interest in dance and wants to broaden his or her liberal arts education.