Academic Program

The Department of Theater and Dance offers a major and a minor in dance as a contemporary performing art form. Intergrating both theory and practice within the framework of a liberal arts education, the curriculum develops an understanding of art, culture, and humanity through dance. The dance program encourages original choreographic work and provides a variety of performing opportunities for students at all levels of experience.

Major Requirements.
1) Creative Process.
Two to four courses from the following list, one of which must be 151, 251, or 253. Students undertaking a written thesis in dance complete at least two courses from this list. Students undertaking a choreographic thesis must complete four courses from the list, one of which must be 351. DANC 351 must be completed before the thesis is begun.
DANC 151. Introduction to Dance Composition.
DANC 251. Dance Composition.
DANC 253. Dance Repertory Performance.
DANC 351. Advanced Composition Seminar.
DN/ED s29. Tour, Teach, Perform.
DANC s32. Building a Dance Practice.

2) Cultural Context.
Two courses from the following:
DN/TH 104. What is Performance?
DANC 250. Early Modern Dance History.
AA/DN 252. Contemporary Issues in Dance.
INDS 256. Rites of Spring.
FYS 353. Making Performance.
FYS 399. Reading Dancing, Writing Dance.
FYS 437. What is Performance?

3) Technique.
Three full credits in dance technique, which must include a minimum of three half-credit studio coures, each in a different style (e.g., modern, jazz, ballet, improvisation, hip hop, world dance forms):
DANC 230. Dance Improvisation.
DANC 240. Technique: A Kinesthetic Approach.
DANC 340. Technique: Bodies in Motion.
DANC s32. Building a Dance Practice.
Any combination of DANC or DN/TH 270 studio courses (one-half credit each).

4) Production and Design.
One course in theater production or design from the following (THEA 232 is recommended):
THEA 130. Introduction to Design.
THEA 132. Theater Technology.
THEA 232. Lighting Design.
THEA 233. Costume Design.
THEA 236. Pattern Drafting and Draping.

5) One additional credit in dance, or one course in theater, music, or art and visual culture.

6) DANC 300. Bates Dance Festival. Majors must participate in at least one Bates Dance Festival, though they may participate more than once.

7) DANC 457 or 458. Senior Thesis. A choreographic thesis is available only to students who have completed the two additional courses in creative process including DANC 351, Advanced Composition Seminar.

8) Performance participation in a minimum of four faculty, guest artist, or thesis dance pieces at the college. DANC 253 satisfies this requirement.

Pass/Fail Grading Option. The use of the pass/fail option is restricted to one course within the major.

Minor Requirements.
1) Two courses in creative process from the following:
DANC 151. Introduction to Dance Composition.
DANC 251. Dance Composition.
DANC 253. Dance Repertory Performance.
DANC 351. Advanced Composition Seminar.
DN/ED s29. Tour, Teach, Perform.
DANC s32. Building a Dance Practice.

2) One course in dance theory and context from the following:
DN/TH 104. What is Performance?
DANC 250. Early Modern Dance History.
AA/DN 252. Contemporary Issues in Dance.
INDS 256. Rites of Spring.
FYS 399. Reading Dancing, Writing Dance.
FYS 437. What is Performance?

3) Two full credits in dance technique from the following, which must include a minimum of one-half credit course in each of two different styles (e.g., modern, jazz, ballet, improvization, hip-hop, world dance forms):
DANC 230. Dance Improvisation.
DANC 240. Technique: A Kinesthetic Approach.
DANC 340. Technique: Bodies in Motion.
DANC s32. Building a Dance Practice.
Any combination of DANC or DN/TH 270 studio courses at (one-half credit each).

4) One additional course in dance, theater, music, or art and visual culture.

5) Performance participation in a minimum of four faculty or guest artist dance pieces at the college. This requirement is fully satisfied for minors by DANC 253 or DANC 300.

Participation in the DANC 300, Bates Dance Festival, is strongly recommended.

Pass/Fail Grading Option. The use of the pass/fail option is restricted to one course within the major or minor.