Academic Program

 

The Department of Theater and Dance offers a major and a minor in dance as a contemporary performing art form. Integrating both theory and practice within the framework of a liberal arts education, the curriculum develops an understanding of art and culture 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 DANC 351 or the equilavent, which 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.
DANC s32. Building a Dance Practice.
DN/ED s29. Tour, Teach, Perform.

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

3) Technique.
Six half-credit DANC 270 courses in studio dance technique, which must include courses in three different styles (e.g., modern, jazz, ballet, improvisation, hip hop, world dance forms, etc.)

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, a three-week residential dance immersion that takes place from the third week in July through the second week in August. Students may participate more than once.

7) DANC 457 or 458. Senior Thesis. A choreographic thesis involves advance choreographic and written research and is available only to students who have completed the two additional courses in creative process including DANC 351, Advanced Composition Seminar, or an equivalent choreographic study agreed upon by advisor and chair. A written thesis involves advanced written research. It is recommended that students wishing to complete a written thesis take at least three courses from among those listed under Cultural Context.

8) Performance participation in a minimum of four faculty, guest artist, or thesis dance pieces at the college. DANC 253 satisfies this requirement. Students should consult with their advisor to confirm the completion of 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.
DANC s32. Building a Dance Practice.
DN/ED s29. Tour, Teach, Perform.

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

3) Four half-credit DANC 270 courses in studio dance technique which must include courses in two different styles (e.g., modern, jazz, ballet, improvisation, hip-hop, world dance forms, etc.):

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 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.