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Academic Program

The Department of Theater and Dance offers a major and a minor in dance based in the study and practice of the contemporary performing art form. 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. Courses are open to all students whether seeking a dance degree or studying dance as an elective area of interest.

Major Requirements.
1) Creative Process.
Two courses from the following:
DANC 151. Introduction to Dance Composition.
DANC 251. Dance Composition.
DANC 253. Dance Repertory Performance.

One course from the following:
DANC 351. Advanced Composition Seminar.
DN/ED s29. Tour, Teach, Perform.
DANC s32. Bulding a Dance Practice.

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

3) Technique.
Three full credits in dance technique, which must include a minimum of one-half credit in three different styles (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 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 course in dance, or one course in theater, music, or art and visual culture.

6) DANC 300 (or DANC s30 if taken before 2013). 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.

8) Performance participation in a minimum of four faculty or guest artist 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:
DANC 250. Early Modern Dance History.
AA/DN 252. Contemporary Issues in Dance.
FYS 399. Reading Dancing, Writing Dance.
FYS 353. Making Performance.
FYS 437. What is Performance?
INDS 256. Rites of Spring.

3) Two full credits in dance technique from the following, which must include a minimum of one-half credit in 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 Practive.
Any combination of DANC or DN/TH 270 studio courses at (one-half credit each).

4) One additional course in dance, or one course in 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 three-week summer Bates Dance Festival (DANC 300 or s30) is strongly recommended.

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


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