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.
Students undertaking a written thesis in dance complete at least two courses from this list, one of which must be 151, 251, or 253. Students undertaking a choreographic thesis must complete four courses from the list, one of which must be DANC 351 or the equivalent, which must be completed before the thesis is begun.
AV/TH 221. Performance Art.
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.

2) Cultural Context.
Two courses from the following:
AF/AM 119. Cultural Politics.
AF/DN 252. Contemporary Issues in Dance.
DANC 250. Early Modern Dance History.
FYS 399. Reading Dancing, Writing Dance.
FYS 437. What is Performance?
INDS 305. Art, Power, Politics.

Note: The following courses can be used to fulfill either 1) Creative Process or 2) Cultural Context:
DANC 245. Dance Pedagogy.
DN/TH s13. Body/Site/Create: Site Specific Performance.

3) Technique.
Three credits in physical practice courses, which must include courses in three different forms (e.g., DANC 240; 270: 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, art and visual culture, or EDUC 265, Teaching through the Arts.

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, or EDUC 265, Teaching Through the Arts.

8) Performance participation in a minimum of four faculty, guest artist, or thesis dance pieces at the college, or at the Bates Dance Festival. 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) Creative Process.
Two courses from the following:
AV/TH 221. Performance Art.
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.

2) Cultural Context.
One course from the following:
AF/AM 119. Cultural Politics.
AF/DN 252. Contemporary Issues in Dance.
DANC 250. Early Modern Dance History.
FYS 399. Reading Dancing, Writing Dance.
FYS 437. What is Performance?
INDS 305. Art, Culture, and Politics.

Note: the following courses can be used to fulfill either 1) Creative Process or 2) Cultural Context:
DANC 245. Dance Pedagogy.
DN/TH s13. Body/Suite/Create: Site Specific Performance.

3) Technique.
Two credits in physical practice courses, which must include courses in two different forms (e.g., DANC 240; 270: modern, jazz, ballet, improvisation, hip hop, world dance forms, etc.)

4) One additional course in dance, theater, music, or art and visual culture, or EDUC 265, Teaching through the Arts. Participation in the DANC 300, Bates Dance Festival, is strongly recommended.

5) Performance participation in a minimum of two faculty or guest artist dance pieces at the college or at the Bates Dance Festival. This requirement is satisfied for minors by DANC 253.

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