Dance, BA/BS


Program Description

The mission of the Dance program at Dixie State University is to provide a diverse population of students the opportunity to achieve their dance education goals by developing the skills of embodied practice and scholarly and creative inquiry. Offering a BA/BS degree, as well as a minor in Dance, the program provides students a broad understanding of dance as an academic and professional discipline through technical, creative, and contextual courses, which complement and reinforce one another. Dance program faculty actively engage with students in the classroom and provide mentorship in areas of professional interest. The program produces three mainstage concerts each year featuring student, faculty, and guest artist choreography and participates in the American College Dance Association regional conference.


Program Curriculum

120 credits

DSU General Education Requirements

All DSU General Education requirements must be fulfilled. A previously earned degree may fulfill those requirements, but courses must be equivalent to DSU’s minimum General Education standards in American Institutions, English, and Mathematics.

General Education Core Requirements
English3-7
Mathematics3-5
American Institutions3-6
Life Sciences 3-10
Physical Sciences3-5
Laboratory Science0-1
Fine Arts3
Literature/Humanities3
Social & Behavioral Sciences3
Exploration 3-5
Bachelor of Arts: Foreign Language Requirement3-16
Complete one of the following:
- Complete 16 credits in a single foreign language, through earned credit (grade C or higher), credit by examination, or vertical credit from the courses listed on the GE Foreign Language Requirement page 1
- Complete a 2020 or higher foreign language course (grade C or higher)
- Complete a 3060 foreign language course listed below (grade C or higher)
- Receive 16 transfer credits for GEFL 1000 (8) and GEFL 2000 (8) in a single foreign language (grade C or higher)
OR
Complete a 1010 course listed below in a second foreign language (grade C or higher) AND one of the following:
1. In a language not taught at DSU, receive 12 FLATS exam credits for FLAT 1000 (8) and FLAT 2000 (4)
or
2. In a language not taught at DSU, receive 12 transfer credits articulated as GEFL 1000 (8) and GEFL 2000 (4) (all grade C or higher)
OR
Available only to students who are nonnative English speakers, complete one of the following:
- Complete 16 credits of ESL courses listed below (grade B or higher)
- Complete ESL 2750 or ESL 2760 (grade B or higher).
- Submit one of the following test scores required for unconditional DSU admission: TOEFL (61 iBT, 173 CBT, or 500 PBT); or Michigan (70); or USU-IELE equivalent score. Other tests may be accepted for admission to DSU but will not fulfill this requirement. Official scores must be submitted to the Registrar’s Office.
Total Hours3-16

Dance Program Requirements

Required Technique Courses
Complete 10.5 credits from the following; at least 1.5 credits must be DANC 3101R or higher:
DANC 1101RBallet Technique I 1.5
DANC 2101RBallet Technique II 1.5
DANC 3101RBallet Technique III 1.5
DANC 4101RBallet Technique IV 1.5
Complete 10.5 credits from the following; at least 1.5 credits must be DANC 3201R or higher:
DANC 1201RModern Dance I1.5
DANC 2201RModern Dance II 1.5
DANC 3201RModern Dance III 1.5
DANC 4201RModern Dance IV 1.5
Required Performance Course
DANC 4800RDance Performance 2
Required Theory Courses
DANC 1001First Year Experience: Dance 2
DANC 1160Music For Dance 1
DANC 2110Orientation to Dance Major3
DANC 2330Improvisation2
DANC 3260Dance Production 2
DANC 3710Dance in a Cultural Perspective 3
DANC 3900Composition2
DANC 4510Kinesiology for Dancers 4
DANC 4600Dance Pedagogy3
DANC 4710Dance History3
DANC 4900Choreography Capstone (ALUR)1
DANC 4910Senior Capstone 2
Elective Courses
Complete at least three (3) credits from the following:
Dance Conditioning
Social Dance
Aerial Dance Technique I
Jazz Dance I
Ballroom Dance I, International Standard
World Dance Forms
Ballroom Dance I, International Latin
Movement for Musical Theatre
Tap Dance
Pointe I
Dance Partnering
Aerial Dance Technique II
Jazz Dance II
Ballroom Dance II - International Standard
Ballroom Dance II, International Latin
Tap Dance II
Ballroom Dance Team
Seminars in Dance
Dance for Theatre Performance
Visual Media for Dance
Independent Study
Dance Travel Study

Graduation Requirements

  1. Complete a minimum of 120 college-level credits (1000 and above).
  2. Complete at least 40 upper-division credits (3000 and above).
  3. Complete at least 30 upper-division credits at DSU for institutional residency.
  4. Cumulative GPA 2.0 or higher.
  5. Grade C or higher in each Core Discipline and Discipline Depth Requirement course.

Graduation Plan - Odd Year Start

Plan of Study Grid
1st Year
Fall SemesterHours
Ballet Technique 1.5
Modern Dance 1.5
DANC 4800R Dance Performance 2
ENGL 1010 Introduction to Writing (EN) 3
MATH 1030 Quantitative Reasoning (MA) 3
General Electives 2
DANC 1001 First Year Experience: Dance 2
 Hours15
Spring Semester
Ballet Technique 1.5
Modern Technique 1.5
DANC 1160 Music For Dance 1
DANC 2110 Orientation to Dance Major 3
ENGL 2010 Interm Writing Selected Topics: (EN) 3
General Education (American Institutions) 3
General Education (Fine Arts) 3
 Hours16
2nd Year
Fall Semester
Ballet Technique 1.5
Modern Dance 1.5
DANC 2330 Improvisation 2
DANC 3260 Dance Production 2
General Education (Social & Behavioral Sciences) 3
General Education (Life Sciences - BIOL 1200 recommended) 3
General Electives 2
 Hours15
Spring Semester
Ballet Technique 1.5
Modern Dance 1.5
DANC 3900 Composition 2
DANC 4800R Dance Performance 2
General Education (Literature/Humanities) 3
General Education (Physical Sciences & Lab) 4
Dance Elective 1
 Hours15
3rd Year
Fall Semester
Ballet Technique 1.5
Modern Dance 1.5
DANC 4510 Kinesiology for Dancers 4
DANC 4800R Dance Performance (Recommended Elective) 2
DANC 4900 Choreography Capstone (ALUR) 1
General Education (Exploration) 3
General Electives 2
 Hours15
Spring Semester
Ballet Technique 1.5
Modern Dance 1.5
DANC 4600 Dance Pedagogy 3
DANC 4800R Dance Performance (Recommended Elective) 2
General Electives 6
 Hours14
4th Year
Fall Semester
Ballet Technique 1.5
Modern Dance 1.5
DANC 3710 Dance in a Cultural Perspective 3
DANC 4800R Dance Performance (Recommended Elective) 2
General Electives 7
 Hours15
Spring Semester
DANC 4710 Dance History 3
DANC 4910 Senior Capstone 2
Dance Elective 2
General Electives 8
 Hours15
 Total Hours120

Graduation Plan - Even Year Start

Plan of Study Grid
1st Year
Fall SemesterHours
Ballet Technique 1.5
Modern Dance 1.5
DANC 4800R Dance Performance 2
ENGL 1010 Introduction to Writing (EN) 3
MATH 1030 Quantitative Reasoning (MA) 3
DANC 1001 First Year Experience: Dance 2
General Electives 2
 Hours15
Spring Semester
Ballet Technique 1.5
Modern Technique 1.5
DANC 2110 Orientation to Dance Major 3
ENGL 2010 Interm Writing Selected Topics: (EN) 3
General Education (American Institutions) 3
General Education (Fine Arts) 3
 Hours15
2nd Year
Fall Semester
Ballet Technique 1.5
Modern Dance 1.5
DANC 2330 Improvisation 2
DANC 3260 Dance Production 2
General Education (Social & Behavioral Sciences) 3
General Education (Life Sciences - BIOL 1200 recommended) 3
General Electives 2
 Hours15
Spring Semester
Ballet Technique 1.5
Modern Dance 1.5
DANC 1160 Music For Dance 1
DANC 3900 Composition 2
DANC 4800R Dance Performance 2
General Education (Physical Sciences & Lab) 4
General Elective 3
 Hours15
3rd Year
Fall Semester
Ballet Technique 1.5
Modern Dance 1.5
DANC 3710 Dance in a Cultural Perspective 3
DANC 4800R Dance Performance (Recommended Elective) 2
DANC 4900 Choreography Capstone (ALUR) 1
General Education (Exploration) 3
General Electives 3
 Hours15
Spring Semester
Ballet Technique 1.5
Modern Dance 1.5
DANC 4710 Dance History 3
DANC 4800R Dance Performance (Recommended Elective) 2
General Electives 7
 Hours15
4th Year
Fall Semester
Ballet Technique 1.5
Modern Dance 1.5
DANC 4510 Kinesiology for Dancers 4
DANC 4800R Dance Performance (Recommended Elective) 2
General Electives 6
 Hours15
Spring Semester
DANC 4600 Dance Pedagogy 3
DANC 4910 Senior Capstone 2
Dance Elective 2
General Electives 8
 Hours15
 Total Hours120

BA/BS Dance Program Learning Outcomes

At the successful conclusion of this program, students will be able to:

  1. Perform dance with artistry while demonstrating technical competency.
  2. Compose original dance works that implement the choreographic process as creative research from artistic stimulus to finished product.
  3. Analyze the discourse of dance, including the historical and cultural development of dance as an art form, from multiple sources and perspectives and articulate an informed point of view in verbal and written communication.
  4. Analyze and apply concepts of dance science and somatics to personal movement practice and pedagogy.
  5. Implement the knowledge and skills necessary for pursuing a career in the dance field.