Dance, BA/BS


Program Description

The mission of the Dance program at Utah Tech 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

Utah Tech General Education Requirements

All Utah Tech General Education requirements must be fulfilled. A previously earned degree may fulfill those requirements, but courses must be equivalent to Utah Tech'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 Utah Tech, receive 12 FLATS exam credits for FLAT 1000 (8) and FLAT 2000 (4)
or
2. In a language not taught at Utah Tech, 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 Utah Tech 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 Utah Tech 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 Project (ALUR)1
DANC 4910Dance Career Preparation3
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 Utah Tech 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

1st Year
Fall SemesterHoursSpring SemesterHours
Ballet Technique1.5Ballet Technique1.5
Modern Dance1.5Modern Technique1.5
DANC 4800R2DANC 11601
ENGL 10103DANC 21103
MATH 10303ENGL 20103
General Electives2General Education (American Institutions)3
DANC 10012General Education (Fine Arts)3
 15 16
2nd Year
Fall SemesterHoursSpring SemesterHours
Ballet Technique1.5Ballet Technique1.5
Modern Dance1.5Modern Dance1.5
DANC 23302DANC 39002
DANC 32602DANC 4800R2
General Education (Social & Behavioral Sciences)3General Education (Literature/Humanities)3
General Education (Life Sciences - BIOL 1200 recommended)3General Education (Physical Sciences & Lab)4
General Electives2Dance Elective 1
 15 15
3rd Year
Fall SemesterHoursSpring SemesterHours
Ballet Technique1.5Ballet Technique1.5
Modern Dance1.5Modern Dance1.5
DANC 45104DANC 46003
DANC 4800R (Recommended Elective)2DANC 4800R (Recommended Elective)2
DANC 49001General Electives6
General Education (Exploration)3 
General Electives2 
 15 14
4th Year
Fall SemesterHoursSpring SemesterHours
Ballet Technique1.5DANC 47103
Modern Dance1.5DANC 49103
DANC 37103Dance Elective2
DANC 4800R (Recommended Elective)2General Electives7
General Electives7 
 15 15
Total Hours 120

Graduation Plan - Even Year Start

1st Year
Fall SemesterHoursSpring SemesterHours
Ballet Technique1.5Ballet Technique1.5
Modern Dance1.5Modern Technique1.5
DANC 4800R2DANC 21103
ENGL 10103ENGL 20103
MATH 10303General Education (American Institutions)3
DANC 10012General Education (Fine Arts)3
General Electives2 
 15 15
2nd Year
Fall SemesterHoursSpring SemesterHours
Ballet Technique1.5Ballet Technique1.5
Modern Dance1.5Modern Dance1.5
DANC 23302DANC 11601
DANC 32602DANC 39002
General Education (Social & Behavioral Sciences)3DANC 4800R2
General Education (Life Sciences - BIOL 1200 recommended)3General Education (Physical Sciences & Lab)4
General Electives2General Elective3
 15 15
3rd Year
Fall SemesterHoursSpring SemesterHours
Ballet Technique1.5Ballet Technique1.5
Modern Dance1.5Modern Dance1.5
DANC 37103DANC 47103
DANC 4800R (Recommended Elective)2DANC 4800R (Recommended Elective)2
DANC 49001General Electives7
General Education (Exploration)3 
General Electives3 
 15 15
4th Year
Fall SemesterHoursSpring SemesterHours
Ballet Technique1.5DANC 46003
Modern Dance1.5DANC 49103
DANC 45104Dance Elective2
DANC 4800R (Recommended Elective)2General Electives7
General Electives6 
 15 15
Total Hours 120

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.