Dance Major Education Concentration, with Teacher Certification in Dance (Preschool-Grade 12) (B.A.) - Undergraduate - 2012 University Catalog

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The Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Dance Education prepares students to teach dance in the public schools and settings including community centers, YMCA’s, dance studios, and recreation facilities.  Successful graduates will earn New Jersey teaching certification P-12, which is the most respected credential for teaching pre-kindergarten through grade 12 in the public schools.  Students must apply and be admitted to the Teacher Education program as a step in the admission process. (note: Students in all Theatre & Dance majors must pass yearly juries/portfolio reviews for continuation in the pre-professional programs.)

The BA in Dance Education is a program of the Department of Theatre & Dance.  For further information, including admission guidelines, click here.  

Curriculum Requirements:  All university students must fulfill the set General Education Requirements  applicable to their degree. In addition, students pursuing the Dance Education Major must complete the requirements below:


DANCE EDUCATION MAJOR

Complete 50 semester hours including the following 5 requirement(s):

  1. DANCE TECHNIQUE: MODERN

    Complete 12 semester hours from the following:

    DNCE 241 Dance Technique: Modern II (2 hours lecture, 4 hours studio) 3
    DNCE 341 Dance Technique: Modern III (2 hours lecture, 4 hours studio) 3
    DNCE 441 Dance Technique: Modern IV (2 hours lecture, 4 hours studio) 3
  2. DANCE TECHNIQUE: BALLET

    Complete 12 semester hours from the following:

    DNCE 255 Dance Technique: Ballet II 2-3
    DNCE 355 Dance Technique: Ballet III (2 hours lecture, 4 hours studio) 2-3
    DNCE 455 Dance Technique: Ballet IV (2 hours lecture, 4 hours studio) 3
  3. DANCE REPERTORY

    Complete four times for a total of 2 semester hours.

    DNCE 485 Dance Repertory (1 hour lecture, 3 hours studio) 0.5
  4. DANCE HISTORY

    Complete 1 course for 3 semester hours from:

    DNCE 315 Dance History: Primitive to 1850 (3 hours lecture) 3
    DNCE 316 Dance History: 1850 to Present (3 hours lecture) 3
  5. DANCE EDUCATION REQUIRED COURSES

    Complete 8 courses for 21 semester hours:

    DNCE 130 Dance Science (1 hour lab, 2 hours lecture) 3
    DNCE 161 Choreography I (3 hours lecture, 1 hour studio) 2
    DNCE 205 Rhythmic Analysis (3 hours lecture) 3
    DNCE 235 Laban Movement Analysis and Bartenieff Fundamentals (3 hours lecture) 3
    DNCE 245 World Dance (4 hours lab) 3
    DNCE 261 Choreography II (3 hours lecture, 1 hour studio) 2
    DNCE 265 Dance Improvisation (3 hours lecture, 1 hour studio) 2
    DNCE 325 Dance Methods (3 hours lecture) 3

Course Descriptions:

DNCE130: Dance Science (1 hour lab, 2 hours lecture)

This course seeks to provide the dance student an educational experience where anatomical and kinesiological concepts are taught in the context of dance performance and injury prevention. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: For Dance (DANC), Dance Education Studio Teaching (DAST), Dance Education P-12 Teacher Certification (DAED) students only.

DNCE161: Choreography I (3 hours lecture, 1 hour studio)

Elements and methods of dance composition. 2 sh.

Prerequisites: DNCE 265.

DNCE205: Rhythmic Analysis (3 hours lecture)

All basic rhythmic structures (basic note values, meter, etc.) covered and immediately applied to movement; games, notational assignments, and choreographic studies used to create understanding of the inherent rhythm within all basic dance movement. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: Dance majors only.

DNCE235: Laban Movement Analysis and Bartenieff Fundamentals (3 hours lecture)

Introduces principles and practical applications of Laban Movement Analysis and the Bartenieff Fundamentals. Presents LMA as a comprehensive system of analyzing, observing and notating human movement. Bartenieff Fundamentals, a body therapy used to increase body and movement efficiency with greater ease, explores the functional anatomy of body organization and patterning in human movement. Course includes both theory and practical application. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: Dance majors only.

DNCE241: Dance Technique: Modern II (2 hours lecture, 4 hours studio)

Further study and application of basic movement vocabulary, alignment, complex movement patterns, style and performance. May be repeated for a maximum of twenty-four credits. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: Dance majors or minors only.

DNCE245: World Dance (4 hours lab)

The distinctive techniques customarily related to specific non-western cultures. The groups studied will vary from semester to semester. May be repeated for a maximum of twelve (12) credits. Meets the Multicultural Awareness Requirement (MAR). If taken more than once, must be with a different cultural content. Meets Gen Ed 2002 - Non-Western Cultural Perspectives. 3 sh.

DNCE255: Dance Technique: Ballet II

Further study of beginning ballet with emphasis on structural alignment, barre work and center floor exercises. DNCE majors: 3 credits. THMT majors: 2-3 credits. May be repeated for a maximum of twenty-four credits. 2 - 3 sh.

Prerequisites: Dance and Musical Theatre majors and minors only.

DNCE261: Choreography II (3 hours lecture, 1 hour studio)

Dance choreography with emphasis on small group works and solos, including form and structure. 2 sh.

Prerequisites: DNCE 161.

DNCE265: Dance Improvisation (3 hours lecture, 1 hour studio)

Basic skills and problems in dance improvisation. 2 sh.

Prerequisites: Dance majors or minors only.

DNCE315: Dance History: Primitive to 1850 (3 hours lecture)

Dance as it has developed from primitive, religious and ritualistic movement to the establishment of ballet in Russia. Emphasis upon ancient forms, courtly life, and the development of ballet. Meets the University Writing Requirement for majors in Dance. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: Departmental approval.

DNCE316: Dance History: 1850 to Present (3 hours lecture)

Study of dance in its historical context, with reference to development of ballet, modern dance, post-modernism, and jazz elements. Meets the University Writing Requirement for majors in Dance. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: Departmental approval.

DNCE325: Dance Methods (3 hours lecture)

Approaches, problems, resources and techniques for teaching and developing dance programs geared to grades 7-12 and various adult levels. Includes curriculum, unit and lesson planning as well as practical application of methodology. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: Dance majors only.

DNCE341: Dance Technique: Modern III (2 hours lecture, 4 hours studio)

Further study and application of basic movement vocabulary, complex movement patterns, style and performance. May be repeated for a maximum of twenty-four credits. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: Dance majors and minors only and DNCE 141 and DNCE 241; or audition.

DNCE355: Dance Technique: Ballet III (2 hours lecture, 4 hours studio)

Advanced technique in ballet with emphasis on individualized placement. Work on musicality, line, dynamics and stylistic refinement. DNCE majors: 3 credits. THMT majors: 2-3 credits. May be repeated for a maximum of twenty-four credits. 2 - 3 sh.

Prerequisites: Musical Theatre Majors/Minors, Dance majors and minors only, DNCE 255, or by audition.

DNCE441: Dance Technique: Modern IV (2 hours lecture, 4 hours studio)

Continuation of DNCE 341. May be repeated for a maximum of twenty-four credits. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: Dance majors and minors only and DNCE 141 and DNCE 241 and DNCE 341; or audition.

DNCE455: Dance Technique: Ballet IV (2 hours lecture, 4 hours studio)

Advanced ballet technique with emphasis on individualized placement. Continuation of work with intricate, technically difficult sequences. Continuation of emphasis on musicality, line, dynamics, and stylistic refinement. May be repeated for a maximum of twenty-four credits. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: Dance majors and minors only and DNCE 155 and DNCE 255 and DNCE 355; or audition.

DNCE485: Dance Repertory (1 hour lecture, 3 hours studio)

Dancing, choreographing, or providing technical assistance for the MSU Repertory Dance Company. Must be taken every semester. 0.5 sh.

Prerequisites: Dance majors and minors only and audition.