Dance Minor - Undergraduate - 2009 University Catalog

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The Minor in Dance provides an experiential overview of dance as a discipline, intended for students majoring in another area of study.  Coursework includes modern and ballet technique classes along with dance repertory and opportunities to perform.  To minor in dance (and have it listed on the transcript), students must proceed as follows:

1. Schedule and complete an interview/audition for acceptance into the program.
2. Complete the Minor Program sequence.
3. Request the Registrar, during the senior year of study, to certify on official Montclair State records the completion of the minor program of study.

The Dance Minor is a program of the Department of Theatre & Dance.  For further information, click here


DANCE MINOR

Complete 21 semester hours, from the following:

  1. REQUIRED DANCE COURSES

    Complete 1 course from the following:

    DNCE 105 Dance Appreciation 3
    DNCE 316 Dance History: 1850 to Present 3
  2. MODERN DANCE REQUIREMENT

    Complete 6 semester hours from the following:

    DNCE 141 Dance Technique: Modern I 3
    DNCE 241 Dance Technique: Modern II 3
    DNCE 341 Dance Technique: Modern III 3
    DNCE 441 Dance Technique: Modern IV 3
  3. BALLET REQUIREMENT

    Complete 6 semester hours from the following:

    DNCE 155 Dance Technique: Ballet I 3
    DNCE 255 Dance Technique: Ballet II 3
    DNCE 355 Dance Technique: Ballet III 2-3
    DNCE 455 Dance Technique: Ballet IV 3
  4. DANCE ELECTIVES

    Complete 6 semester hours-8 semester hours hours from the following:

    1.  

      DNCE 141 Dance Technique: Modern I 3
      DNCE 150 Production Elements-Dance 2
      DNCE 155 Dance Technique: Ballet I 3
      DNCE 161 Choreography I 2
      DNCE 241 Dance Technique: Modern II 3
      DNCE 255 Dance Technique: Ballet II 3
      DNCE 265 Dance Improvisation 2
      DNCE 315 Dance History: Primitive to 1850 3
      DNCE 341 Dance Technique: Modern III 3
      DNCE 355 Dance Technique: Ballet III 2-3
      DNCE 441 Dance Technique: Modern IV 3
      DNCE 455 Dance Technique: Ballet IV 3
    2. A maximum of 1 semester hours may also be taken in one of the following:

      DNCE 485 Dance Repertory 0.5
    3. A maximum of 3 semester hours may also be taken in the following:

      DNCE 435 Dance Arts Activity 3

Course Descriptions:

DNCE105: Dance Appreciation

Course is designed to inform the student about dance as a performing art form. Focus is on developing a critical framework for viewing various styles of dance performance. The course includes lectures, discussions, selected readings, films, video tapes, and live performances. Some experiential movement sessions. Meets Gen Ed 2002 - Fine and Performing Arts. Meets the 1983 General Education Requirement (GER) - Fine and Performing Arts: Art Appreciation. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: Non-majors only.

DNCE141: Dance Technique: Modern I

Introduction to modern dance. Techniques and basic elements of modern dance. Designed for non-majors or students with limited or no previous experience. May be repeated for a maximum of twelve credits. Meets Gen Ed 2002 - Fine and Performing Arts. Meets the 1983 General Education Requirement (GER) - Electives, Creative Expression. 3 sh.

DNCE150: Production Elements-Dance

Introduction to technical productions related to dance. Survey of terminology, application of production principles, and aesthetic potential for production. 2 sh.

DNCE155: Dance Technique: Ballet I

Study of basic ballet terminology, barre work, center floor exercises. May be repeated for a maximum of twelve credits. Meets Gen Ed 2002 - Fine and Performing Arts. Meets the 1983 General Education Requirement (GER) - Electives, Creative Expression. 3 sh.

DNCE161: Choreography I

Elements and methods of dance composition. 2 sh.

Prerequisites: DNCE 265.

DNCE241: Dance Technique: Modern II

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.

DNCE255: Dance Technique: Ballet II

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

Prerequisites: Dance majors or minors only.

DNCE265: Dance Improvisation

Basic skills and problems in dance improvisation. 2 sh.

Prerequisites: Dance majors or minors only.

DNCE315: Dance History: Primitive to 1850

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 1983 General Education Requirement (GER) - Fine and Performing Arts: Art Appreciation. Meets the University Writing Requirement for DAED and DANC majors. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: Departmental approval.

DNCE316: Dance History: 1850 to Present

Study of dance in its historical context, with reference to development of ballet, modern dance, post-modernism, and jazz elements. Meets the 1983 General Education Requirement (GER) - Fine and Performing Arts: Art Appreciation. Meets the University Writing Requirement for DAED, DAMT, DANC, and MMTH majors. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: Departmental approval.

DNCE341: Dance Technique: Modern III

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

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.

DNCE435: Dance Arts Activity

The theory and practice of specialized dance activities which are not currently part of the core curriculum in dance. May be repeated without limit as long as the topic is different. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: Musical Theatre, Acting, Theatre Studies, or Dance majors only; audition required.

DNCE441: Dance Technique: Modern IV

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

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

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.