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Dance (Minor)

About the Program

Dance at Buffalo State delivers a liberal arts education and embraces a civic and community engagement philosophy in all aspects of the program. In addition to rigorous studio training that enhances the physical experience of the art form, the curricula is designed to deepen students understanding of the cultural, historical, and aesthetic value of dance to our world. Our community-engaged program fulfills our dance students’ distinct aspirations while addressing local and global societal needs.

The Bachelor of Arts degree in Arts and Letters with a concentration in dance is an interdisciplinary major that allows students to pursue their particular interests whether that be performance, education, therapy, or community work with dance as the primary course of study. Excellent learning experiences in and out of the classroom develop dance leaders for an increasingly global society.

The dance program also offers a 21-credit-hour minor. The program focuses on the study of dance as art, science, education, and culture. Through studio techniques, theory, history, and composition, students reflect on their own creativity and its aesthetic value, which leads to considering how dance enhances their major, is an expression of culture, and helps to build community.

About the Theater Department

222 Donald Savage Building
1300 Elmwood Ave
Buffalo, NY 14222
Phone: (716) 878-6416
Fax: (716) 878-4409
http://theater.buffalostate.edu/

Program Requirements

Required Course (3 credit hours)
DAN 303 DANCE COMPOSITION 3

Lower Division Studio Technique (6 credit hours) selected by advisement
Select two from the following: 6
DAN 200 MODERN DANCE TECHNIQUE I
DAN 201 TEACHING CREATIVE MOVEMENT
DAN 220 BALLET TECHNIQUE I

Upper Division Studio Technique (3 credit hours)
Select one from the following: 3
DAN 302 MODERN DANCE TECHNIQUE II
DAN 330 BALLET TECHNIQUE II

Electives selected by advisement 9
Choose 3 lower division and six upper division credit hours or nine upper division credit hours:
DAN 200 MODERN DANCE TECHNIQUE I
DAN 201 TEACHING CREATIVE MOVEMENT
DAN 220 BALLET TECHNIQUE I
DAN 244 SOCIAL DANCE FORMS
DAN 250 JAZZ DANCE
DAN 301 KINESTHETIC LEARNING METHODS AND PRACTICES
DAN 302 MODERN DANCE TECHNIQUE II
DAN 310 DANCE FOR MUSICAL THEATER
DAN 312 MODERN DANCE TECHNIQUE III
DAN 330 BALLET TECHNIQUE II
DAN 340 BALLET TECHNIQUE III
DAN 350 TAP DANCE FOR THE STAGE: ELEMENTARY (1)
DAN 389 TOPIC COURSE
DAN 401 TEACHING DANCE
DAN 450 TAP DANCE FOR THE STAGE: INTERMEDIATE (1)
DAN 495 SPECIAL PROJECT (1-3)

Total Credit Hours 21

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