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Dance

College of the Arts

CSULB ballet preparations

Dance - Undergraduate Programs

Bachelor of Arts in Dance (code DANCBA01) (120 units)

The Bachelor of Arts in Dance allows for the pursuit of a double major.

Student Learning Outcomes

1. Majors will develop competency in modern dance and ballet, enabling them to pursue careers in education, health and fitness, professional arenas, or to further their academic dance pursuits.

2. Majors will gain an overview of the historical, cultural, and scientific dimensions of dance.

3. Majors will explore the fundamental skills and techniques necessary for the public performance of dance.

4. Majors will have practical experience in the production and technological aspects of dance.

5. Majors will be able to demonstrate an understanding of the craft and aesthetic qualities of dance orally, practically, and in writing.

Requirements

Composition (8 units):

  • Take all the following courses:
    • DANC 120 Improvisation (2)
    • DANC 220 Composition I (3)
    • DANC 320 Composition II (3)

Theory (21 units):

  • Take all the following courses:
    • DANC 100 Orientation to Dance (1)
    • DANC 131 Introduction to Music for Dance (2)
    • DANC 161 Placement for the Dancer (2)
    • DANC 260 Functional Anatomy for the Dancer (3)
    • DANC 261 Anatomy with Clay Laboratory (1)
    • DANC 342 Dance in a Cultural Perspective (3)
    • DANC 373I Nonverbal Communication (3)
    • DANC 435I Dance in Film (3)
    • DANC 442 Traditions in Ballet and Modern Dance (3)
  • Take one of the following courses:
    • DANC 470 Dance Pedagogy (3)
    • DANC 475 Dance for Children (3)
  • Take one of the following courses:
    • DANC 491A Design for Dance Lighting (3)
    • DANC 491B Design for Dance Costuming (3)

Performance/Crew (4 units):

  • Take two units from the following courses:
    • DANC 181A, 181B, 381A, 381B, 481A or 481B
  • Take two units from the following courses:
    • DANC 180A, 180B, 295, 321, 380A, 380B, 480A, 480B or 495

Technique (20 units):

  • Take nine units from the following courses:
    • (3 units must be earned from 312 or 412)
    • DANC 152, 252, 312, 412
  • Take nine units from the following courses:
    • (3 units must be earned from 314 or 414):
    • DANC 154, 254, 314, 414
  • Take two units from the following courses:
    • DANC 216, 316

Electives:

  • Take six units from the following courses:
    • DANC 214, 262, 313, 315, 350, 360, 362, 416, 420, 426, 445, 470, 475, 491A, 491B, 498.
  • Each course may only be applied once.

General Education (6 units):

  • Take the following courses:
    • DANC 373I Nonverbal Communication (3)
    • DANC 435I Dance in Film (3)

Option in Dance Science (code DANCBA02) (120 units)

This option offers a course of study that combines specific science courses with dance and is designed to serve students interested in teaching careers, fitness, kinesiology and other science-based fields in dance. This option also prepares successful students for graduate education in the areas of dance science or related studies. Admission into the program is the same as for the general BA in Dance, which includes an entrance and placement audition and meeting all university entrance requirements. See Student Learning Outcomes in DANCBA01.

Requirements

Composition (5 units):

  • Take both of the following courses:
    • DANC 120 Improvisation (2)
    • DANC 220 Composition I (3)

Theory (41 units):

  • Take all the following courses:
    • DANC 100 Orientation to Dance (1)
    • DANC 131 Introduction to Music (2)
    • DANC 161 Body Placement (2)
    • DANC 260 Functional Anatomy for the Dancer (3)
    • DANC 261 Anatomy with Clay Laboratory (1)
    • DANC 262 Pilates I (3)
    • DANC 360 Prevention and Care of Dance Injuries (3)
    • DANC 373I Nonverbal Communicatio (3)
    • DANC 442 Traditions in Ballet and Modern Dance (3)
    • DANC 470 Dance Pedagogy (3)
    • BIOL 207 Human Physiology (4)
    • BIOL 208 Human Anatomy (4)
    • KIN 300 Biomechanics of Human Movement (3)
    • KIN 301 Exercise Physiology (3)
    • KIN 312 Motor Control and Learning (3)

Performance/Crew (2 units):

  • Take one unit from the following courses:
    • DANC 181A, 181B, 381A, 381B, 481A, 481B
  • Take one unit from the following course:
    • DANC 180A, 180B, 295, 380A, 380B, 480A, 480B, 495.

Technique (20 units):

  • Take nine units from the following courses:
    • (3 units must be earned from 312)
    • DANC 152, 252, 312
  • Take nine units from the following courses:
    • (3 units must be from 314)
    • DANC 154, 254, 314, 414
  • Take two units from the following courses:
    • DANC 216, 316
  • Take five units from the following courses:
    • ATEP 309; DANC 362; KIN 207, 315, 339I, 363, 368, 430, 462, 467.

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance (code DANCBF01) (132 units)

The Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance is designed to prepare students for professional careers as performers and/or choreographers. All students wishing to pursue the BFA in Dance must demonstrate strong intermediate/advanced technical skills and must audition after successfully completing the following course work with a grade of “B” or better: DANC 120, 220, 252, 254, 380 A or B, and 381 A or B.

Student Learning Outcomes

  • 1. Majors will develop proficiency in modern dance and ballet, enabling them to pursue careers in the professional arenas of performance and/or choreography.
  • 2. Majors will attain a substantial knowledge of the historical, cultural, and scientific dimensions of dance, to give depth and perspective to the performance aspect of the dance discipline.
  • 3. Majors will have the skills and techniques necessary for professional-level performance in dance.
  • 4. Majors will have practical experience in the production and technological aspects of dance.
  • 5. Majors will demonstrate an understanding of the craft and aesthetic qualities of dance orally, practically, and in writing.

Requirements

Composition (11 units):

  • Take all the following courses:
    • DANC 120 Improvisation (2)
    • DANC 220 Composition I (3)
    • DANC 320 Composition II (3)
    • DANC 420 Advanced Composition (3)

Theory (35 units):

  • Take all the following courses:
    • DANC 100 Orientation to Dance (1)
    • DANC 131 Introduction to Music (2)
    • DANC 161 Body Placement (2)
    • DANC 260 Functional Anatomy for the Dancer (3)
    • DANC 261 Anatomy with Clay Laboratory (1)
    • DANC 262 Pilates I (3)
    • DANC 342 Dance in a Cultural Perspective (3)
    • DANC 442 Traditions in Ballet and Modern Dance (3)
    • DANC 445 Movement Analysis (3)
    • DANC 470 Dance Pedagogy (3)
    • DANC 491A Design for Dance Lighting (3)
    • DANC 491B Design for Dance Costuming (3)
    • DANC 498 Senior Seminar in Dance (2)
  • Select one of the following courses:
    • DANC 373I Nonverbal Communication (3)
    • DANC 435I Dance in Film (3)

Performance/Crew (7 units):

  • Take two units from the following courses:
    • DANC 181A, 181B, 381A, 381B, 481A or 481B;
  • Take five units from the following courses:
    • DANC 180A, 180B, 295, 321, 380A, 380B, 480A, 480B, 495.

Technique (26 units):

  • Take twelve units from the following courses:
    • (3 units must be earned from 412)
    • DANC 152, 252, 312, 412
  • Take twelve units from the following courses:
    • (3 units must be earned from 414)
    • DANC 154, 254, 314, 414
  • Take two units from the following courses:
    • DANC 216, 316

General Education Elective (3 units):

  • Take three units of the following course:
    • Thea 113 Introduction to Acting (3)
  • Take six units from the following courses
    • AH 111A, 111B, CWL 124, 132, 161, 324I, 412I; DANC 373I, 435I; PHIL 361I; MUS 190, 290, 363I, 364I, 490; THEA 324I.

Minor in Dance (code DANCUM01)

Students interested in the minor in dance must audition for placement in dance technique classes prior to starting the program.

Requirements

24 units of which 9 must be upper division.

Technique (9 units):

  • Take 6 units from the following courses:
    • (3 must be from DANC 252)
    • DANC 152, 252, 312
  • Take three units from the following courses:
    • DANC 154, 254, 314

Theory/Production/Performance (12 units):

  • Take all of the following courses:
    • DANC 120 Improvisation (2)
    • DANC 131 Introduction to Music (2)
    • DANC 220 Composition I (3)
  • Take one of the following courses:
    • DANC 342 Dance in a Cultural Perspective (3)
    • DANC 442 Traditions in Ballet and Modern Dance (3)
  • Take 1 unit from the following courses:
    • DANC 180A, 180B, 295, 380A, 380B, 480A, 480B, 495
  • Take 1 unit from the following courses:
    • DANC 181A, 181B, 381A, 381B, 481A, 481B
  • Take 3 units from the following courses:
    • DANC 161, 214, 216, 217, 313, 315, 316, 317, 320, 342, 373I, 426, 435I, 442, 445, 475.

Each course may only be applied once.