Dance Concentration

Melanie Dalton, Assistant Director of E. Gwynn Dance Company

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Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies (Dance)

All dance concentration majors must audition and be accepted into the program. A GPA of 2.00 is required for acceptance into the program, however in special cases, a student may be admitted on a provisional bases. All majors are required to participate in on-campus and community dance company production as performers and/or as technical assistants. Students must successfully complete 24 semester hours from the following course options.

DANC 100 DANC 220 DANC 450
DANC 110 DANC 300 DANC 500
DANC 200 DANC 301 DANC 550
DANC 210 DANC 330 or 331 LIBS 601


DANC 100. Body Works Credit 2(0-2)
This course focuses on aerobic training, strength training and endurance. Included also are topics on wellness and nutrition. There is a physical assessment at the beginning and the end of the semester. (F;S)

DANCE 110. Beginning Ballet Credit 1(0-2)
This course is an introduction to the basis principals of ballet as an artistic and skill medium. The emphasis is on barre’ exercises, simple combinations in adagio and allegro. Additionally, French terminology will be addressed as it relates to the ballet movement vocabulary. (F;S)

DANC 200. Modern Dance I Credit 1(0-2)
This course is a study of the basic principles of movement: time, space and energy. The emphasis is on developing a movement vocabulary, correct body alignment and movement exploration. The history of dance is covered. (F;S)

DANC 201. Modern Dance II Credit 1(0-2)
This course is a continuation and refinement of the skills and principles addressed in DANC 200. More emphasis is placed on dance composition and dance history. Contributions to the field of dance by early pioneers such as Martha Graham, Katherine Dunham, Pearl Primus, Isadora Duncan and Alvin Ailey are explored. (S)

DANC 210. Dance Company and Repertory Credit 1(0-2)
This course encompasses the study and practice of dance rehearsal, performance and basic concert production elements culminating in a series of workshops and main stage performances. All dance concentration majors are required to participate in productions as performers and/or as technical assistants. Campus and community performances are required as a part of the experiences in this course. (F;S)

DANC 220. Dance Appreciation Credit 3(3-0)
This course is a survey of dance as an art form. Topics include compositional forms, movement styles, elements of dance, influential choreographers, and historical periods. This course may substitute for Humanities elective. (F;S;SS)

DANC 300. Dunham Technique Credit 2(1-2)
Dunham I is designed to introduce students to the technique of noted dancer, choreographer and anthropologists Katherine Dunham. Students will be introduced to the barre’ exercises, center floor skills and progressions, as well as the history and philosophy of Katherine Dunham. (F)

DANC 301. Dunham II Credit 2(1-2)
This course is a continuation and refinement of the skills covered in Dunham Technique I. Special emphasis will be given to the theoretical framework and philosophy of Dunham Technique. Acquisition of additional skills includes progressions (movement through space) and performance style. A research paper and public performance is required. (S)

DANC 330. World Dance Credit 2(1-1)
The focus of this course is dances of other world not covered in DANC 330. These countries include but are not limited to North Africa, Asia, Europe and South America (Brazil). Cultural norms, history, and aesthetics are also included, In addition to lectures, the course will incorporate slides, video tapes of the various dance forms and guest lectures. Practical experiences in the dances are an important aspect of the course. (F;S)

DANC 331. Dances of Africa and The Caribbean Credit 2(1-2)
The course is an introduction to selected dances of Africa and the Caribbean. Skill acquisition, cultural norms, history, theory and aesthetics of the selected dances will be explored in depth. Geographical areas of study include, but are not limited to Ghana, Puerto Rico, Cuba, Haiti, and Jamaica. (F;S;SS)

DANC 450. Blacks in Western Theatrical Dance Credit 3(3-0)
This course is designed to include the theoretical framework of concert vernacular dance in America with emphasis on the contributions of African-Americans from 1900 to the present. Lectures and practical experiences are a part of this course. A research paper and presentation are required. (S)

DANC 500. Dance Ethnography Credit 3(3-0)
This is an introductory course in ethnography research methods and theory in dance. Emphasis is on the art and science of describing dances, rituals, and arts and crafts of a group or culture. Movement analysis, protocol in the field and us media equipment for research are included. (S)

DANC 550. Summer Abroad Credit 3(2-2)
This study abroad course includes a three week study of traditional folk dances in a selected African or Caribbean country. The focus is on traditional dances, cultural norms, history of the country and the dances, rituals and ceremonies of the people. Students will interact with the local population in structured and non-structured classes. Students will spend time in villages and provinces accompanied by a local guide. The material gathered during the study abroad experience will form the basis for the Senior Project. Pre-and post-departure preparation will occur during the first two week, and the final week of the summer session. (SS)

LIBS 499. Senior Project Credit 3(2-2)
The course description is under Liberal Studies.


Melanie Dalton
Adjunct Lecturer
Ph.D., Texas Women’s University; B.S., North Carolina A&T State University, B.A., University of North Carolina at Greensboro 

Cheryl M. Stevens
Adjunct Lecturer
M.Ed, Ph.D., Temple University; B.S., M.S. North Carolina A&T State University