May 23, 2024  
2014-2015 General Catalog 

Dance Education, B.A.

Dance Education Major

Purpose Statement

Our purpose is to foster academic and artistic excellence in a nurturing and challenging educational environment. Within a liberal arts and science tradition, the dance experience at SUU engages students in a rich diversity of experiences aimed to cultivate their aesthetic, creative, and scholarly potential. Central to our purposed is superior teaching and personalized mentorship that empowers and transforms the learner to be a dynamic individual.

Intended Outcomes/Objectives for Dance Education

A successful student will:

  • Have a working knowledge of how principles of composition are used as tools for choreography
  • Understand basic production processes (i.e. performing, dancing, choreographing, stage managing, and sound editing)
  • Have a working knowledge of the historical development of dance as an art form
  • Examine perspectives of critical analysis of the artistic process and aesthetics
  • Be prepared to become educators with a strong practical knowledge of dance in education and its ability to educate the whole person.
  • Have an appreciation of dance as a world art form.
  • Have a working knowledge of human movement and anatomy and how it relates to the teaching of dance technique.
  • Demonstrate advanced proficiency in modern dance technique and intermediate level in ballet.
  • Have a working knowledge of the state of Utah and national dance standards.
  • Have the methods and skills of teaching with the ability to communicate the art of dance to students.

Other Information

  • Students will complete a Capstone connected to a realized project. The Capstone consists of a written paper and an oral presentation to faculty of the concept, process and realization of the project, together with an assessment of the student’s entire learning experience and its impact on the work as a whole. Students who show areas of deficiency may pass with qualifications. In these cases an individualized learning strategy will be developed to be completed before graduation
  • Juries will be held annually for all dance majors to assess progress and determine each student’s level of skill and competency
  • Exit interviews will be held for all graduating seniors
  • Every student is required to abide by the policies and procedures set up in the Departmental Student Handbook
  • Every student is required to pass all classes in their major with a grade of “C” (2.0) or higher
  • Dance Education majors, not seeking secondary licensure must complete an approved education minor (may include language requirements)
  • To qualify for technique classes that are level III or above requires a placement audition

Students desiring to become candidates for licensure to teach in secondary schools must complete the following admission procedures:

  1. Be admitted to the secondary education program (contact the Beverley Taylor Sorensen College of Education and Human Development for procedures).
  2. Receive department admission approval for pre-licensure that it a separate procedure from the placement audition that is required for technique classes that are level III or above.

Completion of an approved minor for licensure is strongly recommended.

The department admission requirements for dance education pre-licensure students include the following:

  • Completion of DANC 2080 , DANC 2170 , DANC 3180 , DANC 3510  with a 3.0 prior to admission. (All courses are also requirements in the Dance Performance major).
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
  • Performance in two department dance concerts (one must be main stage) prior to admission.
  • Submission of a portfolio that includes samples of student choreography, composition studies, performance, and writing skills.
  • Interview with the dance faculty. The interview will be scheduled for 30 minutes during jury week. Students will be asked a variety of questions relating to dance and dance education. Students will be assessed on their ability to orally communicate, critically think and organize thoughts, share knowledge and understanding of dance education, and respond inter-personally.
  • A minimum of 12 credit hours are required in Modern Dance Technique
  • Please see Professional Education Requirements for Secondary Education Licensure 

Admission is on a provisional basis until students demonstrate mastery of Dance Education requirements, competencies and skills. Upon completion of all requirements of both the Dance Education and Teacher Education Program requirements and verification of competencies and skills, students become candidates for teacher licensure.

General Education Core

See General Education 

  • Core Course Requirements 16-17 credits
  • Knowledge Areas Requirements 16 credits (must take DANC 1010 , & BIOL 1020 )

University Requirements

NOTE: As of 7/12/2019, students pursuing this bachelor’s degree are no longer required to complete the Experiential Education Requirement courses for graduation.

Experiential Education Requirement - EDGE Program (1-3 Credits)

Complete One Track:

Original Project Track (3 Credits)

Students create a project of their own design 

Select Project Track (2 Credits)

Students select a project from the designated list 

Degree Requirements (16 Credits)

BA Degree Foreign Language Requirement (16 credits or proficiency test)

Other Electives

  • Electives (includes completing a teaching minor) 19.5-21.5 credits

Total Credits, B.A. degree: 120


A minimum of 12 credit hours are required in Modern Dance Technique.

Please see Professional Education Requirements for Secondary Education Licensure