May 30, 2023
Dance Performance Degree Requirements
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 Bachelor of Arts & Bachelor of Science Degrees in Dance Performance
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, 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
- Have a working knowledge of human movement and anatomy
- Demonstrate advanced proficiency in modern dance or ballet and an intermediate level in modern dance or ballet
- 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
- Every student is required to abide by the policies and procedures set up in the Departmental Student Handbook http://www.suu.edu/pva/ta/pdf/StudentHandbook2011.pdf
- Every student is required to pass all classes in their major with a grade of “C” (2.0) or higher
- Based on placement, majors must complete a minimum of 4 semesters of Ballet and 4 semesters of Modern Dance. Majors must also obtain an advanced placement in either Ballet or Modern Dance. A total of 20 credit hours are required in Ballet and Modern Dance
- Dance Performance majors may choose between the following options: 1) Complete an approved academic minor or 2) Complete a minimum of 19 credit hours (outside general education) of enrichment courses outside of the DANC prefix (may include language requirements). Students should consult their faculty/academic advisors as they select their enrichment courses.
- To qualify for technique classes that are level III or above requires a placement audition.
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 (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
BS Degree — Math or Science minimum requirement (12 credits)
Dance Curriculum Summary
Required Theory Core (22 Credits)
Required Technique Core (21 Credits)
Choose a minimum of 1 from:
- Free Electives (include completing minor or enrichment courses) 38-40 credits
Total Credits, B.S. degree: 120
Based on placement, majors must complete a minimum of 4 semesters of Ballet and 4 semesters of Modern Dance. Majors must also obtain an advanced placement in either Ballet or Modern Dance. A total of 20 credit hours are required in Ballet and Modern Dance.