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DANCE.

Minor in Dance

Minor in Dance

The Catawba College Department of Theatre Arts Department offers a minor in Dance, and undergraduates often pursue it to complement their bachelor degrees in Musical Theatre or Theatre Arts. Catawba Theatre majors who choose to layer on this related minor enhance their employability after graduation.


The Dance minor

Catawba College undergraduates who pursue a minor in Dance are required to take dance classes such as Foundations in Movement, Tap/Jazz Dance, Ballet/Modern Dance, Historical and Cultural Perspectives in Dance, Choreography, and other Dance electives.

Musical Theatre majors and minors at Catawba, as well as Theatre Arts minors, are required to take courses in Dance. In addition to these required Dance classes, Musical Theatre majors are expected to perform in either a vocal or dance ensemble, or a musical theatre production each semester, with consultation of their advisor.

Catawba College Study Abroad in Japan
Study Abroad in Dance.

Study abroad travel offered by the Theatre Arts Department at Catawba College have included foreign study opportunities such as the "Japanese Musical Theatre and Dance" course to Japan, led by Associate Professor of Music, Dr. David L. Fish.

Renowned Choreographer Vincent Paterson gives a masterclass at Catawba College.
Masterclasses in Dance.

Catawba College’s Theatre Department often brings in top talents in dance and choreography for masterclasses offered to our students. These experts who have offered sage advice to our Theatre majors include Ballet Pensacola artistic director and Catawba College alumnus, Richard Steinert ’81, and legendary director and choreographer Vincent Paterson. Paterson is best known as the man behind some of Madonna and Michael Jackson's most signature and renowned dance moves.


Related Bachelor Degree Programs

Outcomes

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CAREERS IN DANCE.

Dance-related careers for Catawba students minoring in Dance include:

    • Musical Theatre Performer
    • Actor/Actress
    • Dance Instructor
    • Choreographer
    • Arts administrator for a Dance Company or Theater
    • Dance Medicine Specialist
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GRADUATE SCHOOLS.

Graduate schools enrolling Catawba College Dance minors:

    • Accademia dell’Arte in Italy
    • Montclair State University

 

 

 

Theatre Arts Facilities

Keppel
Auditorium

Florence Busby
Corriher Theatre

Hedrick
Theatre

Robertson College-
Community Theatre

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PARTICIPATE.

Express yourself through dance by joining the Catawba Dance Ensemble, a campus dance company. Catawba students from all academic areas are invited to audition and will perform a variety of dances once per semester. Dance Ensemble members participate in activities such as occasional performances for local schools, organizations, and art events.

Annual dance events include Danceworks, which features original dances choreographed by students (majors and non-majors) in a wide variety of music and dance styles as the culmination of Catawba’s Dance Ensemble class. This course also presents young choreographers the opportunity to stretch their wings under structured guidance with a ready-made company of dancers of all different skill levels. 

Curriculum

Required Courses for Minor
Required Courses for Minor

DAN 1101 Foundations in Movement

3

Tap/Jazz Dance (Placement based on proficiency):  DAN 2501, 2502, 2503, or 2504

2

Ballet/Modern Dance (Placement based on proficiency):  DAN 1501, 1502, 1503, or 1504

2

Electives in Dance selected from Tap/Jazz or Ballet/Modern

2

DAN 3180 Historical and Cultural Perspectives in Dance

3

DAN 3543 Choreography

3

Electives in Dance

3

Total:

18

Course Descriptions
Course Descriptions

DAN 1101 FOUNDATIONS IN MOVEMENT (3 hours)
An introductory study of basic concepts in movement and vocal and physical performance techniques through exploration of embodied anatomy and various movement modalities geared specifically for theatre majors. Appropriate clothing required.

DAN 1193 DANCE ENSEMBLE (1 hour)
A repertory ensemble, which prepares dances for performances on campus and/or in the community. By audition only (the first day of class).  May be repeated for credit.

DAN 1501 BALLET AND?MODERN DANCE I  (2 hours)
A fundamental study of ballet and modern technique, history, performance, and style with an emphasis placed on a basic level of execution, vocabulary and terminology. Appropriate clothing and shoes are required. Prerequisites:  Determined by results of technique placement audition and DANCE 1101. May be repeated for credit.

DAN1502 BALLET AND?MODERN?DANCE II (2 hours)
A continued fundamental study of ballet and modern technique, with an emphasis placed on execution of movements and overall performance quality. Appropriate clothing and shoes required. Prerequisites:  Determined by results of technique placement audition and DANCE 1101. May be repeated for credit.

DAN 1503 BALLET AND?MODERN?DANCE III  (2 hours)
An intermediate to advanced study of ballet and modern technique. Appropriate clothing and shoes are required. Prerequisites: Determined by results of technique placement audition and DANCE 1101. May be repeated for credit.

DAN 1504 BALLET AND?MODERN?DANCE IV  (2 hours)
A continued advanced study of ballet and modern technique. Appropriate clothing and shoes required. Prerequisites: Determined by results of technique placement audition and DANCE 1101. May be repeated for credit.

DAN 2501 TAP/JAZZ?DANCE?I  (2 hours)
A fundamental study of tap and jazz dance technique, history, performance, and style with an emphasis placed on execution, vocabulary and terminology. Prerequisites: Determined by results of technique placement audition and DANCE 1101. May be repeated for credit.

DAN 2502 TAP/JAZZ?DANCE II (2 hours)
A continued fundamental study of tap and jazz technique, with an emphasis on execution and overall performance quality. Prerequisites: Determined by results of technique placement audition and DANCE 1101. May be repeated for credit.

DAN 2503 TAP/JAZZ?DANCE?III (2 hours)
An intermediate to advanced study of tap and jazz technique, with an emphasis placed on more intricate footwork. Appropriate clothing and shoes required. Prerequisites: Determined by results of technique placement audition and DANCE 1101. May be repeated for credit.

DAN 2504 TAP/JAZZ?DANCE IV (2 hours)
A continued advanced study of jazz dance technique. Appropriate clothing and shoes required. Prerequisites: Determined by results of technique placement audition and DANCE 1101. May be repeated for credit.

DAN 2601-9 SELECTED TOPICS IN DANCE  (1-3 hours)
A study of a topic selected by the department focusing on an area of particular interest within the discipline. Appropriate clothing and shoes for the topic are required.

DAN 3180 HISTORICAL AND?CULTURAL PERSPECTIVES IN DANCE (2 hours)
A survey of dance and its historical evolution from ancient tribal ritual to contemporary post-modern dance performance. Prerequisite: DANCE 1100 or DANCE 1101.

DAN 3537 DANCE FOR THE MUSICAL STAGE (2 hours)
A study of performance theory and practice in the techniques of dance for the musical theatre. Prerequisite: DAN 1101 and permission of instructor.

DAN 3543 CHOREOGRAPHY  (3 hours)
An intensive study and practice of basic principles in choreography to include a choreographic project(s). Prerequisite: DAN 1101 and permission of instructor.

DAN 4201 PRACTICUM  (1-3 hours)
An application of theory and methods to specific areas of dance in supervised experience.  Prerequisite: Permission of Department.

DAN 4301-4309 INDEPENDENT STUDY (1-4 hours)
Self-directed study following a contractual plan initiated by the student and approved by the department faculty.

DAN 4400 DANCE FELLOWSHIP (1-2 hours)
For advanced students who have already received credit of a course or have proven competency in an area who would like to assist the teaching and mentorship of that course under supervision from the course instructor(s).  Prerequisite:  Permission of Instructor and Theatre Arts Chair required.

DAN 4401 INTERNSHIP (1-6 hours)
A supervised application of theory in practice in a functional area related to arts management or other theatre arts area