Dance, BA

for the degree of Bachelor of Arts Major in Dance

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The BA curriculum in dance is designed to provide an integrated and individualized approach to undergraduate studies of dance. The degree is designed for students who want to explore interdisciplinary approaches to art-making, and/or simultaneously pursue a minor or major in another discipline. Students will study three core areas in Dance: Technique, Creative Process, and Dance Academics. Students will identify at least one other key area of interest such as Theater, Music, Anthropology, Business, Art & Design, Environment, Film, Gender Studies, Cultural Studies, etc., and will choose a Major, Minor or Focused Electives in this area of study under consultation with an advisor. Under the mentorship of a faculty member, students will create a BA Capstone Project in their senior year as a synthesis of the studies within dance and another area of study.

Students pursuing a Dance degree at the University of Illinois must be admitted to the BFA in Dance (audition required). Once admitted, those desiring a broader education may choose to apply for admittance into the BA in Dance, rather than continuing in the BFA.

for the degree of Bachelor of Arts Major in Dance

Minimum hours required for graduation: 120 hours

General Education Requirements
Composition I4-6
Advanced Composition3-4
Humanities & the Arts6-8
Social & Behavioral Sciences6-8
Cultural Studies: Non-Western Cultures3-4
Cultural Studies: U.S. Minority Cultures3-4
Cultural Studies: Western/Comparative Culture(s)3-4
Natural Sciences & Technology6-10
Quantitative Reasoning6-9
The Language Requirement may be satisfied by:
-Successfully completing a third-semester college-level course in a language other than English;
-Successful completion, in high school, of the third year of a language other than English; or
-Demonstrating proficiency at the third-semester level in a language proficiency examination approved by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and the appropriate department.
Foundation Courses
FAA 101Arts at Illinois1
DANC 150Orientation to Dance2
Technique/Physical Practice18
DANC 160Beg Contemp Modern Tech Core (1-3 hours per enrollment, repeatable) 14
DANC 260Int Contemp Modern Tech Core (1-3 hours per enrollment, repeatable) 14
Choose from the following:10
DANC 160 Beg Contemp Modern Tech Core 1
Beginning Ballet Tech Core
Beginning Ballet Tech Elect
DANC 260 Int Contemp Modern Tech Core 1
Int Jazz Technique
Int Hip Hop Technique
Int Tap Dance Technique
Choreographic Laboratory Intermediate
Int Contemp Modern Tech Elect
Intermediate Ballet Tech Core
Intermediate Ballet Tech Elect
Yoga Fundamentals
Dancing Techniques/Dance Majors:
Int/Adv Contemp Mod Tech Core
Int/Adv Contemp Mod Tech Elect
Int/Adv Ballet Tech Core
Int/Adv Ballet Tech Elect
Alexander Tech for Dancers
Alexander Technique Practicum
Advanced Jazz Technique
Adv Hip Hop Technique
Choreographic Laboratory Advanced
Adv Contemp Modern Tech Core
Adv Contemp Modern Tech Elect (Modern--variable credit)
Advanced Ballet Tech Core
Advanced Ballet Tech Elect (variable credit)
Creative Process/Performance and Production11
DANC 262Choreographic Process I2
DANC 362Choreographic Process II2
Choose 2 from the following Improvisation courses:
Contact Improvisation for Actors, Musicians and Dancers
Advanced Improvisation
Contact Improv Act/Mus/Dan II
Choose 2 from the following Performance courses:2
Repertory Company
Perf Pract Student Works I
Performance in Grad Thesis I
Perf Pract November I
Perf Pract February I
Perf Pract Student Works II
Performance in Grad Thesis II
Perf Pract November II
Perf Pract February II (Variable)
Collaborative Performance
Choose 3 from the following Production courses:3
Production Practicum I
Production Practicum II
Dance Documentation (variable credits)
Production Practicum III
Production Practicum IV
Dance Academics18
Choose 6 hours from the following History courses:6
Intro to Contemporary Dance
Dance History
Dance History Seminar
Choose 12 hours from the following Theory/Pedagogy/History courses:12
Black Dances of Resistance
Explore Music through Dance
Dance History Seminar (if not selected above)
Dancing Black Popular Culture
Viewing Dance
Music Theory for Dancers
Introduction to Somatics
Dance Anatomy and Kinesiology
Teaching Workshop
Creative Dance for Children
Production in Dance
Undergraduate Open Seminar
Ind Study and Special Topics
DANC 497BA Capstone Project 23
Hours in non-Dance classes, chosen in consultation with an advisor15
Open electives as needed to total 120 hours minimum120