Dance

Starting a major

  • Most students begin the dance major during the first year or sophomore year.  If students are thinking about the dance major they should talk to a dance faculty as soon as possible.

Are there courses/experiences students MUST/SHOULD/CAN take their First Year?

  • Must:
    • There are no courses for the dance major that absolutely must be taken in the first year.  However we strongly recommend that students interested in majoring in dance
  • Should:
    • Take Dance 100:  Introduction to Dance MWF 11:50-12:45pm offered only in the fall AND
    • Take a movement intensive course/s (Dance 106, 107, 108, 111, 130/131, 141, 160, 210/211, 220/221).  Level 200 courses are for those with previous dance experience in that form.  Dance 210/211 and Dance 220/221 can be taken for either .50 credit (Dance 210 and 220) or .25 credit (Dance 211 and 221).  If taking courses for .50 credit there is extra outside of class work required AND
    • Participate in one of the two dance companies – Companydance or Veselica (to provide for the optimum growth and safety for the student each member of Companydance must be concurrently enrolled in a movement intensive course)
  • Can: Students simply interested in dance can also:
    • Take Dance 100: Introduction to Dance
    • Take movement intensive course/s (Dance 106, 107, 108, 111, 130/131, 141, 160, 210/211, 220/221). Level 200 courses are for those with previous dance experience in that form. Dance 210/211 and Dance 220/221 can be taken for either .50 credit (Dance 210 and 220) or .25 credit (Dance 211 and 221). If taking courses for .50 credit there is extra outside of class work required
    • Participate in one of the two dance companies (Companydance or Veselica).

Credit for previous coursework

  • Credit for transfer courses are done in consultation with the Registrar and the Dance Department Chair

Placement

  • The first day of class in movement intensive courses is used to determine placement. If students have questions about what level movement courses they should register for they can talk to Dance faculty at the Dance Department Information sessions.
  • Usually level 1 movement intensive courses are for those students that haven’t had that specific form of dance before. Level 2 classes are for those students who have had several years of experience in that specific dance form.

Informational Events

  • Dance Department Information Sessions – During Week One – Monday, September 4 1:30-4pm
  • Veselica Information Session – Wednesday, September 6 at 3pm in Center for Art and Dance Studio Three
  • Companydance First Year Project Information Session – Wednesday, September 6 at 3:45pm in Center for Art and Dance Studio One
  • Companydance Audition Information Session – Friday, September 8 at 3:30pm in Center for Art and Dance Studio One
  • Veselica Auditions – Tuesday, September 12 at 3pm in Center for Art and Dance Studio Three
  • Companydance Auditions for First-Years and Sophomores – Tuesday, September 12 at 4pm in Center for Art and Dance Studio One
  • “The Northfield Experience” Auditions – Monday, September 25 at 3:30pm in Center for Art and Dance Studio One

Other Information/College Catalog Link/Website Link

Contacts & Department Location

The Dance Department Main Office is located in Center for Art and Dance 200

To download and print, click on this link: Dance Information Sheet