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Bachelor of Arts in Dance

What Our Program Offers You

What our students learn/Skills you will acquire

The Bachelor of Arts in Dance degree is designed for students who are interested in a broad general education while continuing to pursue their dance studies. The program is suitable for students preparing for careers in dance history, therapy, kinesiology and library science. An audition is required for entrance into the program. Through a comprehensive curriculum, students develop their ability to improvise and compose dance, use technology for the presentation of dance, and demonstrate dance technique in solo and ensemble performances. Students perform a variety of repertoire in a wide range of settings, and have numerous opportunities to attend diverse public performances and events. 

You’ll learn:

  • diverse, integrated technical skills in ballet, modern dance and jazz techniques
  • nuanced performance skills in classical and contemporary styles
  • contemporary dance composition skills, including contact improvisation and partnering
  • professional lighting, costuming and technical theatre experience 
  • historical, scientific and pedagogical foundations for building dance careers
  • professional career development strategies, including the use of web/media technology for creative and promotional purposes

What kind of issues/problems does this major prepare you to solve?

Shenandoah’s Dance Division prepares you to contribute to your artistic and cultural community in an increasingly competitive market that demands diversity, collaboration and creative strategies.

What makes our program unique?

Our program offers a wealth of intensive training and performance experiences in a diverse, arts saturated environment while maintaining the close-knit community and “feel” of a dance company.

We offer an exciting new Arts Leadership Masters degree program that can be accomplished with one additional year of study after you complete your undergraduate degree.

Our dance majors are engaged in research studies with the Athletic Training and Physical Therapy graduate programs, and benefit from the availability of evaluation and care that is scheduled on campus throughout the academic year and backstage during performances.

Diverse opportunities are available for you to perform in faculty, guest artist, peer and self choreographed work. 

The international focus of Shenandoah University facilitates opportunities for you to study and perform in other countries.

Our Conservatory setting facilitates collaborative experiences with colleagues in music and theatre. 

Your professional expectations are nurtured within a caring community focused on developing personal excellence and achieving individualized goals.

Course Requirements

Bachelor of Arts in Dance 2012-2013

1st year – Fall 
DA 111 Modern Dance 1 (2) 
DA 121 Ballet 1 (2)
DA 131 Jazz 1 (2) 
DA 141 Dance Improvisation (2) 
DA 351 Dance Production 1 (1)  
PRF 101 Performance Forum (0.5) 
ENG 101 English Composition (3) 
FYS 101 Going Global: First Year Seminar (3) 
SEMESTER TOTAL 15.5

1st year – Spring 
DA 112 Modern Dance 2 (2) 
DA 122 Ballet 2 (2) 
DA 241 Dance Composition 1 (2) 
DA 352 Dance Production 2 (1) 
DA Dance Technique Elective (2) 
PRF 101 Performance Forum (0.5) 
General Edu. Elective: Individual in Society (3) 
Open Elective(s) (3) 
SEMESTER TOTAL 15.5

2nd year – Fall 
DA 242 Dance Composition 2 (2) 
DA Dance Technique Elective(s) (2) 
PRF 201 Health Issues for Artists (0.5) 
Foreign Language Elective (3)
General Edu. Elective: Math (3) 
Open Elective(s) (3) 
Open Elective(s) (3) 
SEMESTER TOTAL 16.5

2nd year – Spring 
DA 386 Dance Ensemble (2) 
DA Dance Technique Elective(s) (2) 
PRF 101 Performance Forum (0.5) 
Foreign Language Elective (3)
General Edu. Elective: Lab Science (3) 
General Edu. Elective: Moral Reasoning (3) 
Open Elective(s) (3)
SEMESTER TOTAL 16.5

3rd year – Fall 
DA 381 Dance and Music (2) 
DA 386 Dance Ensemble (2) 
DA Dance Technique Elective(s) (2)
PRF 101 Performance Forum (0.5) 
TH Theatre History Elective (3) 
Open Elective(s) (3) 
Open Elective(s) (3) 
SEMESTER TOTAL 15.5

3rd year – Spring 
DA 371 Dance Science: Kinesiology (3) 
DA Dance Electives (3)
PRF 101 Performance Forum (0.5) 
MCOM 150 Principles of Public Speaking (3) 
Open Elective(s) (3) 
Open Elective(s) (3) 
SEMESTER TOTAL 15.5

4th year – Fall 
DA 471 History & Philosophy of Dance 1 (3) 
DA 498 Culminating Project (1)
DA Dance Technique Elective(s) (2)
DAPE 135 Tap 1 (1) 
Open Elective(s) (3) 
Open Elective(s) (3) 
SEMESTER TOTAL 13

4th year – Spring 
DA 444 Senior Concert and Seminar 2 (1)
DA 472 History & Philosophy of Dance 2 (3) 
DA 498 Culminating Project (1) 
MULT 275 Survey of Western Music (3) 
Open Elective(s) (3) 
Open Elective(s) (3)
SEMESTER TOTAL 14

DEGREE TOTAL 120