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BA in Dance

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The Dance Major at Hunter College nurtures individual creativity, disciplined practice, and rigorous scholarship in the context of a strong liberal arts education. Courses focus on a broad range of topics in the field, taught by recognized artist/teachers active in the New York City dance community. The Dance Program's broad-based curriculum maintains an emphasis on modern dance with three major areas of study:

  • Technique (modern, ballet, traditional, folk)
  • Creative theory and performance (improvisation, composition, production, repertory, Lecture/Demonstration Touring Company)
  • Theoretical and scientific aspects of dance (musicianship for dancers, dance history, theory and practice of teaching, anatomy and kinesiology, movement re-education)

Major (34 credits) A placement audition is required of all incoming majors and minors as well as of all second-year majors. Performance, choreography, and technical production requirements are to be fulfilled before graduation. These requirements include:

  • Performance in at least two (2) concerts
  • Choreography of at least two (2) works (one may be open composition)
  • Production crew work on two (2) concerts

The following 34-credit curriculum is required of all majors:

  • DAN 151 Folk Forms of Dance I 
  • DAN 210 Contemporary Dance Technique I
  • DAN 213 Basic Musicianship for Dancers
  • DAN 220 Contemporary Dance Technique II
  • DAN 221 Improvisation as a Creative Process I
  • DAN 232 20th Century Dance History
  • DAN 245 Ballet I
  • DAN 310 Contemporary Dance Technique III
  • DAN 320 Contemporary Dance Technique IV
  • DAN 321 Composition I
  • DAN 324 Production I
  • DAN 345 Ballet II
  • DAN 350 Anatomy and Kinesiology for Dancers
  • DAN 422 Choreographic Projects
  • DAN 440 Lecture/Demonstration Touring Group

The undergraduate advisor suggests the appropriate sequence of electives for the career specialization the student chooses.

Model Course Sequence: BA in Dance

Fall Semester - Sophomore Year

  • Dan 210 – Contemporary Technique 1 – Beginning Intermediate Level (Placement Audition Required)
  • Dan 221 – Improvisation as a Creative Process 1 (offered fall only)
  • Dan 213 – Basic Musicianship for Dancers (offered fall only)
  • Strongly Recommended:
    • Dan 145 – Fundamentals of Ballet – Advanced Beginning Level (Preparation Course for Ballet 1)
    • Production Hours – ½ production hours earned from Informal Showing**

Spring Semester - Sophomore Year

  • Dan 220 – Contemporary Technique 2 – Intermediate Level (Placement Audition Required)
  • Dan 321 - Composition 1 (offered spring only)
  • Dan 245 – Ballet 1 – Intermediate Level (Placement Audition Required)
  • Production Hours – ½ production hours earned from Spring Dance Concert**

Fall Semester - Junior Year

  • Dan 151 – Folk Forms – Level 1 (offered fall only)
  • Dan 310 – Contemporary Technique 3 – Advanced Intermediate Level (Placement Audition Required)
  • Dan 232 – 20th Century Dance History 
  • Dan 422 – Choreographic Projects – Fall & Spring (credit for 1 semester only)
  • Dan 440 – Lecture Demonstration Touring Group (offered fall only)
  • Performance Requirement – Fall & Spring
  • Strongly Recommended:
    • Dan 441 - Repertory 1 - Audition Required

Spring Semester - Junior Year

  • Dan 320 – Contemporary Technique 4 – Advanced Level (Placement Audition Required)
  • Dan 324 – Production 1 (offered spring only)
  • Dan 345 – Ballet 2 – Advanced Intermediate Level (Placement Audition Required)
  • Dan 350 – Anatomy and Kinesiology for Dancers (offered spring only)
  • Dan 422 – Choreographic Projects – Fall & Spring (credit for 1 semester only)
  • Performance Requirement – Fall & Spring (continuation from Fall semester)
  • Dan 432/433 – Repertory 1 or 2 – Audition Required

Fall Semester – Senior Year ***

  • Auditing any Technique Class is mandatory
  • 2nd Choreographic Project – Fall & Spring
  • Performance Requirement – Fall & Spring
  • Dan 432/433 – Repertory 1 or 2 – Audition Required

Spring Semester - Senior Year ***

  • Dance Seminar – Seniors Only (offered spring only)
  • Auditing any Technique Class is mandatory
  • 2nd Choreographic Project – Fall & Spring
  • Performance Requirement – Fall & Spring
  • Dan 432/433 – Repertory 1 or 2 – Audition Required

Model Course Sequence for Transfer Dance Majors

Entering in the Spring Semester

Spring Semester - Sophomore Year

  • Dan 210 – Contemporary Technique 1 – Beginning Intermediate Level (Placement Audition Required)

Fall Semester - Junior Year

  • Dan 220 – Contemporary Technique 2 – Intermediate Level (Placement Audition Required)
  • Dan 145 – Fundamentals of Ballet – Advanced Beginning Level (Preparation Course for Ballet 1 - Recommended for majors)
  • Dan 232 – 20th Century Dance History (offered fall only)
  • Dan 221 – Improvisation as a Creative Process 1 (offered fall only)
  • Performance Requirement – Fall & Spring
  • Production Hours – ½ Production Hours earned from Fall Informal Concert**

Spring Semester - Junior Year

  • Dan 213 – Basic Musicianship for Dancers (offered every other year)
  • Dan 310 – Contemporary Technique 3 – Advanced Intermediate Level (Audition Required)
  • Dan 321 - Composition 1 (offered spring only)
  • Dan 245 – Ballet 1 – Intermediate Level (Audition Required)
  • Performance Requirement – Fall & Spring
  • Production Hours – ½ Production Hours earned from Spring Dance Concert**
  • Strongly Recommended:
    • Dan 432 – Repertory 1 – Audition Required

Fall Semester - Senior Year

  • Dan 151 – Folk Forms – Level 1 (offered every other year)
  • Dan 320 – Contemporary Technique 4 – Advanced Level (Audition Required)
  • Dan 422 – Choreographic Projects – Fall & Spring (credit for 1 semester only)
  • Dan 440 – Lecture Demonstration Touring Group (offered fall only)
  • Performance Requirement – Fall & Spring

Spring Semester – Senior Year

  • Dance Seminar – Seniors Only
  • Dan 324 – Production 1 (offered spring only)
  • Dan 345 – Ballet 2 – Advanced Intermediate Level (Audition Required)
  • Dan 350 – Anatomy and Kinesiology for Dancers (offered every other year)
  • Performance Requirement – Fall & Spring (Continuation from Fall Semester)
  • Dan 432/433 – Repertory 1 or 2 – Audition Required

** Required Production Hours for majors are completed when serving on crew for both Fall Informal Showing and Spring Dance Concert or 2 Spring Concerts.
*** Any Fall semester courses that were not taken prior to this semester must be taken.
*** Any Spring semester courses that were not taken prior to this semester must be taken.

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