dance program

Master dance techniques and cultivate your knowledge of the history behind all types of dance with a B.A. in Dance from Georgian Court University.

Our graduates leverage their degrees to work as teachers, performing artists, choreographers, researchers, and other difference-makers in the arts and entertainment industry. Many of them combine the major along with a second major or minor in fields such as art, music, exercise science, communication, psychology, and business. With two tracks to choose from, you can tailor the B.A. in Dance program to meet your individual skills and aspirations—focus in performance or non-performance. Or earn a minor in dance or dance therapy to add another specialty. The opportunities are endless to pursue your personal and professional passion at GCU.

Program

To earn a B.A. in Dance, you must successfully complete at least 120 credits, including:

For more information on program requirements, consult the Undergraduate Catalog.

Courses

Dance (Performance & Non-Performance Tracks):

  • DA100 Dance Essentials and Wellness (3)
  • DA116 Technical Applications for the Stage (1)
  • DA117 Lighting Design for Dance (1)
  • DA150 Dance Improvisation (2)
  • DA201 History of Dance (3)
  • DA202 Music for Dance (3)
  • DA250 Choreography I (3)
  • ES220 Introduction to Nutrition (3)
  • DA280 Kinesiology and Experiential Anatomy (3)
  • DA360 Laban Movement Analysis (3)
  • Choice of courses (pick one):
  • DA400 Senior Capstone (3)
  • DA450 Senior Choreographic Project (3)
  • DA471 Internship (1)

Performance Track

Students who choose a performance emphasis must take 18 credits of Ballet or Modern technique at the 300 level or above, including at least one semester of DA321 Ballet III and DA331 Modern Dance III. Students must also complete DA350 Choreography II, and two consecutive semesters of Dance Ensemble (DA370 or DA470).

Non-Performance Track

Students who follow a non-performance emphasis must take 16 credits of Ballet or Modern technique at the 200 level or above, including one semester of DA221 Ballet II and DA231 Modern II. In addition to the required courses for the major, students choose 9 credits in an area of interest such as choreography, history, criticism, therapy, arts administration, production, or business. The non-performance track is designed for students who are double majors.

Note: Dance majors are required to take Ballet and Modern technique every semester either for credit or dance audit.

If you’re a first-year student with intermediate technical skills who wishes to major in another discipline and study dance, this 21-credit program may be right for you. Step into a minor in dance from GCU.

Program

To earn a minor in dance, you must successfully complete:

  • DA100 Dance Essentials and Wellness (3)
  • DA150 Dance Improvisation (2)
  • DA201 History of Dance (3)
  • DA221 Ballet II (2)
  • DA231 Modern Dance II (2)
  • DA250 Choreography I (3)
  • DA280 Kinesiology & Experiential Anatomy (3)
  • Dance elective (3)

For more information on program requirements, consult the Undergraduate Catalog.

Propel the power of movement to help others express themselves and heal from a myriad of conditions. A minor in dance therapy gives you a distinctive specialty area that can drive lasting impacts in yourself and others. The minor in dance therapy requires 23 credits—12 in psychology and 11 in dance.

Program

To earn a minor in dance therapy, you must successfully complete:

  • PS111 Introduction to Psychology (3) or PS113 Foundations of Psychology (3)
  • PS221 Child & Adolescent Development (3)
  • PS223 Psychopathology (3)
  • PS270 Theories of Personality (3)
  • DA310 Introduction to Dance Therapy (3)
  • DA410 Dance Therapy (3)
  • DA150 Dance Improvisation (2)
  • DA360 Laban Movement Analysis (3)

For more information on program requirements, consult the Undergraduate Catalog.

I came to Georgian Court as a stranger who did not really feel that I belonged anywhere; I left as a member of the GCU family after finding myself a home.

Jamie Lee Sonnenberg-Smith ‘15
Jamie Lee Sonnenberg-Smith ‘15