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Dance

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Let’s Dance!

Does dance move you in ways that drive creativity and fuel your passion? Master dance techniques, study, choreograph, perform, and create with a B.A. in Dance from Georgian Court University. Dancers leverage their degrees to work as instructors, performing artists, choreographers, researchers, and as difference-makers in the arts, education, and even in social justice settings.

GCU dance majors are active learners who study in the classroom, practice in GCU’s state-of-the-art studios, and perform under the direction of world-class master artists. In addition, you’ll choreograph your own works for your peers to perform on campus and at local venues.

You can also combine your major with a second major/minor in art, music, exercise science, or communication to customize your B.A. in Dance. The opportunities are endless for putting your talent and degree to use.

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Georgian Court University Dancers
“I choose to dance at Georgian Court because when I came to campus for my audition it felt like home. The dance professors were so kind, the studios are beautiful, and I enjoyed the challenge of the classes. My favorite experience has been our dance performances. The Ensemble Concerts, the Senior Concerts, the choreography showcases, and all the extra performances we get to do, is always a joy to be a part of. We work really hard on all these dances and getting to perform them is such a rewarding experience.”
GCU Dance Major Ally Ferry
Ally Ferry ’21
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Program Information

To earn this degree, you must successfully complete at least 120 credits, including your General Education requirements and the major requirements below.

Major Sequence

Students will complete a placement evaluation during the first week of school, and will be placed in the appropriate technique level accordingly.

Required Courses
DA100Dance Essentials & Wellness3
DA116Technical Applications for the Stage1
DA117Light Design for Dance1
DA150Dance Improvisation2
DA201History of Dance3
DA202Music for Dance3
DA250Choreography I3
ES220Introduction to Nutrition3
DA280Kinesiology & Experiential Anatomy3
DA360Laban Movement Analysis3
DA400Capstone Project3
or DA450 Choreography Project
DA471Internship in Dance1
Total Credits29

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 DA370 Dance Ensemble.

Note: Dance majors in the performance track are required to take Ballet and Modern Technique every semester either for credit or dance audit.

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 Dance 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.

A percentage of the grade of each dance technique course reflects the student’s technical competency, as assessed by the stated competency skills for the course. Students who receive an A in the technical component of their grade will be eligible for promotion to the next level of technique.

It is the department’s policy that any course in which a major receives a grade lower than a B- cannot be applied toward the major requirements.




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

Minor Sequence

The dance minor is a 21-credit minimum. It is geared toward the entering first-year student with intermediate technical skills, who wishes to major in another discipline while studying dance. Required courses include:

DA100Dance Essentials & Wellness3
DA150Dance Improvisation2
DA201History of Dance3
DA221Ballet II2
DA231Modern Dance II2
DA250Choreography I3
DA280Kinesiology & Experiential Anatomy3
Total Credits18



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.

Minor Sequence

The dance therapy minor will supplement majors such as Dance, Music, Education, Psychology, Education, Special Education, and anyone interested in movement used as a therapeutic intervention. This is an interdisciplinary minor offering courses from dance and psychology. It consists of 23 credits: 12 credits from psychology and 11 from dance.

Dance Courses
DA150Dance Improvisation2
DA310Dance/Movement Therapy: Fundamentals3
DA360Laban Movement Analysis3
DA410Dance Move Therapy: Working w/Groups3
Psychology Courses
PS111Introduction to Psychology3
or PS113 Foundations of Psychology
PS221Child & Adolescent Development3
PS223Psychopathology 13
PS270Theories of Personality 13
Total Credits23
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Prerequisite: PS111 Introduction to Psychology or PS113 Foundations of Psychology




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

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Bonczek, Erin

Coordinator
School of Arts & Sciences
Wellness Center (403)
ebonczek@georgian.edu
732-987-2171

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Silvana Cardell

Cardell, Silvana

Associate Professor
School of Arts & Sciences
Wellness Center (402)
scardell@georgian.edu
732-987-2170

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Megan Mazarick

Mazarick, Megan

Assistant Professor
School of Arts & Sciences
Wellness Center (404)
mmazarick@georgian.edu
732-987-2387

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First-Year Students

Submit:

  • Completed application.
  • Official high school transcript.
  • Required two letters of recommendation.
  • Required essay.

Fall 2021 applicants, please apply via the Common App.

Transfer Students

Submit:

  • Completed application.
  • Official transcripts from all previously attended colleges/universities.
  • Students with fewer than 24 credits must also submit their high school transcript and SAT or ACT scores.

Fall 2021 applicants, please apply via the Common App.

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