About the Program
Venue, lighting, and sound—the Dance program at Westminster College combines all these artistic and technical elements to create meaningful performances. Dance is about using improvisation, composition, and production techniques to express powerful work through movement. Gain knowledge of Western theatrical dance as well as non-Western dance traditions. This program will allow you to advance artistically and professionally in a liberal arts setting.
An audition is required to become a dance major. Live auditions are held annually.
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What You'll Learn
- Understand how dance functions as a mean to express culture.
- Discover the role of the human body in dance in terms of anatomy, kinesiology, and human development.
- Cultivate project management skills that take into account effective group dynamics.
- Explore current issues and events through movement and creative choreographing.
- Become a sensitive evaluator of dance processes and dance productions.
Plan of Study
Dance is an open enrollment major. However, after the first academic year, all students must demonstrate the competencies learned in front of a jury in order to continue in the program. Transfer students will be evaluated individually and placed into a cohort based on prior coursework.
Movement Practice I & II
This course sequence addresses the basic elements of modern dance. You will explore body alignment, vocabulary, flexibility, technique, improvisation, coordination, and composition.
Anatomy and Kinesiology
Through this course you will investigate the relationship between human anatomy, kinesiology, and dance. You will be guided through the skeletal and muscular systems, taught about injury prevention and treatment, conditioning, and learn how to take advantage of the uniqueness of your body.