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Dance Studies Program

Students Fall 2012 & After

The Dance Studies Program is designed to provide a comprehensive liberal arts-based curriculum integrating dance studies with a broad foundation in the humanities and other arts as well as in the biological, physical, and social sciences. The distinguishing aspect of the Dance Studies Program is the extensive participation in technique/performance and choreography. A minor or related studies component is also required.

120 Credit Hours Required

Summary of the Requirements 

Dance Major    

60 Credit Hrs.

Core Curriculum    

42 Credit Hrs.

Minor or Related Studies Option    

18 Credit Hrs.


120 Credit Hrs.

The total hours submitted for the B.A. degree in Dance must be no less than 120 credits. At least 36 of the total semester credit hours presented for the B.A. degree in Dance must be advanced hours (3000 or 4000 level courses).

Dance Major Courses: 60 Credits Required

Dance Movement Practices: 26 Credits Required

Students are placed in modern and ballet through an entrance placement assessment and technique exams each semester. Twelve credits of modern dance/ballet technique are required. The student must achieve the intermediate/ advanced levels in modern dance (DNCE 3151 & 3161) and intermediate ballet (DNCE 2111 & 2121). If a student is placed in the upper levels, she or he still must complete the required number of technique credits. The ballet/modern technique requirement is fulfilled by meeting the minimum competency level and presenting the required number of credits. Except where indicated in the teacher certification program, each dance major must register for at least one modern dance practice course each semester, one ballet dance practice for four semesters and one Urban and Global Dance Practice for three semesters and one Summer I Workshop in Dance.

Dance Major Courses: 60 Credits Required

Dance Movement Practices: 26 Credits Required


(2)     DNCE 1171 Bartenieff Fundamentals of Movement & 1091 Pilates Physical 
                              Conditioning/Body Work (2 semesters of somatic practices)
(3)     DNCE 2183 Introduction to Movement Analysis and Description
(3)     DNCE 3193 Experiential Anatomy for Dancers
(15)   Technique Practice Hours:
             Modern (8hrs) and Ballet (4hrs): 
             Elementary = Level I (1151/1161; 1111/1121) 
             Intermediate = Level II (2151/2161; 2111/2121) 
             Intermediate-Advanced = Level III (3151/3161; 3111/3121) 
             Advanced = Level IV (4151/4161; 4111/4121)
             DNCE 3191 Urban and Global Dance Practices (3hrs): Tap, Hip Hop, 
                                  Folklorico, Flamenco, Jazz, etc.
(3)     DNCE 3913 Summer Dance Intensive 

All dance major students are required to take at least one TWU Summer Dance Intensive.
These are typically offered during the Summer I semester.

Students may substitute approved summer intensives for up to two technique credits. Each summer intensive will be counted as one credit of technique. If more than one intensive is submitted, one must be taken at TWU. Summer Dance Intensives cannot be used to satisfy the technique competency requirement.

Intensives and Workshops taken outside of TWU can only be counted toward degree requirements if taken for academic credit at an accredited college or university. Students must seek approval to count the intensive/workshop for technique credit prior to enrolling. A proposal should be submitted to the Technique Committee during the semester prior to the intensive/workshop. It is the responsibility of the student to pursue the matter of transfer of credits with the Office of the Registrar.

Competency Levels Required:

 Modern III (DNCE 3151/3161) and Ballet II (DNCE 2111/2121)

Artistic Process Skills—Dancemaking Tools and Processes: 16 Credits Required


(1) DNCE 1191 Improvisation
(2) DNCE 2202 Dance Composition
(2) DNCE 3292 Choreographic Designs
(2) DNCE 4182 Concert Choreography
(6) DNCE 3101 Dance Performance – 6 hours
(3) DNCE 4133 Dance Production

Transfer students from community colleges (2 yr. schools) may transfer up to two semesters of Dance Performance. Only 2 semester credit hours can be used toward the 6 required credits for Dance Performance.

Dance and Identity: 9 Credits Required


(3) DNCE 3143 World Dance Forms (Global Perspective)
(3) DNCE 3393 History of Dance
(3) DNCE 4393 Contemporary Repertory and Issues in Performance & Choreography 

Pedagogical Communities: 9 Credits Required


(3) DNCE 3813 Theories of Teaching Dance Technique
(3) DNCE 4243 Form and Meaning in Children's Dance
(3) DNCE 4123 Dance and Public Practice

University Core Curriculum Courses: 42 Credits Required

(See General Catalog for information or Academic Affairs for specific information regarding transfer of credit from other institutions of higher education)

Students who have successfully completed the 42 semester credit core curriculum (indicated on their transcript as Core Complete) at an institution of higher education must also complete 6 hours of Global Perspectives at TWU. However, given the mission of the Dance Department and our commitment to diversity, cultural studies, and the empowerment of women, students are strongly encouraged to take a Multicultural Women0s Studies course.

NOTE: Only those courses approved by the Core Curriculum Committee may be used to satisfy requirements in each of the core areas of study.

English (6 Credit Hrs.) 
    ENG 1013 Composition 
    ENG 1023 Composition

History (6 Credit Hrs.) 
    HIST 1013 History of the U.S. 
    HIST 1023 History of the U.S.

Government (6 Credit Hrs.) 
    GOV 2013 United States Gov. 
    GOV 2023 Texas Government

Visual and Performing Arts (3 Credit Hrs.)

Humanities (3 Credit Hrs.) (Literature, Philosophy, Cultural Studies)

Social/Behavioral Sciences (3 Credit Hrs.) (Sociology, Psychology)

Mathematics (6 Credit Hrs.) 
    MATH 1013 Quantitative Literacy

Multicultural Women’s Studies (3 Credit Hrs.) 
    WS 2013 Gender and Social Change

 Science (6CreditHrs.) 


Specific approved courses information 

Computer Literacy Competency (3 Hrs) 
    CSCI 1403 (Related Studies credit) 
    CSCI 1403 First Course in Computing (TCCNS: COSC 1300 or 1400) 
    CSCI 2433 Microcomputer Applications (TCCNS: BCIS 1301, BCIS 1305, COSC 1301 
                       or 1401)
    CSCI 3002 Advanced Computing Technology

Computer Literacy exemption exam information

 Oral Communication Competency (3 Hrs) 
    (SPCH 1013 listed in Related Studies)

Minor or Related Studies Option: 18 Credits Required

In addition to the dance major, a student may select a minor field of study. This should be done not later than the sophomore year. A minor consists of at least 18 semester credit hours and may be selected from any of the programs in the university offering a minor program of study. Also available are interdisciplinary minors such as Women's Studies and Ethnic Studies. If a minor is declared, the student is required to meet the specific requirements determined by the department in which the minor is selected. These requirements may exceed 18 hrs. Dance majors cannot select Dance as a minor.

The Related Studies Option is comprised of a coherent set of courses representing one or more areas of study. This set of courses should be related to the dance discipline or the student‘s personal, professional and/or career interests. The courses submitted to meet the Related Studies requirement will be determined in consultation with the advisor and will meet the following criteria:

  1. 18 semester credit hours must be submitted to meet the Related Studies requirement.
  2. The definition of a cohesive set of courses will be determined in consultation with the student‘s advisor.
  3. No more than 6 dance elective hours may be presented.
  4. At least 6 semester credit hours presented for the Related Studies requirement must be advanced hours (3000 or 4000 level).

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