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2012-2013 University Catalogue 
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Dance, Bachelor of Fine Arts

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Donna Faye Burchfield / dburchfield@uarts.edu / 215.717.6580
Director, School of Dance


The School of Dance includes a population of approximately 300 talented, wide-open, self-expressive students and a faculty of individuals whose abilities and experiences are diverse and far-reaching.

The Dance curriculum is designed to balance a great range of experiences with small learning communities. It is divided into two parts: Foundation Series (freshman and sophomore years) and Research Series (junior and senior).

Studio Practice

All studio practice courses (DASP 100/200 level) within the Foundation Series provide anatomically sound models for technical training in dance that consistently weave and reference both the historical and the emerging techniquies, forms and styles through informed somatic practices.

Studio practice research courses (DASP 300/400 level) range in discipline specific to the expertise of both faculty and visting guest artists.

Thinking, Making, Doing

The Studio Practice courses and the Thinking Making Doing (DACP) courses weave together to form the educational spine of the major. Tending to the need for dancers to be able to not only express themselves physically but also to nurture and to develop their artistry as creative and imaginative selves, the thinking, making, doing courses focus on honing the thinking and making aspects of a young artist. These courses begin for dance majors in their first year of the Foundation Series of the program and continue through to the end of their third year of the Research Series.

Body Pathways

The body pathways area of the foundation (DACR 175/176) is where a dancer will engage in the following: conditioning and assessment; awareness for alighnment, body placement and strength; experiential anatomy; and varying somatic procatices for sustaining the body in dance.

Emerging Pedagogies of Dance (PODs)

In the Research Series, Pedagogies of Dance (DAPD) courses offer students the opportunity to make connections through multiple access points. An interdisciplinary system, PODs are designed to help students recognize the tools and methodologies used in their own creative and performance work. PODs, and their extended labs, are taught by dance department faculty, faculty from other departments, as well as working professionals outside the University, all of whom bring a level of expertise to their individual topic.

Three credits may be taken in approved interdisciplinary collaboration outside of the School of Dance (i.e. Collaboration Studio)

Capstone Experiences

The capstone gives students the opportunity to learn and perform both historical and new works from varied disciplines with an emphasis on the vast approaches to staging, learning and performing dance works.

The Senior Project and Critique and Senior Seminar capstone courses are designed to be the culmination of the Research Series for dance majors. The courses are designed to assist senior students in the development and presentation of their senior projects. Each student will hone an artist statement, propose a project, develop goals and objectives for the year, and develop a website. They will participate in rehearsals, performance, and technical aspects of the projects and presentations.

Learning Objectives

The faculty of the School of Dance have developed five essential learning goals that help to shape the school’s curriculum and the young dance artist and professional.

  • Mutuality:  Students will activate relationships in dance on personal, collective, regional and global levels.
  • Relationship:  Students will engage with the art world through multiple lenses of collaboration, exchange and difference.
  • Expressivity:  Students will develop tools and ideas of expression to speak, write, and dance about/with/of/alongside.
  • Sustainability:  Students will be immersed in anatomically sound technical training that consistently weaves and references both historical and emerging techniques, forms and styles through informed somatic practices.
  • Resourcefulness:  Students will develop and sharpen skills of reciprocity, relationship and network building through consistent contact with professional artists in the expanded field both within their communities and in the world.

These learning goals are mapped across courses that fall into six different categories: 1) Studio Practice, 2) Body Pathways, 3) Thinking, Making, Doing, 4) History, Theory and Criticism, 5) Capstone Experiences (Sophomore and Senior Projects), and 6) PODS (Pedagogies of Dance).

Program Requirements (130 credits)

Liberal Arts Distribution (33 credits)

Humanities Seminar (3 credits)

  • Select 1 course from subject HUMS

Period Interpretation (6 credits)

  • Select 1 course from subject LAPI, level 800
  • Select 1 course from subject LAPI, level 900

Scientific Inquiry Foundation Track (3 credits)

  • Select 1 course from subject LACR, level 200 excluding LACR 210 

Liberal Arts Electives (15 credits)

  • Select courses from subjects: HUMS, LAAH, LALL, LAPR, LASM, or LASS
  • Select courses from  : Art History or LA Elective.

Electives (20 credits)

Complete 20 credits of free electives. This requirement is satisfied by any undergraduate course that isn’t required by the program.