Dance Studies - B.A.

College of the Arts
School of Theatre and Dance - Dance Division
D101 Center for the Performing Arts
Kent Campus
330-672-2069
dance@kent.edu
www.kent.edu/theatredance


Description

The Bachelor of Arts degree in Dance Studies allows students who have some previous dance experience and a strong interest in another subject area, within or outside of the arts, the opportunity to combine the two into one degree option. The curriculum provides students with a solid foundation in dance techniques and dance academics while allowing flexibility to incorporate another area or minor. The degree program encourages exploration of areas that can be combined with dance to enhance opportunities for future employment.

Fully Offered At:

  • Kent Campus

Accreditation

National Association of Schools of Dance

Admission Requirements

Freshman Students: Students must audition before being admitted to the dance program. Inquiries can be directed to the:
 
Dance Division Coordinator
D-101C Kent Center for the Performing Arts
Kent State University
P.O. Box 5190
Kent, OH 44242-0001
(or call 330-672-2069).
 

Transfer Students: In addition to meeting the general transfer admission requirement, students must audition before being admitted to the dance program. Inquiries can be directed to the:

Dance Division Coordinator
D-101C Kent Center for the Performing Arts
Kent State University
P.O. Box 5190
Kent, OH 44242-0001
(or call 330-672-2069).

For more information about admission criteria for transfer, transitioning and former students, please visit the admissions website.

For more information on admissions, visit the admission website.

English Language Proficiency Requirements for International Students: All international students must provide proof of English language proficiency (unless they meet specific exceptions) by earning a minimum 525 TOEFL score (71 on the Internet-based version), minimum 75 MELAB score, minimum 6.0 IELTS score or minimum 48 PTE Academic score, or by completing the ELS level 112 Intensive Program. For more information on international admission, visit the Office of Global Education’s admission website.

 

Program Learning Outcomes

Graduates of this program will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate knowledge and/or skills in one or more areas of dance, as well as an understanding of the vocabulary of dance and of the interaction of these elements, and employ this knowledge to work conceptually with the elements of dance. 
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of choreographic processes, aesthetic properties of style and the ways these shape and are shaped by artistic and cultural ideas and contexts. 
  3. Develop and defend critical evaluations. 
 
 
 

University Requirements 

All students in a bachelor's degree program at Kent State University must complete the following university requirements for graduation.

NOTE:  University requirements may be fulfilled in this program by specific course requirements. Please see Program Requirements for details.

Destination Kent State: First Year Experience 1
Course is not required for students with 25 transfer credits, excluding College Credit Plus, or age 21+ at time of admission.
Diversity Domestic/Global (DIVD/DIVG) 2 courses
Students must successfully complete one domestic and one global course, of which one must be from the Kent Core.
Experiental Learning Requirement (ELR) varies
Students must successfully complete one course or approved experience.
Kent Core (see table below) 36-37
Writing-Intensive Course (WIC) 1 course
Students must earn a minimum C grade in the course.
Upper-Division Requirement 39 (or 42)
Students must successfully complete 39 upper-division (numbered 30000 to 49999) credit hours to graduate. Students in a B.A. and/or B.S. degree in the College of Arts and Sciences must complete 42 upper-division credit hours.
Total Credit Hour Requirement 120
Some bachelor's degrees require students to complete more than 120 credit hours.

Kent Core Requirements

Kent Core Composition (KCMP) 6
Kent Core Mathematics and Critical Reasoning (KMCR) 3
Kent Core Humanities and Fine Arts (KHUM/KFA) (min one course each) 9
Kent Core Social Sciences (KSS) (must be from two disciplines) 6
Kent Core Basic Sciences (KBS/KLAB) (must include one laboratory) 6-7
Kent Core Additional (KADL) 6
Total Credit Hours: 36-37

Program Requirements

Major Requirements

[CA-BA-DNST]

Major Requirements (courses count in major GPA)
DAN 17051MODERN DANCE TECHNIQUE I-A (min B grade) 13
DAN 17052BALLET I-A (min B grade) 12
DAN 17053PRINCIPLES OF DANCE MECHANICS I 2
DAN 17151MODERN DANCE TECHNIQUE I-B (min B grade) 13
DAN 17152BALLET I-B (min B grade) 12
DAN 27070JAZZ STYLES I 2
DAN 27071MODERN DANCE TECHNIQUE II-A (min B grade) 13
DAN 27072BALLET II-A (min B grade) 12
DAN 27074DANCE COMPOSITION I 3
DAN 27076DANCE AS AN ART FORM (DIVG) (KFA) 3
DAN 27170JAZZ STYLES II 2
DAN 27171MODERN DANCE TECHNIQUE II-B (min B grade) 13
DAN 27172BALLET II-B (min B grade) 12
DAN 37035DANCE COMPOSITION II 2
DAN 37057DANCE FOR CHILDREN 3
or DAN 37058 METHODS AND MATERIALS OF DANCE
DAN 37072DANCE AND TECHNOLOGY 2
DAN 37192DANCE PRACTICUM (ELR) 2
DAN 37310MUSIC FOR DANCERS 3
DAN 47063DANCE HISTORY I 3
DAN 47163DANCE HISTORY II (WIC) 23
DAN 47175CAPSTONE PROJECT (ELR) 1
Production Electives, choose from the following:3
DANCE PRODUCTION
FUNDAMENTALS OF PRODUCTION II: COSTUMES, LIGHTING AND PROJECTIONS
and FUNDAMENTALS OF PRODUCTION LABORATORY III: COSTUMES
FUNDAMENTALS OF PRODUCTION LABORATORY IV: LIGHTING, SOUND AND PROJECTIONS
Additional Dance Technique, choose from the following (min B grade):4-6
BALLET III-A
MODERN DANCE TECHNIQUE III-A
BALLET III-B
MODERN DANCE TECHNIQUE III-B
BALLET IV-A
JAZZ STYLES III
BALLET IV-B
JAZZ STYLES IV
Additional Requirements (courses do not count in GPA)
UC 10097DESTINATION KENT STATE: FIRST YEAR EXPERIENCE 1
Kent Core Composition6
Kent Core Mathematics and Critical Reasoning3
Kent Core Humanities and Fine Arts (minimum one course from each)6
Kent Core Social Sciences (must be from two disciplines)6
Kent Core Basic Sciences (must include one laboratory)6-7
Kent Core Additional6
General Electives (total credit hours depends on earning 120 credit hours, including 39 upper-division credit hours)28
Minimum Total Credit Hours:120
1

Minimum B grade is required for promotion to the next technique level.

2

A minimum C grade must be earned to fulfill the writing-intensive requirement.

Graduation Requirements

Minimum Major GPA Minimum Overall GPA
2.500 2.000
  • A minimum B and C grade is required in some courses.
  • All majors must participate in dance faculty juries and a portfolio review annually. Students wishing to participate in main stage performances are required to be enrolled in a professional-level technique class during the semester/s in which they are rehearsing and/or performing.
 

Roadmap

This roadmap is a recommended semester-by-semester plan of study for this major. However, courses designated as critical (!) must be completed in the semester listed to ensure a timely graduation.

Plan of Study Grid
Semester OneCredits
DAN 27070 JAZZ STYLES I 2
DAN 27076 DANCE AS AN ART FORM (DIVG) (KFA) 3
DAN 37192 DANCE PRACTICUM (ELR) 1
UC 10097 DESTINATION KENT STATE: FIRST YEAR EXPERIENCE 1
!Ballet Technique 2
!Modern Dance Technique 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
 Credit Hours15
Semester Two
!DAN 17053 PRINCIPLES OF DANCE MECHANICS I 2
!Ballet Technique 2
!Modern Dance Technique 3
DAN 27170 JAZZ STYLES II 2
Kent Core Requirement 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
 Credit Hours15
Semester Three
!DAN 27074 DANCE COMPOSITION I 3
!Ballet Technique 2
!Modern Dance Technique 3
DAN 37192 DANCE PRACTICUM (ELR) 1
Kent Core Requirement 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
 Credit Hours15
Semester Four
!DAN 37035 DANCE COMPOSITION II 2
!Ballet Technique 2
!Modern Dance Technique 3
DAN 37310 MUSIC FOR DANCERS 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
 Credit Hours16
Semester Five
DAN 47063 DANCE HISTORY I 3
Additional Dance Technique 2-3
Kent Core Requirement 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
General Electives 4
 Credit Hours15
Semester Six
Requirement: present choreography in Student Dance Festival  
!DAN 37057
DANCE FOR CHILDREN
or METHODS AND MATERIALS OF DANCE
3
!DAN 37072 DANCE AND TECHNOLOGY 2
DAN 47163 DANCE HISTORY II (WIC) 3
Additional Dance Technique 2-3
Kent Core Requirement 3
General Electives 2
 Credit Hours15
Semester Seven
!Production Electives 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
General Electives 9
 Credit Hours15
Semester Eight
!DAN 47175 CAPSTONE PROJECT (ELR) 1
General Electives 13
 Credit Hours14
 Minimum Total Credit Hours:120