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Undergraduate Catalog 2015-2016

Dance (DANC)

College of Arts and Humanities - School of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies
2806 Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, 301-405-6676
http://tdps.umd.edu
tdps@umd.edu
Director: L. Smiley
Associate Professors: K. Bradley, S. Mansur, S. Pearson, P. Widrig
Assistant Professors: A. Fang, M. Phillips
Instructors: A. Mayes
Lecturers: P. Jackson, M. Rebelo-Plaut
Professors Emeriti: D. Madden, M. Rosen, A. Warren, L. Warren, A. Wiltz
Visiting Faculty: C. Morgan (Asst Art-In-Res)

The Major

The undergraduate curriculum, which leads toward a B.A. degree in Dance, offers students a solid foundation in the core areas of the discipline as well as insights into cross-disciplinary fields of study. 

Course work is designed to help students become skillful, articulate, expressive movers; find their own voice as creative artists; develop the ability to work effectively in a collaborative environment; and grow in their conceptual understanding of dance as an art form in relation to the other arts.  

The cornerstones of the curriculum are foundational course work in the first two years. The project based learning experiences in the junior and senior years engage students in interdisciplinary and/or cross-cultural work and offer in-depth exploration of a theme from a performance, choreographic, and theory perspective. Students select an area of emphasis in performance and choreography, production, or education. 

Foundational sequences in technique and in the creative process, which integrate conceptual understanding of dance as an art form in relation to the other arts, are at the core of the discipline.  

Through these fundamental practices of the discipline, students gain, not only necessary skills, but also embodied knowledge of the field.  

The dance faculty is composed of a number of distinguished teachers, choreographers, performers, and scholars, each one a specialist in his or her own field. Visiting artists and guest artists make additional contributions to the program. There are performance and choreographic opportunities for all dance students, ranging from informal workshops to fully mounted concerts both on and off campus.

Courses offered by this department may be found under the following acronym(s): DANC, TDPS

Program Objectives

Our Mission

The University of Maryland School of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies advances and transforms the research and practice of theatre, dance and performance studies through its commitment to excellence and innovative education in the performing arts. 

Our Vision

We envision a School that serves as a national model for collaboration, innovation and entrepreneurship in the performing arts. The undergraduate curriculum, which leads toward a B.A. degree in Dance, offers students a solid foundation in the core areas of the discipline as well as insights into cross-disciplinary fields of study.  Course work is designed to help students become skillful,articulate, expressive movers; find their own voice as creative artists; develop the ability to work effectively in a collaborative environment; and grow in their conceptual understanding of dance as an art form in relation to the other arts.

Academic Programs and Departmental Facilities

Dance is housed in the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, a state-of-the-art performing arts "village" comprised of ten interconnected structures occupying 318,000 square feet and situated on a 17-acre site at the northwest end of the campus. The Center is designed to serve the theatre, music and dance programs of the University and also houses the Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library. With 30 classrooms, 50 practice and rehearsal rooms, and fully outfitted costume, electric, scenic production, paint and properties shops, the Center serves more than 5,000 students, 200 faculty and staff and numerous regional, national and international audiences and professionals. For further information visit the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center website at https://theclarice.umd.edu .

Requirements for the Major

Students must complete 58 credits.  The following courses or areas are required:

  • DANC218 (3) Foundations of Technique I 
  • DANC219 (3) Foundations of Technique II
  • DANC318 (3) Foundations of Technique III
  • DANC319 (3) Foundations of Technique IV
  • DANC179 (2) Movement Integration

6 credits of Dance Styles selected from

  • DANC138 (2) World Dance Forms
  • DANC228 (2) Ballet I
  • DANC229 (2) Ballet II
  • DANC328 (2) Ballet III
  • DANC329 (2) Ballet IV
  • DANC109 (2) Improvisation
  • DANC207 (3) The Creative Process
  • DANC209 (3) Dance Composition 
  • TDPS201 (3) Production
  • DANC283 (3) Foundations of Dance History
  • DANC304 (3) Teaching Dance
  • TDPS479 (1) Production Practicum
  • DANC488 (4) Project Based Learning (two semesters required)

12 credits of upper level course work in an area of emphasis in performance and choreography or in production, or education.

Performance and Choreography Area of Emphasis
Students in the Performance and Choreography area are expected to enroll in a technique class each semester and to be actively engaged in experiences that transition them from the classroom to the stage.  Opportunities for engagement include auditioning for student, faculty, and guest artist works, showing works in progress at monthly open showings, and auditioning works for performances.  

Approved Courses:

TDPS479 Production Practicum (Required--1 credit--This is in addition to the 1 credit required of all majors.)  

An additional 11 credits selected from:

  • DANC448 (Modern Dance V)*
  • DANC449 (Modern Dance VI)*
  • DANC468  Modern Repertory (3 credits)
  • DANC420 Contemporary Partnering (2 credits)
  • DANC466 Laban Movement Analysis (3 credits)
  • DANC371  Somatics,  (3 credits)
  • DANC310  Dance lighting (3 credits)
  • DANC399  Practicum in Choreography, Production and Performance III (1-3)
  • DANC499  Practicum in  Choreography, Production and Performance IV (1-3)
  • DANC489  Special Topics in Dance
  • Additional courses approved by the program.

*A maximum of a total of 6 credits of Dance 448 and 449 will count toward the 12 credit area requirement.

Production Area of Emphasis

Approved courses:

  • TDPS479 (Required - 3 credits) This is in addition to the 1 credit required of all majors.  

An additional 9 credits selected from:

  • DANC310 Dance Lighting
  • DANC410 Topics in Dance Production
  • THET116  Fundamentals of Theatrical Design
  • THET284 Stage Costume Construction I
  • THET371  Scenic Design I
  • THET383  Costume Design I
  • THET377  Lighting Design I
  • THET373  Rendering for the Theatre I
  • THET472  Scene Painting
  • THET474  Stage Management

Note:  THET284, 371, 383, 377, 373, 472, and 474 are permission required courses

Education Area of Emphasis

Approved courses:

  • DANC405 (3)  Dance Education and Policy
  • DANC371 (3)  Somatics
  • DANC389 (1)  Independent Study in Global Movement Practice Research
  • DANC466 (3)  Laban Movement Analysis
  • DANC489F (2)  Upper Level Global Movement Practice

A grade of "C-" or higher must be attained in all dance courses.

An overall GPA of 2.0 in the major is required for graduation.

Other Requirements for the Major

Mid-Point Assessment

The Mod-Point assessment gives the program a mid-course opportunity for learning outcomes assessment.  In preparation for the assessment, students prepare a portfolio that includes a resume, samples of their writing, and a DVD with examples of their work in technique and choreography classes.  The Mid-Point is a benchmark requirement in the program.  All transfer students, as well as students who declare Dance after their first semester on campus, will be assigned an assessment date when they meet with their Dance advisor to develop an academic plan.  Students who do not complete the assessment process in their assigned semester will not be permitted to continue in the major.  Completion is defined as submission of a portfolio and participation in a scheduled assessment meeting.

The Dance program has mandatory advising each semester.  New, re-entering, and transfer students are expected to contact the program following admission to the university for instructions regarding advising and registration procedures.  Although entrance auditions are not required, some previous dance experience is highly desirable.

For additional information about the program contact:

Alvin Mayes
Director of Undergraduate Dance Studies School of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies
2810 Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center
University of Maryland
College Park, Maryland 20742
301-405-3194
amayes@umd.edu

Advising

The College of Arts and Humanities has a dual advising system where students meet with college advisors to discuss their general education requirements and departmental advisors to discuss the major requirements. The Dance Major requires mandatory advising each semester to keep in touch with our student base and assist majors and double majors with curricular and co-curricular choices. Advising procedures and instructions to sign up for an advising appointment can be obtained at the school's main office or you may contact:

Susan Miller, Coordinator of Student Services and Academic Advisor
smille13@umd.edu

Scholarships and Financial Assistance

Scholarships and financial assistance may be awarded to prospective and enrolled students through a number of Creative and Performing Arts (CAPA) scholarships and other Dance Scholarship Award Funds. For further information visit the TDPS website at http://tdps.umd.edu and select "Scholarships and Awards" on the BA Dance page.

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