Dance

Bachelor of Science in Dance

Dance Program

School of Arts and Sciences


 

In 2009, The University System of Maryland approved the Dance major program offered at Coppin State University. The approved dance curriculum focused on Africa, African-American, and Afro-Caribbean cultural dance forms taught through a contemplative approach. The purpose of Dance at Coppin is to provide students with a more culturally diverse training program, and celebrate contributions of artists of color marginalized in mainstream arts communities.

The mission of the dance program is to prepare students for real life dance experiences by engaging them through a critical and creative lens. The purpose of the program is to expand student's understanding of dance as a serious art form, performance arts, healing modality and a research topic for future graduate studies. Students are encouraged to study a complementing area such as arts administration, science and the body, dance and technology, and dance in education.

The Dance program offers a Bachelor of Science degree requiring 120 credits for graduation. The relatively small class sizes allow dance faculty to work closely with each student. Faculty assist students achieve academic success, identify career opportunities and consider future studies in dance education, performance, and choreography. Students are encouraged to study a broad range of dance such as African Dance, Afro-Caribbean dance, sacred modern dance, ballet, jazz and musical theater, hip hop, and cultural rhythms. The movement classes are paired with body awareness modalities such as Yoga and Pilates.

The Dance program hosts a series of cultural dance and somatic master classes and workshops each semester, and performance opportunities, both on and off campus. Students are encouraged to collaborate with visiting teaching artists and professional dance companies. The good news! Coppin graduates are performing professionally, teaching in K-12 public schools and private studios, and employed with arts organizations.

The Dance Program is also committed to building bridges into the community through partnerships with arts advocacy organizations, civic and social programs and arts institutions. For more information, contact the Dance Program at dance@coppin.edu.

 
Incoming Dance Majors

Required standard for students entering into the Dance major program:

  1. Dance majors are required to register for dance technique courses immediately upon declaring their major.
  2. Students must complete all dance major courses with a "C" or better grade.
  3. New students must schedule a placement audition prior to registering for dance movement or dance performance courses.
  4. Students with significant movement background may request permission to register for a higher level movement and performance course.
  5. Dance company members must register for at least one dance movement technique class concurrently with a dance performance course.
  6. Students must complete DANC 226 Introduction to Choreography.
Required Theory Courses
12 Credits

Requirement: Students are required to complete DANC 325. Select an additional 9 (nine) course credits.

Course
Crs.
Title
DANC 130
3
Dance Education
DANC 200
3
Dance as Art and Culture
DANC 325
3
Dance History
DANC 327
3
Movement Analysis
DANC 328
3
Creative Expressions Through the Arts
DANC 499
1
Special Topics in Dance
Core Movement Technique Courses
33 Credits

Requirement: Minimum of 33 credits dance technique with a minimum of 16 credits completed at the 300 or 400 level. Students may register for courses aligned with their level of proficiency/prior training background upon approval of the dance faculty advisor.

Movement technique courses are repeatable for credits towards graduation up to a maximum.

Course
Crs.
Title
DANC 101
2
Pilates I
DANC 102
3
Vinyasa Yoga
DANC 116
2
Cultural Rhythms I
DANC 118
2
Improvisation
DANC 119
2
Urban Contemporary Dance
DANC 120
2
Ballet Fundamentals I
DANC 121
2
Modern Dance Fundamentals
DANC 131
2
Authentic Movement
DANC 220
2
Ballet Fundamentals II
DANC 221
2
Modern Fundamentals II
DANC 226
3
Introduction to Choreography
DANC 227
3
Sacred Modern Dance I
DANC 228
3
Musical Theater and Jazz Dance
DANC 235
3
African Dance I
DANC 320
3
Intermediate Ballet I
DANC 321
3
Intermediate Modern Dance I
DANC 324
3
Tap Dance
DANC 440
3
Advance Ballet I
DANC 441
3
Advance Modern Dance I
Dance Performance Courses
9 Credits

Requirement: Student must complete either DANC 425 (3) or DANC 426 (3) and four (4) 300-400 level Dance Company credits. Students may select other courses listed to complete the required credits.

Majors and non-majors must register for at least one dance technique class concurrently with a dance performance course.

Dance performance courses are repeatable for credits towards graduation up to a maximum.

Course
Crs.
Title
DANC 117
2
Cultural Rhythms Repertory I
DANC 122
1
Dance Company I
DANC 123
1
Dance Company II
DANC 222
1
Dance Company III
DANC 223
1
Dance Company IV
DANC 236
3
African Dance Repertory
DANC 322
1
Dance Company V
DANC 323
1
Dance Company VI
DANC 422
1
Dance Company VII
DANC 423
1
Dance Company VIII
DANC 425
3
Professional Outreach Workshop
DANC 426
3
Dance Production
Professional Development and Internships Courses
6 Credits

Requirement: Students must complete the following courses:

Course
Crs.
Title
DANC 329
3
Professional Outreach in Performance Lab
DANC 427
3
Dance Internship
Plan of Study
(see your advisor)

The following is a sample plan of study. This is not intended as a self-advising guide or as a substitute for seeing your academic advisor about your specific plan of study. Please speak to an advisor before choosing your course load each semester.

Note: Students can meet the upper level graduation requirement credits by repeating the following courses: DANC 320, 321, 322, 323, 420, 421, 422, 423, 440, 441, 499. Core movement technique and performance courses are repeatable.

Year 1 (Freshman)
Fall Semester
15 Credits
Course
Crs.
Title
ENGL 101
3
English Composition I
MATH 125
3
Math
BIOL 101
4
Biology Science
DANC 120
2
Introduction to Ballet I
DANC 116
2
Cultural Rhythms I
ORIE 101
1
Freshman Seminar
Spring Semester
17 Credits
Course
Crs.
Title
ENGL 102
3
English Composition II
PHIL 103
3
Introduction to Philosophy
PHSC 101
4
Physical Science
DANC 119
2
Urban Contemporary Dance
DANC 121
2
Introduction to Modern
MISY 150
3
Tech Fluency
Year 2 (Sophomore)
Fall Semester
16 Credits
Course
Crs.
Title
HEED 205
3
Nutrition, Exercise & Weight Control
HIST 205
3
African American History
WLIT 207
3
World Literature
DANC 131
2
Movement Analysis
DANC 200
3
Dance as Art and Culture
DANC 220
2
Introduction to Ballet II
Spring Semester
17 Credits
Course
Crs.
Title
ECON 103
3
Intro to Bus & Entrepreneurial Econ
HIST 206
3
African American History
ANTH 207
3
Cultural Anthropology
DANC 226
3
Introduction to Choreography
DANC 221
2
Introduction to Modern
DANC 235
3
African Dance I
Year 3 (Junior)
Fall Semester
17 Credits
Course
Crs.
Title
DANC 325
3
Dance History
DANC 320
3
Intermediate Ballet
DANC 321
3
Intermediate Modern
DANC 328
3
Creative Expression Through the Arts
DANC 322
1
Dance Company V
DANC 329
4
Professional Outreach
Spring Semester
16 Credits
Course
Crs.
Title
DANC 327
3
Movement Analysis
DANC 320
3
Intermediate Ballet
DANC 321
3
Advance Ballet
DANC 236
3
African Dance Rep
DANC 323
1
Dance Company VI
XXXX XXX
3
University Elective
Year 4 (Senior)
Fall Semester
15 Credits
Course
Crs.
Title
DANC 440
3
Advance Ballet
DANC 441
3
Advance Modern
DANC 426
3
Dance Production
DANC 422
1
Dance Company VII
XXXX XXX
3
University Elective
DANC 499
2
Dance Elective
Spring Semester
13 Credits
Course
Crs.
Title
DANC 440
3
Advance Ballet
DANC 441
3
Advance Modern
DANC 427
3
Dance Internship
DANC 423
1
Dance Company VIII
XXXX XXX
3
University Elective

Repeat Course Policy:
Students are able to repeat dance technique courses to hone their level of proficiency and competency in the technique/performance courses.
1-credit courses are repeatable up to 3 credits towards graduation.
2 credit courses are repeatable up to 6 credits towards graduation.
3 credit courses are repeatable up to 9 credits towards graduation.