Dance

Bachelor of Science in Dance

Dance Program

School of Arts and Sciences


 

Contemplatives Studies in Dance Performance

The Coppin State University Department of Dance, housed in the Humanities Department, offers a Bachelor of Science Degree in Dance. Through its courses in performance and contemplative studies, the program offers intense technical and performance training as well as the knowledge and practices that will support them as "mindful reflective" artists in the field. Dance majors learn about the significance of dance as a cultural art form and experience its capacity to create and build community.

Mission

The dance program is committed to preparing students for a career in dance.

Faculty

The dance faculty consists of artists, educators and scholars who are committed to providing the student with a comprehensive and diverse core-training curriculum in dance and research with a focus on contemplative studies in movement.

Academic Classes

The relatively small class sizes allow dance faculty to work closely with each dance major, to educate them about career opportunities and to guide them through an individualized plan for success. Coppin graduates have moved on to perform professionally, to teach dance in the public schools and in private studios, and to further their studies in graduate school. Performing opportunities, teaching internships, choreographic projects, and master class workshops prepares students for a career in the dance.

Students study a broad range of dance techniques including modern dance, ballet, jazz, African dance and cultural rhythms to mention a few. Technique work is paired with body awareness modalities such as Yoga, Pilates and Bartenieff Fundamentals.

Professional Outreach

The program also houses a dance-training program for children and teens taught by dance majors and professional artists. The community outreach program offered afrocentric and traditional dance training for ages 4 through adults. The program introduces dance majors to the art of teaching in a studio and private environment.

The Dance program offered several performance opportunities for dance majors: Coppin State University Dance Ensemble; and Daring Artists Making Noise, an adult modern dance ensemble made up of professional performers from the community and advanced dance majors. Both dance companies focus on creating works related to the African-American experience.

The Dance program is committed to building bridges into the community through partnerships with civic and social programs and professional performing arts organizations and institutions. Several courses are designed to promote independent study for students interested in exploring and engaging in diverse topics.

 
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.