Bachelor of Science in Dance
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Required standard for students entering into the Dance major program:
- Dance majors are required to register for dance technique courses immediately upon declaring their major.
- Students must complete all dance major courses with a "C" or better grade.
- New students must schedule a placement audition prior to registering for dance movement or dance performance courses.
- Students with significant movement background may request permission to register for a higher level movement and performance course.
- Dance company members must register for at least one dance movement technique class concurrently with a dance performance course.
- Students must complete DANC 226 Introduction to Choreography.
Requirement: Students are required to complete DANC 325. Select an additional 9 (nine) course 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.
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.
Requirement: Students must complete the following courses:
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.
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.