Bachelor of Science in Dance
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.
The dance program is committed to preparing students for a career in dance.
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.
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.
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.
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.