Curriculum Requirements

For more general information about undergraduate requirements, fees, and registration,
see UMD's Undergraduate Catalog:

http://www.umd.edu/catalog/index.cfm

Required Courses for the B.A. in Dance

  • DANC 218 (3) Foundations of Technique I
  • DANC 219 (3) Foundations of Technique II
  • DANC 318 (3) Foundations of Technique III
  • DANC 319 (3) Foundations of Technique IV
  • DANC 179 (2) Movement Integration
  • 6 credits of Dance Styles selected from
    • DANC 138 (2) World Dance Forms (currently 138W and 138C)
    • DANC 228 (2) Ballet I
    • DANC 229 (2) Ballet II
    • DANC 328 (2) Ballet III
    • DANC 329 (2) Ballet IV
  • DANC 109 (2) Improvisation
  • DANC 207 (3) The Creative Process
  • DANC 209 (3) Dance Composition
  • TDPS 201 (3) Production
  • DANC 283 (3) Foundations of Dance History
  • DANC 304 (3) Teaching Dance
  • TDPS 479 (1) Production Practicum
  • DANC 488 (4) Project Based Learning (two semesters required)

12 credits of upper level course work in an area of emphasis in performance and choreography, production, or dance education.  See Area of Emphasis document for approved courses.

Performance and Choreography Area of Emphasis        (12 credits)

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. 

Courses:

  • TDPS 479 Production Practicum (Required--1 credit--This is in addition to the 1 credit required of all majors.)  

An additional 11 credits selected from:

  • DANC 448 (Modern Dance V)
  • DANC 449 (Modern Dance VI)
  • (A maximum of a total of 6 credits of Dance 448 and 449 will count toward the 12 credit area requirement.)
  • DANC 468  Modern Repertory (3 credits)
  • DANC 420 Contemporary Partnering (2 credits)
  • DANC 466 Laban Movement Analysis (3 credits)
  • DANC 371  Somatics,  (3 credits)
  • DANC 310  Dance lighting (3 credits)
  • DANC 399  Practicum in Choreography, Production and Performance III (1-3)
  • DANC 499  Practicum in  Choreography, Production and Performance IV (1-3)
  • DANC 489  Special Topics in Dance (includes all suffixes--489F, etc.)
  • Additional courses approved by the program.

Production Area of Emphasis   (12 credits)

  • THET 479 (Required--3 credits) This is in addition to the 1 credit required of all majors.)  

An additional 9 credits selected from:

  • DANC 310 Dance Lighting
  • DANC 410 Topics in Dance Production
  • THET 116  Fundamentals of Theatrical Design
  • THET 284 Stage Costume Construction I
  • THET 371  Scenic Design I
  • THET  383  Costume Design I
  • THET  377  Lighting Design I
  • THET 373  Rendering for the Theatre I
  • THET 472  Scene Painting
  • THET 474 Stage Management
  • (THET 284, 371, 383, 377, 373, 472, and 474 are permission-required courses)

Education Area of Emphasis        (12 credits)

 

  • DANC 405 (3) Dance Education and Policy
  • DANC 371 (3) Somatics
  • DANC 389 (1) Independent Study in Global Movement Practice Research
  • DANC 466 (3) Laban Movement Analysis
  • DANC 489F (2) Upper Level Global Movement Practice

A grade of C- or higher must be attained in all courses taken in fulfillment of the Dance major requirement.  Students matriculating into the Dance major in Fall 2012 or later must earn a cumulative GPA of 2.0 within their Dance major requirements in order to graduate

Completion of the 4th semester assessment is a benchmark and a requirement in the new curriculum.

Dance course offerings are listed in the Undergraduate Catalog.
 

Faculty

Program News

Congratulations to Dance major Emily Ames on receiving a Maryland Summer Scholars Award from the UMD College of Arts & Humanities!

It is with enormous pleasure that we share the appointment of a new Assistant Professor of Dance, Crystal U. Davis to the School of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies, beginning in the fall of 2017.

Last month, TDPS welcomed back Drew Barker (MA Theatre and Performance Studies ’13) as the new Performing Arts Librarian at the Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library (MSPAL).