About the Program
Westminster’s Dance program centers movement at the heart of learning. As an embodied art form, dance allows you to find deep meaning in the present moment and to draw connections across difference.
Westminster is committed to making a high-quality dance education accessible to all students. All incoming Dance program majors and minors (including transfer students) can choose to be considered for a talent-based Dance program scholarship. You must declare the major or minor and audition to be considered for one. The audition is for scholarship consideration only and does not affect entering the program as a bachelor of arts student.
LEARN ABOUT DANCE SCHOLARSHIP AUDITIONS
What You'll Learn
- Master your individual physicality as it relates to technical proficiency, artistic performance, and modes of communication, discovering the role of the human body in dance in terms of anatomy, kinesiology, and human development
- Develop and practice physical and cognitive research skills within the full scope of multidisciplinary physical art-making
- Develop an artistic voice by taking risks in individualized and innovative creative practices
- Consider how dance functions as a cultural practice that reflects and impacts local and global communities
- Engage with a professional environment conducive to advanced learning and collaboration among students and professors
- Cultivate project management skills that incorporate effective group dynamics
- Analyze and evaluate dance processes and productions through varying perspectives of history, culture, society, self, and aesthetics
- Explore potential careers in professional dance companies, arts organizations, arts administration, education, community development, health, fitness, human/social services, or further graduate studies in a myriad of interdisciplinary areas.
Plan of Study
Due to Westminster’s small class sizes, you will have the opportunity for individual growth across technique training in Western and non-Western physical practices, composition, improvisation, performance, creative process, and theories of dance through the lenses of history, technology, cultural impact, and social justice. You will gain practical skills in dance production, teaching, and administration, preparing you fully for a variety of career paths. The Dance program allows you to advance artistically, academically, and professionally in a liberal arts setting as you focus on dance while still accessing a diverse range of academic coursework and subject areas.
The Dance program offers 2 degree tracks (bachelor of fine arts, bachelor of arts) and a dance minor. All students who declare as a dance major enter the program in the bachelor of arts degree track (no audition required).
Transitioning to the Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree Track
After completing 2 semesters as a bachelor of arts dance major, continuing students are eligible to request a transition into the bachelor of fine arts degree track through a formal review by the dance faculty. If not initially accepted into the track, they can continue pursuing the bachelor of arts degree track and request another formal review at the end of each subsequent semester.
Transfer students are eligible to seek acceptance into the bachelor of fine arts degree track before their first semester. To do so, they will receive an audit of previous coursework paired with a formal review by the dance faculty in the spring before entering the Dance program. If they also want to be considered for a dance program scholarship, their audition for scholarship consideration will be used as their formal review for the degree track.
Bachelor of Arts in Dance
The bachelor of arts in dance is a generalist degree that allows you to explore a broad foundation of studies in dance theories, techniques, and practices. You will choose your dance elective courses based on your interests. If you'd like to double major, this degree path is a great fit with the Art, Communication, or Theatre Arts programs, or a program within the School of Education or Bill and Vieve Gore School of Business.
Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance
The bachelor of fine arts in dance is a pre-professional degree. This degree track builds upon the core foundations of dance theory, technique, and practice by providing expanded coursework and in-depth training in more specific areas, including the opportunity to delve deeply into an area of dance that interests you. Completing this track signifies that you're ready to get into entry-level, professional work in dance after graduation.
Minor in Dance
The Dance program also offers a minor that is a great addition to the Theatre Arts and Music programs, or programs in the School of Education or the Bill and Vieve Gore School of Business. Dance coursework can also be a component of a customized major. You are welcome to meet with the dance chair at any time to review requirements for the minor in conjunction with your major requirements and overall course of study.
Liberal Education Courses
You must complete the WCore program or join the Honors College (and complete requirements) to fulfill your liberal education credits.
Modern/Contemporary I and II
This course sequence addresses the basic elements of modern dance techniques and contemporary physical practices. You will explore body alignment, vocabulary, flexibility, weight, breath, momentum, improvisation, coordination, and composition.
Anatomy and Kinesiology for Dance
This course investigates human anatomy and kinesiology in relationship to dance. You will be guided through the skeletal and muscular systems; taught about injury prevention, treatment, and conditioning; and learn the role of individual differences in physicality and movement patterns.