Dance – Minor

The Department of Theatre and Dance offers a major in theatre, a minor in theatre, and a minor in dance.

Learning Outcomes for Students Completing the Minor in Dance

Students earning the minor in dance will:

1. Train and refine their technique in ballet, modern and jazz dance disciplines

2. Be able to contribute to the collaborative, creative process of choreography and dance performance

3. Understand dance as a cultural art form that is scholarly and community-based

 

Assessment of Student Learning Outcomes

Criteria Advanced 4 Emerging 3-2 Basic 1
Goal #1 Students will train and refine their technique in ballet, modern and jazz dance disciplines.
Criteria
  • Student will execute dance technique at a high level.
  • Student demonstrates an advanced level of musicality, strength, flexibility, and coordination.
  • Student consistently applies material professionally, responds thoughtfully to critical feedback, and translates and synthesizes movement in artful ways.
  • Student will execute dance technique at a proficient level.
  • Student demonstrates an intermediate level of musicality, strength, flexibility and coordination.
  • Student generally applies material professionally, responds thoughtfully to critical feedback, and translates and synthesizes movement in artful ways.
  • Student will execute dance technique at an introductory level.
  • Student demonstrates an understanding of the foundational principles of  musicality, strength, flexibility and coordination.
  • Student begins to understand the importance of applying material professionally, responding thoughtfully to critical feedback, and translating and synthesizing movement in artful ways.
Goal #2 Students will be able to contribute to the collaborative, creative process of choreography and dance performance.
Criteria
  • Student shows an advanced understanding of the process of the whole.
  • Student understands her/his role as a director, choreographer, and dancer and also communicate effectively as each.
  • Student excels in creative problem solving and collaboration.
  • Student can transform ideas or solutions into inventive new forms.
  • Student shows clear understanding of the process of the whole.
  • Student understands the role of a director, choreographer, and dancer.
  • Student demonstrates a developing understanding of creative problem solving skills and collaboration.
  • Student synthesizes ideas or solutions into a coherent whole.
  • Student has some knowledge of process of the whole.
  • Student is introduced to the roles of director and choreographer, and will serve as a dancer in a performance.
  • Student experiences creative problem solving skills and collaboration.
  • Student connects ideas or solutions in satisfactory ways.
Goal #3 Students will understand dance as a cultural art form that is scholarly
and community-based.
Criteria
  • Student not only meets responsibilities consistently but also takes on new responsibilities without being asked.
  • Student not only understands dance terminology but can apply complicated concepts and theories in written and choreographic forms.
  • Student expertly demonstrates dance as part of a bigger picture: she/he distinguishes the philosophical and cultural impact dance has on the world and the whole person.
  • Student meets responsibilities consistently.
  • Student understands dance terminology and begins to apply concepts and theories in written and choreographic forms.
  • Student recognizes dance as part of a bigger picture: she/he distinguishes the philosophical and cultural impact dance has on the world and the whole person.
  • Student meets responsibilities most of the time.
  • Student has basic understanding of dance terminology, concepts, and theories in written and choreographic forms.
  • Student begins to understand the greater role of dance in society.