Course of Study for Dance Minor

As a dance minor, you are not required to be a member of the Wake Forest University Dance Company, nor are you required to have previous dance training. Dance minors at Wake Forest have a wide range of training: Some of our minors come from arts high schools and continue to take advanced technique classes and perform with the Dance Company. Others are enrolled in beginning technique classes. The dance minor is achievable for anyone who is willing to dedicate his/her time to the program and the art of dance.

Dance Minor (DCE)

A dance minor requires 19 hours and must include:
One modern course – DCE 120 (2h), DCE 221 (2h), or DCE 222 (2h);
Dance composition – DCE 223 (3h);
One jazz course – DCE 126 (2h), DCE 226 (2h), or DCE 227 (2h);
One ballet course – DCE 127 (2h), DCE 229 (2h), or DCE 231 (2h);
Participation – DCE 128 (1h) or DCE 129 (1h); or THE 100 (.5h, taken twice for 1h total)
Senior Dance Project – DCE 200 (2h);
One history of dance – DCE 202 (3h) or DCE 203 (3h);
Improvisation – DCE 205 (2h);
Introduction to Design and Production – DCE 150 (2h) or THE 150 (4h)

Introductory Courses in Dance

The following courses have no prerequisites and may be taken as general electives.  Ballet, Modern and Jazz courses count toward the Dance Minor.
DCE 101         Beginning Tap Dance
DCE 120         Beginning Modern Dance
DCE 124         Social Dance
DCE 126         Beginning Jazz Dance
DCE 127         Beginning Classical Ballet

Dance Course Descriptions

101. Beginning Tap Dance. (2h) Fundamentals of tap dance technique with emphasis placed on technique, rhythm, vocabulary, and performance qualities. May be taken two times for credit.

120. Beginning Modern Dance Technique. (2h) Fundamentals of modern dance technique, with emphasis on movement concepts, vocabulary, technique, alignment, placement, and flexibility. May be taken two times for credit.

122. Special Topics in Dance. (1-3h) Intensive study of selected topics in dance. May be repeated.

124. Social Dance. (1.5h) Fundamental techniques of social dance, providing basic skills, concepts of movement, style and fundamental step patterns found in social dance rhythms. Learn basic smooth dances, rhythm dances, Latin-American dances, and Cuban dances.

125. Folk and Social Dance. (1.5h) Fundamentals of folk and social dance, providing the basic skills, concepts of movement, style and fundamental step patterns of folk and social dance. Emphasis on the development of fundamental dance skills and practice in utilizing dance techniques.

126. Beginning Jazz Dance. (2h) Fundamentals of jazz technique with emphasis on alignment, isolations, flexibility, basic turns, jumps, and combinations. May be taken two times for credit.

127. Beginning Classical Ballet Techniques. (2h) Fundamentals of classical ballet technique with emphasis on alignment, placement, flexibility, barre work, adagio and petite allegro. May be taken two times for credit.

128. Dance Performance. (1h) Practical experience in the areas of rehearsal, production and performance, as a performer in the Fall or Spring Dance Concert. May be taken up to four times.

129. Choreography. (1h) Practical experience in the areas of rehearsal, choreography production and performance, as a choreographer in the Spring Dance concert. May be taken only once.

130. Movement for Men. (1.5h) Beginning-level dance class for male students that surveys jazz, modern and/or ballet techniques.
Emphasizes flexibility, coordination, and efficiency of movement. May be taken two times for credit. Eight-week course.

150. Design and Production for Dance. (2h) Introduction to the fundamentals of lighting, sound editing, dance floor installation, costumes and stage management for dance performance. Credit not allowed for both DCE 150 and THE 150. POI

200. Senior Dance Project. (2h) Investigation of selected semi-professional problems involving the creative process of choreography, study of notation, research idea, or production.

201. Intermediate Tap Dance. (2h) Progressive development of technique and vocabulary from DCE 101 with emphasis on exploring rhythm, dynamics, and performance qualities. May be taken  four times for credit. P—DCE 101 or POI.

202. History of Dance. (3h) Surveys the development of dance as a performing art from the Renaissance to the present with an emphasis on scope, style, and function. (D)

203. 20th Century Modern Dance History. (3h) Exploration of the history of modern dance from Isadora Duncan to contemporary modern dance trends in the United States and abroad. (D)

205. Improvisation. (2h) Investigation of the art and technique of improvised dancing. Borrows from visual art, poetry, literature, theatre and music as catalysts for original movement generation. P-DCE 120 or DCE 221 or THE 130.

221. Intermediate Modern Dance Technique. (2h) Progressive development of movement concepts and vocabulary from DCE 120 with emphasis on exploring both the classical and contemporary techniques of modern dance. May be taken four times for credit. P—DCE 120 or POI.

222. Advanced Modern Dance Technique. (2h) Progressive development of the concepts of DCE 221 with emphasis on qualitative performance, virtuosity, and versatility in a variety of technical forms within the modern dance discipline. May be taken four times for credit. P—DCE 221 or POI.

223. Dance Composition. (3h) Fundamental study of improvisation, composition, and choreography . DCE 221, DCE 226 or DCE 229.

224. Advanced Social Dance.  (1.5h) Progressive development of technique in rhythm, dance hold, footwork, and patterns of ballroom and Latin dance.  Emphasizes performance and competitive dance styles.  May be taken two times for credit. P-DCE 124 or POI.

226. Intermediate Jazz Dance. (2h) Pursues the mastery of basic jazz technique along with more complex center floor combinations. Emphasis is on performance qualities and musicality. May be taken four times for credit. P—DCE 126 or POI.

227. Advanced Jazz Dance. (2h) Pursues the mastery of jazz technique along with more complex center floor combinations. Emphasis is on performance qualities, musicality, technique, virtuosity, and creativity. May be taken four times for credit. P—DCE 226 or POI.

229. Intermediate Classical Ballet. (2h) Pursues the mastery of basic ballet technique along with more complex barre and center combinations, performance qualities, and musicality. May be taken four times for credit. P—DCE 127 or POI.

231. Advanced Classical Ballet. (2h) Continues the mastery of basic ballet technique along with more complex barre and center combinations, performance qualities, musicality, and pointe work. May be taken four times for credit. P—DCE 229 or POI.

236. Multi Ethnic Dance. (3h) Exploration of the cultural importance of dance in major ethnic groups in American society. Cross listed with AES 236. CD

241. Advanced Tap Dance. (2h) Progressive development of the concepts of DCE 201 with emphasis on qualitative performance, virtuosity, and versatility in a variety of technical forms within the tap dance discipline.  May be taken four times for credit. P—DCE 201 or POI.

285. Internship in Dance. (1-3h) Internship, approved by the department, to be carried out under the supervision of a departmental faculty member, designed to meet the proposing student’s needs and interests related to their study of dance.  Requirements may include an evaluative paper and public presentation.  Normally one course in an appropriate  sub-field is taken prior to the internship. POI

294. Individual Study. (1-3h) Research and readings in an area of interest to be approved and supervised by a faculty adviser. May be taken for a total of not more than 3 hours. POI

Theatre courses for Dance Minors
THE 100 Participation. (.5h) Attendance/participation in Mainstage and Studio performances and other events as established by the department. Specific attendance/participation requirements are established at the beginning of each semester. Assignments for technical production are made through consultation with the technical and design faculty. May be repeated for credit.

THE 150 Introduction to Design and Production.  (4h) Introduction to the fundamentals of theatrical design and technology including script analysis, design development, and presentation methods.  Through the lab, the student develops basic skills in theatre technology. Credit not allowed for both THE 150 and DCE 150.  Lab – 3 hours. (D)