Dance Theatre Production Specialization

(B.F.A. 60 credits min., B.A. 36 credits. min.)

"If dance is to be brought into universal use, if it is to help in the development of a more general appreciation of human art values, it must be considered educationally." Margaret N. H'Doubler, Dance: A Creative Art Experience

The Dance Theatre Production Specialization is designed for students with a performance interest in both Theater and Dance. The Dance Theatre Production specialization electives provide a diverse selection of dance courses to better prepare students interested in a Theater Dance Production career. In addition to having performance possibilities in annual dance concerts and involvement in University theatrical productions, students may participate in dance workshops and student choreography.

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The Dance Theatre Production Specialization within the Theatre major fosters creativity, mastery of varied dance techniques, and the training of the artist-scholars, through classes in World Dance, Modern, Ballet, Jazz dance and Repertory Ensemble.

Combining a Liberal Arts education with a dance curriculum the student receives:

  • Training by professionally trained faculty and adjuncts;
  •  Performance opportunities, and the chance to work collaboratively;
  •  The opportunity to develop and articulate your aesthetic both as a choreographer and as a dancer.

Training with and performing in the University Dance Company "BURDE," provides student the opportunity to work with professional dancers and choreographers and perform in the University's Broad Auditorium, or in an alternative dance space which expands the performance experience.

Collaborations with live musicians and interaction with professional dance companies round out the opportunities to hone the dancers' skills.

The program is designed to help students articulate both their creative and physical goals, and to prepare students with a competitive edge for careers in dance or dance/theatre and graduate school. Classes and workshops on topics such as choreography, dance production, kinesiology, and dance history equip the student with a more well-rounded college experience.

In keeping with the Mission of the University's commitment to collaborative service to the community, the University's Dance area presents performances both on campus and in venues around the city of Miami Shores.

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TH 100
Introduction to Theatre
3 credits
Explores the nature and existence of theatre as a collaborative art form: its artists, craftsmen, practices, products, traditions and historical perspectives.
TH 105
Introduction to Technical Theater
3 credits
A survey class examining the various technical and artistic facets of a live theatrical production.
TH 111
Technical Theatre Lab I
1 credit
Beginning technical theatre lab with focus on backstage operations and crew assignments. Emphasis on practical application in actual productions. (Repeatable course). TH majors and minors only.
TH 155
Acting I: Fundamentals I
3 credits
An eclectic, performance-oriented course designed to introduce, develop, and reinforce fundamental acting skills and techniques.
TH 439
Theatre History I
3 credits
A history of theatre production from Aeschylus to Shakespeare, with selected readings from Greek, Roman, Medieval, and Renaissance dramatic literature. Same as ENG 439.
TH 440
Theatre History II
3 credits
A history of theatre production from Restoration to Realism, with selected readings from French neo-classical comedy and tragedy, English restoration comedy and Continental realism. Same as ENG 440.
TH 497
Senior Seminar
1 credit
integrative experience to assist the theatre major in preparation for graduate study or professional work.

Dance Theatre Production Specialization Requirements – 8 credits

DAN 109
Modern Dance I
2 credits
An objective approach to beginning modern dance technique. The student will explore movement skills, basic vocabulary, and principles. A development of basic principles of the dance form through learned dance phrases, self-expression in improvisational structures, and discussion of dance viewing. (Special fee)
DAN 180
Repertory Dance Ensemble
1 credits
Repertory Dance Ensemble— A faculty directed performing group formulated to enhance presentation skills in dance and dance theatre. Prerequisite: Audition. (Repeatable courses)
DAN 220
Dance Composition/Choreography I
2 credits
This course investigates the procedures and concepts of dance composition and choreography. Students will explore the practical process of dance-making through improvisation and learned movement studies.
DAN 410
Dance Production
3 credits
The student will investigate various areas of dance production through hands-on activities in marketing, stage crew, publicity, and promotions. Students will learn all the technical skills necessary to plan and mount a successful dance production.

Dance Theatre Production Specialization Electives:

BFA: 34 credits min.
BA: 10 credits min.

DAN 104
Dance Appreciation
3 credits
Dance appreciation will encourage the student to develop in-depth observational, perceptual, and cognitive understanding of dance from the respective roles of dancers, choreographers, and audiences relating to the art of dance. The class will examine selected global traditions in dance within a historical and cultural context. Various visualizations will be used such as live performances, videos, television, and film. This course is designed to introduce the student to a broad perspective of dance and its many contributions.
DAN 105
Ballet I
2 credits
Study and practice in beginning ballet technique designed to improve strength, flexibility, and an understanding of ballet vocabulary. (Special fee)
DAN 108
Theatrical Movement
1 credit
A survey of dance forms used in stage productions. Forms to be covered include: jazz, tap, ballet, folk, ballroom, hip hop, line, Latin, and ethnic dances. Appropriate for Theatre, Musical Theatre, and Physical Education majors.
DAN 110
Jazz Dance I
2 credits
Beginning jazz dance with exploration of disco jazz, classic jazz, and character jazz dance. (Special fee)
DAN 119
Latin Dance I
2 credits
Emphasis upon the basic steps of Latin dances originating in Cuba and the Dominican Republic. These dances include salsa, cha-cha, and merengue. Students will be challenged to place these dances in a socio-cultural and geographical context, both in their countries of origin and the United States. (Special fee)
DAN 180
Repertory Dance Ensemble
1–2 credits
Repertory Dance Ensemble—A faculty directed performing group formulated to enhance presentation skills in dance and dance theatre. Prerequisite: Audition. (Repeatable courses)
DAN 205
Ballet II
2 credits
Study and practice in intermediate ballet technique designed to improve strength, flexibility, and an understanding of ballet vocabulary. Prerequisite DAN 105 (Special fee)
DAN 209
Modern Dance II
2 credits
An objective approach to intermediate modern dance technique. The student will explore movement skills, vocabulary, and principles. Further development of the principles of the dance form through learned dance phrases, self-expression in improvisational structures, and discussion of dance viewing. Prerequisite DAN 109 (Special fee)
DAN 210
Jazz Dance II
2 credits
Intermediate jazz dance with continued exploration of disco jazz, classic jazz, and character jazz dance. Prerequisite DAN 110 (Special fee)
DAN 219
Latin Dance II
2 credits
An extension of Latin Dance I with an emphasis on individual style development. Students will refine techniques in salsa, cha-cha, and merengue and how to incorporate these and other Latin dances into their own choreographed movement sequence. Prerequisite: DAN 119 (Special fee)
DAN 300
Special Topics in Dance
2‑3 credits
Course designed to enrich the student’s understanding and appreciation of dance as an art form and to fill specific needs or interests. Content to be determined.
DAN 305
Ballet III
2 credits
Study and practice of intermediate to advanced level ballet technique designed to further develop the student’s ballet dance technique, and ballet vocabulary, as well as providing an opportunity for dance performance experience. Prerequisite: DAN 205. (Repeatable course) (Special fee)
DAN 309
Modern Dance III
2 credits
An objective approach to advanced modern dance technique. The student will explore movement skills, advanced vocabulary, and principles. Further development of the principles of the dance form through learned dance phrases, self-expression in improvisational structures, and discussion of dance viewing. Prerequisite DAN 209. (Repeatable course) (Special fee)
DAN 310
Jazz Dance III
2 credits
Intermediate/Advanced jazz dance with advanced exploration of disco jazz, classic jazz, and character jazz dance. Prerequisite DAN 210. (Repeatable course) (Special fee)
DAN 315
Hip Hop Dance and Culture
3 credits
This course will explore Hip Hop as an umbrella for dance, music, art, and culture. The student will analyze the birth of Hip Hop, Its progression and its economic and social, impact on the world. The student will also engage in developing skills In Hip Hop dance and dance making as a form of communication and entertainment. Students will experience Hip Hop dance as it encompasses weight shifts, body manipulations, break dancing, and pop'n lock. Prerequisite: None. (Special Fee)
DAN 320
Dance Composition/Choreography II
2 credits
This course is a continuation of DAN 220 with a more in-depth examination of choreography which culminates in the creation of a dance piece. Appropriate for Theatre, Musical Theatre, and Physical Education majors. Prerequisite: DAN 220.
DAN 325
Dances of the African Diaspora
3 credits
This course is designed to explore dances with African roots found in South America, the United States, and the Caribbean. Specific dances such as Gullah Ring Shout, Gahu, Samba, and Kumina will be examined. These dances are experiences utilizing body/mind interaction in order to learn the classic movement vocabulary and investigate individual development of style. Prerequisite: None (Special fee)
DAN 359
Independent Study
1‑3 credits
Opportunity for research in areas of special interest to the student; 2.50 overall GPA; all paperwork must be completed before the end of the semester preceding the Independent Study. Dean and Department Chair approval. Prerequisite: None.
DAN 380
Repertory Dance Ensemble
1–2 credits
Repertory Dance Ensemble—A faculty directed performing group formulated to enhance presentation skills in dance and dance theatre. Prerequisite: Audition. (Repeatable courses)
DAN 429
History and Philosophy of Dance
3 credits
This course examines the historical development of dance with reference to periods, social structures, and cultural context.
TH 180
Ensemble
1–3 credits
Involvement in a full-length play on the mainstage. Admission by audition or faculty approval. (Repeatable courses)
TH 380
Ensemble
1–3 credits
Involvement in a full-length play on the mainstage. Admission by audition or faculty approval. (Repeatable courses)
TH 459
Independent Study Project
3 credits
Opportunity to showcase area of specialization, culminating in a studio level production or demonstration of developed work. Faculty approval required. (Repeatable course)
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Any TH elective not listed above
1-6 credits

Dance Minor

The Dance Minor consists of 21 credits of DAN courses. A minimum grade of C is required in all courses.

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