The Minor in Dance offers students the opportunity to study dance technique and to gain some breadth of knowledge about modern dance, ballet, the history of dance, and the process of creating and performing dance.
The department holds auditions during the first weeks of each semester. All minors and non-majors enrolled in a technique class are invited to audition.
Students interested in performing in a dance concert must attend the audition for that particular concert. There are separate auditions for Senior Concert, First Works Concert, and Dance Showcase. Students must be able to attend all rehearsals, showings, tech rehearsals, performance warm-ups, performances, and technical strike in order to accept casting. Cast lists will be posted within 3 days of the audition.
A 19-credit program of study includes a combination of core courses and electives.
DANC 230 – Improvisation (3.00)
DANC 310 – Intermediate Contemporary Dance Technique I (3.00)
One course in the history of dance:
DANC 201 – Dance History I: Cultural and Classical Forms (3.00)
DANC 202 – Dance History II: Contemporary Forms (3.00)
One course in ballet technique at the appropriate level (2 credits):
DANC 116 – Ballet I–Elementary Ballet (2.00)
DANC 216 – Ballet II–Intermediate Ballet (2.00)
DANC 316 – Ballet III – High Intermediate Ballet (2.00)
DANC 416 – Ballet IV – Advanced Ballet (2.00)
PLUS six credits in dance electives from the following:
DANC 201 – Dance History I: Cultural and Classical Forms (3.00) (if not selected as a core course) or
DANC 202 – Dance History II: Contemporary Forms (3.00) (if not selected as a core course)
An additional course in ballet technique (DANC 216, DANC 316, or DANC 416) (2.00)
DANC 220 – Beginning Contemporary Dance Technique II (2.00) *
DANC 260 – Introduction to African Dance (3.00)
DANC 315 – Beyond Technique (3.00)
DANC 320 – Intermediate Contemporary Dance Technique II (3.00)
DANC 301 – Special Studies in Dance (1.00 – 3.00)
DANC 330 – Dance Composition I (3.00)
DANC 331 – Dance Composition II (3.00)
DANC 350 – Dance Workshop (2.00)
DANC 390 – Dance Production Workshop (3.00)
DANC 399 – Dance Practicum (3.00)
DANC 450 – Repertory (3.00)
*Prerequisite for DANC 310, which may be waived based on the student’s dance background and experience
For course descriptions, go to UMBC Dance Catalog.