Dance

Major: Dance
Degree Awarded: Bachelor of Science (BS)
Calendar Type: Quarter
Total Credit Hours: 185.0
Co-op Options: One Co-op (Four years)
Classification of Instructional Program (CIP) code: 50.0399
Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) code: 25-1121; 27-2031; 27-2032

About the Program

The dance program at Drexel University provides intensive exploration of dance in its physical, intellectual, creative and therapeutic aspects. The major is designed for students to focus on one of the following four tracks:

  • Dance/Movement Therapy
  • Dance in Education
  • Physical Therapy
  • Performance

The dance major at Drexel University has a unique curriculum design and focus. This program combines rigorous academic coursework with extensive stage and studio dance experiences to prepare students for four possible career paths within dance: dance/movement therapy, dance in education, physical therapy and performance. Students participating in this major will earn a BS degree in dance with an optional minor in psychology.

Students focused on dance/movement therapy will prepare for jobs as dance/movement therapists. These are psychological counselors working in a variety of settings including hospitals, out-patient clinics and residential treatment centers. Students pursuing this option will earn a BS degree in dance at the Westphal College, through the Department of Performing Arts, for the first four years of study. They will then have the option to continue on to two years of study in the College of Nursing and Health Professions to earn an MA in Creative Arts in Therapy and become a licensed dance therapist.

The second career focus, dance in education, prepares students for jobs as elementary school teachers (grades Pre-K through 4) who may also serve as school dance specialists. Students choosing this option will earn a BS degree in dance through the Department of Performing Arts and may elect to continue for a fifth year of study to earn an MS in the Teaching, Learning & Curriculum through the School of Education. Students who successfully complete the five year BS/MS option in education will then be recommended to the State for a Pennsylvania Teaching Certificate in the area of Elementary Education for Pre-K to 4 certification, general education.

The third career focus, physical therapy, prepares students to work as physical therapists in a variety of settings, including hospitals, treatment centers, schools, and private practice. Students interested in the physical therapy option will complete the four-year BS degree in dance, along with a series of recommended electives in the physical sciences. After completion of the BS degree, students will continue their education for an additional three years in the College of Nursing and Health Professions to earn a DPT and become a licensed physical therapist.

The fourth option, custom design, allows students to work closely with faculty to create a personalized career in dance. Many students in this focus select performance, which prepares them to work as performers and/or choreographers in a variety of settings. Students interested in the performance option will complete the four-year BS degree in dance, with an emphasis on collaborative and interdisciplinary work. 

The student who enters the dance major at Drexel University is an academically achieving student who has a deep curiosity for non-traditional careers in the field of dance. He or she is looking for extensive experiences to improve as a dancer, choreographer and performer while being stimulated academically. This student wants to study dance—-both physically and cognitively—in college while being offered the possibility of gainful employment after graduation.

For more information about this major, visit the Westphal College's Dance web page.

Degree Requirements 

General Education Requirements
CIVC 101Introduction to Civic Engagement1.0
COOP 101Career Management and Professional Development0.0
ENGL 101Composition and Rhetoric I: Inquiry and Exploratory Research3.0
ENGL 102Composition and Rhetoric II: Advanced Research and Evidence-Based Writing3.0
ENGL 103Composition and Rhetoric III: Themes and Genres3.0
MATH 171Introduction to Analysis A3.0
MATH 172Introduction to Analysis B3.0
PSY 101General Psychology I3.0
PSY 120Developmental Psychology3.0
PSY 240 [WI] Abnormal Psychology3.0
UNIV A101The Drexel Experience1.0
Two English (ENGL) electives6.0
One Art or Humanities elective3.0
Two Natural Science electives8.0
Free electives40.0
Dance Major Requirements
Foundation and Theory Requirements
ARTH 103History of Art III: Modern Art3.0
NFS 100
NFS 101
Nutrition, Foods, and Health
and Introduction to Nutrition & Food
3.0
THTR 240Theatre Production I3.0
MUSC 331World Musics3.0
DANC 115Introduction to Dance3.0
DANC 215Dance Appreciation3.0
DANC 315Twentieth Century Dance3.0
DANC 415Dance Aesthetics and Criticism3.0
DANC 108Dance Improvisation I2.0
DANC 135Rhythmic Study for Dance3.0
DANC 235Dance Composition I3.0
DANC 335Dance Composition II3.0
DANC 116Dance and Fitness3.0
DANC 117Foundations of Somatic Theory and Practice3.0
DANC 216Introduction to Laban Movement Analysis3.0
DANC 316Dance Kinesiology3.0
DANC 221Survey of Dance and Movement Therapy3.0
DANC 222Dance Pedagogy3.0
DANC 481Senior Seminar in Dance1.0
DANC 491Senior Project in Dance (1.0 credit course repeated for a total of 3.0 credits)3.0
Performance Requirements
DANC 131Dance Practicum in Performance (1.0 credit course repeated for a total of 11.0 credits) *11.0
or DANC 133 Dance Practicum in Choreography
Technique Requirements
DANC 104Ballet Technique I (2.0 credit course repeated for a total of 12.0 credits)12.0
or DANC 204 Ballet Technique II
or DANC 304 Ballet Dance Technique III
DANC 105Modern Dance Technique I (2.0 credit course repeated for a total of 12.0 credits)12.0
or DANC 205 Modern Dance Technique II
or DANC 305 Modern Dance Technique III
Select five of the following:10.0
Jazz Dance Technique I
Jazz Dance Technique II
Jazz Dance Technique III
Hip-Hop Dance Technique I
Hip-Hop Dance Technique II
Dance Improvisation II
African Dance Technique I
African Dance Technique II
Total Credits185.0

Writing-Intensive Course Requirements

In order to graduate, all students must pass three writing-intensive courses after their freshman year. Two writing-intensive courses must be in a student's major. The third can be in any discipline. Students are advised to take one writing-intensive class each year, beginning with the sophomore year, and to avoid “clustering” these courses near the end of their matriculation. Transfer students need to meet with an academic advisor to review the number of writing-intensive courses required to graduate.

A "WI" next to a course in this catalog may indicate that this course can fulfill a writing-intensive requirement. For the most up-to-date list of writing-intensive courses being offered, students should check the Writing Intensive Course List at the University Writing Program. Students scheduling their courses can also conduct a search for courses with the attribute "WI" to bring up a list of all writing-intensive courses available that term.


Sample Plan of Study

Term 1Credits
DANC 104Ballet Technique I2.0
DANC 105Modern Dance Technique I2.0
DANC 116Dance and Fitness3.0
DANC 131Dance Practicum in Performance1.0
ENGL 101Composition and Rhetoric I: Inquiry and Exploratory Research3.0
MATH 171Introduction to Analysis A3.0
NFS 100
NFS 101
Nutrition, Foods, and Health3.0
UNIV A101The Drexel Experience1.0
 Term Credits18.0
Term 2
CIVC 101Introduction to Civic Engagement1.0
DANC 117Foundations of Somatic Theory and Practice3.0
DANC 131
or 133
Dance Practicum in Performance
Dance Practicum in Choreography
1.0
DANC 135Rhythmic Study for Dance3.0
DANC 205
or 305
Modern Dance Technique II
Modern Dance Technique III
2.0
ENGL 102Composition and Rhetoric II: Advanced Research and Evidence-Based Writing3.0
MATH 172Introduction to Analysis B3.0
 Term Credits16.0
Term 3
DANC 115Introduction to Dance3.0
DANC 131
or 133
Dance Practicum in Performance
Dance Practicum in Choreography
1.0
DANC 204
or 304
Ballet Technique II
Ballet Dance Technique III
2.0
ENGL 103Composition and Rhetoric III: Themes and Genres3.0
PSY 101General Psychology I3.0
Select one of the following:2.0
Jazz Dance Technique I 
Jazz Dance Technique II 
Hip-Hop Dance Technique I 
Hip-Hop Dance Technique II 
African Dance Technique I 
African Dance Technique II 
Free elective 3.0
 Term Credits17.0
Term 4
ARTH 103History of Art III: Modern Art3.0
DANC 108Dance Improvisation I2.0
DANC 131
or 133
Dance Practicum in Performance
Dance Practicum in Choreography
1.0
DANC 205
or 305
Modern Dance Technique II
Modern Dance Technique III
2.0
DANC 216Introduction to Laban Movement Analysis3.0
PSY 240 [WI] Abnormal Psychology3.0
 Term Credits14.0
Term 5
COOP 101Career Management and Professional Development0.0
DANC 131
or 133
Dance Practicum in Performance
Dance Practicum in Choreography
1.0
DANC 221Survey of Dance and Movement Therapy3.0
DANC 222Dance Pedagogy3.0
DANC 235Dance Composition I3.0
PSY 120Developmental Psychology3.0
Select one of the following:2.0
Jazz Dance Technique I 
Jazz Dance Technique II 
Hip-Hop Dance Technique I 
Hip-Hop Dance Technique II 
African Dance Technique I 
African Dance Technique II 
 Term Credits15.0
Term 6
DANC 131
or 133
Dance Practicum in Performance
Dance Practicum in Choreography
1.0
DANC 204Ballet Technique II2.0
DANC 205
or 305
Modern Dance Technique II
Modern Dance Technique III
2.0
MUSC 331World Musics3.0
THTR 240Theatre Production I3.0
Free Electives6.0
 Term Credits17.0
Term 7
DANC 131
or 133
Dance Practicum in Performance
Dance Practicum in Choreography
1.0
DANC 204Ballet Technique II2.0
DANC 215Dance Appreciation3.0
Arts and Humanities elective3.0
English (ENGL) elective3.0
Free elective 3.0
 Term Credits15.0
Term 8
DANC 131
or 133
Dance Practicum in Performance
Dance Practicum in Choreography
1.0
DANC 204Ballet Technique II2.0
DANC 205
or 305
Modern Dance Technique II
Modern Dance Technique III
2.0
DANC 315Twentieth Century Dance3.0
DANC 316Dance Kinesiology3.0
DANC 481Senior Seminar in Dance1.0
Select one of the following:2.0
Jazz Dance Technique I 
Jazz Dance Technique II 
Hip-Hop Dance Technique I 
Hip-Hop Dance Technique II 
African Dance Technique I 
African Dance Technique II 
 Term Credits14.0
Term 9
DANC 131
or 133
Dance Practicum in Performance
Dance Practicum in Choreography
1.0
DANC 204Ballet Technique II2.0
DANC 205
or 305
Modern Dance Technique II
Modern Dance Technique III
2.0
DANC 335Dance Composition II3.0
Natural Science elective4.0
Free electives 6.0
 Term Credits18.0
Term 10
DANC 131
or 133
Dance Practicum in Performance
Dance Practicum in Choreography
1.0
DANC 205
or 305
Modern Dance Technique II
Modern Dance Technique III
2.0
DANC 491Senior Project in Dance1.0
Select two of the following:4.0
Jazz Dance Technique I 
Jazz Dance Technique II 
Hip-Hop Dance Technique I 
Hip-Hop Dance Technique II 
African Dance Technique I 
African Dance Technique II 
Free electives6.0
 Term Credits14.0
Term 11
DANC 131
or 133
Dance Practicum in Performance
Dance Practicum in Choreography
1.0
DANC 205
or 305
Modern Dance Technique II
Modern Dance Technique III
2.0
DANC 491Senior Project in Dance1.0
Natural Science elective4.0
Free electives6.0
 Term Credits14.0
Term 12
DANC 415Dance Aesthetics and Criticism3.0
DANC 491Senior Project in Dance1.0
English (ENGL) elective3.0
Free electives6.0
 Term Credits13.0
Total Credit: 185.0

Co-op/Career Opportunities

The dance major is designed for students to focus on one of four career options. Several of the tracks lead to graduate study at Drexel or may be completed at the end of four years. Each also includes a co-op experience that allows for extended interaction with professionals in dance therapy, physical therapy, education, and performance. Students wishing to change career focus throughout the course of the undergraduate curriculum will have the option to do so.

Students focusing on dance/movement therapy participate in a six month co-op experience during the spring and summer terms of their junior year. These students may participate in co-op with a practicing dance/movement therapist, community dance artist, or mental health professional in a mental health, social service, rehabilitation, medical, special education or community arts setting.

Students focusing on physical therapy, will participate in a six month co-op in which they work in a setting with a physical therapist, such as a hospital, treatment center, school, or private practice. Co-op experiences where students are able to work with physical therapists working on dancers as clients will be encouraged. 

Students focusing on dance in education participate in after school dance programs, artist in residence school partnerships and auditorium lecture demonstration programs as part of a touring dance company run by the dance program at Drexel, or other dance education focused activities in a school or studio setting, during the fall and winter of their junior year as their co-op experience.

Students focusing on custom design or performance may participate in a six month co-op including performance, administration, production, event planning and grant writing. Students interested in performance will work with professional choreographers to experience multiple aspects of creating a sustainable life in performance and/or choreography. 

Visit the Drexel Steinbright Career Development Center page for more detailed information on co-op and post-graduate opportunities.  

Dance Faculty

Lindsay Browning, BFA (Bradford University). Adjunct Instructor. Yoga
Jim Bunting, BFA (University of the Arts, Philadelphia). Adjunct Instructor. Jazz dance.
Antoinette Coward-Gilmore, MA (New York University). Adjunct Instructor. African dance, modern dance.
Clyde Evans Adjunct Instructor. Director of Chosen Dance Company; hip-hop.
Chris Farrell, MBA (Fordham University). Adjunct Instructor. Rhythmic studies; accompaniment.
Miriam Giguere, PhD (Temple University) Department Head, Performing Arts. Associate Professor. Professional modern dancer, choreographer and dance educator whose research centers on cognition during the creative process. She has published nationally and internationally and is a frequent presenter on the integration of dance and academics at national and international conferences.
Valerie Ifill, MFA (University of Oregon) Program Director, Dance; Director of the Youth Performance Exchange and Dornsife Dance . Assistant Teaching Professor. Intersections of dance and the community
Tania Isaac, MFA (Temple University). Assistant Teaching Professor. Caribbean-American dancer/choreographer; fusion of choreography with personal documentary and social commentary to grapple with identity, post-colonial issues, feminism and juxtapositions of European and African influences.
Lucinda Lea, BA (Indiana University). Adjunct Instructor. Ballet, Certified Trager Practitioner/Movement Educator
Marcie Mamura, MFA (University of Oregon). Adjunct Instructor. Assistant Director, FreshDance.
Jennifer Morley, MFA (Temple University). Assistant Teaching Professor. Master Pilates instructor and director of the Drexel Pilates Teaching Training program; modern dance, choreography.
Carl Paris, PhD (Temple University). Adjunct Instructor. Interdisciplinary approach to dance studies, cultural studies and issues around black dance and performance.
Olive Prince, MFA (Temple University). Adjunct Instructor. Choreography, creative process and improvisation; Director of Olive Prince Dance.
Meredith Rainey Adjunct Instructor. Former soloist with Pennsylvania Ballet and director of Carbon Dance Theater. Ballet, choreography.
Heather Smalley, BS (Drexel University). Adjunct Instructor. Arts administration.
Leah Stein, BA (Wesleyan University). Adjunct Instructor. Modern technique; improvisation.
Lauren Stepanski, DPT (Drexel University). Adjunct Instructor. Dance kinesiology
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