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Dance Minor

Dance

Welcome to dance at Pacific Lutheran University!  We offer a Dance minor within the Department of Theatre & Dance under the School of Arts and Communication.

Dance at Pacific Lutheran University provides unique opportunities in performance, choreography, dance history, dance production, dance technique (including modern, jazz, ballet, hip-hop and tap), yoga, social dance forms, and healing arts of mind and body. Selected courses are cross-referenced with Physical Education/Movement Studies, and two to four classes are offered every semester along with other co-curricular opportunities. Students can receive credit for their participation in these activities. Additionally, student choreography is emphasized in order to help nurture aspiring artists into becoming successful professionals.  Along with the student choreography, faculty and guest choreographers regularly create original works and set repertory on the students.

Pacific Lutheran University Dance Ensemble provides opportunities for student dance performance and choreography in a concert setting. Students join in the creative and intellectual process of creating dances. They challenge themselves technically and artistically with a culminating formal performance in the Spring semester. Invited professional guest choreographers, dedicated student choreographers, and dance faculty participate in setting choreography on the ensemble for the Spring concert.  Students of all technical dance levels are encouraged to participate and audition in the Fall and Spring terms for the Spring concert.

You may contact Resident Assistant Professor of Theatre & Dance, Sarah Seder, at sseder@plu.edu in order to learn more about the program.

Dance 2014 at PLU on Thursday, April 10, 2014. (Photo/John Froschauer)

Dance Minor Requirements

20 semester hours, including:

  • DANC 170, 301, 463

6 semester hours of technique chosen from:

  • DANC/PHED 222
  • DANC 251, 252, 322, 351, 352

4 semester hours of electives chosen from:

  • DANC 240, 254, 255, 287, 487, 491
  • THEA 225, 250, 355, 425
  • PHED 224, 225

COURSES

An introductory dance history course combining lecture and movement practice to offer students a well-rounded appreciation of the art form.

4 credits.

Introducing the techniques, vocabulary, and basic history of the jazz dance form, including learning and performing choreography in various jazz styles.

Repeatable for credit up to 4 times. May not be repeated for PE credit. Cross-listed with PHED 222.

1 credit.

Various aspects of dance performance and production, including artistic collaboration, lighting, costume, makeup, and marketing.

Repeatable for credit up to 4 times.

0 to 1 credit.

Designed for beginning to beginning/intermediate level dance students, this course is an opportunity for all students to actively practice the basic techniques, vocabulary, and traditions of classical ballet.

Repeatable for credit up to 4 times. May not be repeated for PE credit.

2 credits.

A technique course for beginning to beginning/intermediate level dance students. This course introduces basic techniques from the modern and post-modern eras, with an emphasis on contemporary practices, including structured improvisation and the fusion of multiple dance styles.

Repeatable for credit up to 4 times. May not be repeated for PE credit.

4 credits.

An introduction to the fundamentals of tap dance technique and history. Students will study rhythm, coordination, and artistry with an emphasis in the musical theatre style.

Repeatable for credit up to 4 times. May not be repeated for PE credit.

1 credit.

A technique course exploring the movement, vocabulary, and history of the rich hip hop culture in America.

Repeatable for credit up to 4 times. May not be repeated for PE credit.

1 credit.

Provides undergraduate students with new, one-time, and developing courses not yet available in the regular curriculum. The title will be listed on the student term-based record as ST: followed by the specific title designated by the academic unit.

1 to 4 credits.

A cross-cultural examination of dance traditions from around the world in their historical, critical, artistic, and socio-cultural contexts. Students will learn to contextualize a variety of dance traditions. They will participate in dance styles of various world cultures as they study cultural traditions and how they are expressed in movement. Dance of Africa, Asia, Europe, India, Middle East, and the Americas.

4 credits. 

This technique course challenges dance students to enhance their technical skills and knowledge of the vocabulary and history of the jazz dance form, including learning, creating, and performing choreography in various jazz styles.

Repeatable for credit up to 4 times. Prerequisite: consent of instructor or DANC 222 and consent of instructor.

1 credit.

esigned for intermediate to intermediate/advanced level dance students, this course challenges ballet students to enhance their technical skills and historical knowledge through discussion and dedicated physical practice.

Repeatable for credit up to 4 times. Prerequisite: consent of instructor or DANC 251 and consent of instructor.

2 credits.

Designed for intermediate to intermediate/advanced level dance students. This rigorous technique course combines prominent techniques from the four modern and post-modern eras with a focus on diverse perspectives of this contemporary dance era, including contact improvisation and somatic exploration.

Prerequisite: consent of instructor, or DANC 252 and consent of instructor. Repeatable for credit up to 4 times.

2 credits.

Designed to introduce alternative therapies of mind-body processes. History, roots, practice, and cultural significances of several therapies and practices.

Cross-listed with KINS 362.

4 credits.

A study of the principles of dance composition, relative to the art form’s mediums of body, space, and time. In this course, students engage in concentrated creative practice involving guided improvisation and choreographic exercises.

2 credits.

Provides undergraduate students with new, one-time, and developing courses not yet available in the regular curriculum. The title will be listed on the student term-based record as ST: followed by the specific title designated by the academic unit.

1 to 4 credits.

Provides individual undergraduate students with advanced study not available in the regular curriculum. The title will be listed on the student term-based record as IS: followed by the specific title designated by the student.

1 to 4 credits.