Course Requirements

Requirements for the Dance Minor – Total Credits: 18

Students majoring in a wide variety of disciplines elect to pursue a minor in Dance. The Dance Program is designed to expose students to dance as an investigative, expressive, and collaborative field of study through rigorous practical and theoretical applications.


Before declaring the dance minor, students must be enrolled in at least one studio course. There is a general progression of study within the program and students should refer to individual course descriptions for specific prerequisites.

In addition to coursework, dance minors are required to participate in a minimum of 2 program concerts prior to graduation. In order to attain the Dance minor, students must complete 18 credits of academic coursework. No DANC course graded C- or lower may count towards the minor. Note that a student may not use the same course to satisfy more than one requirement. For instance, a student may use DANC 1400 (The Art of Dance) to satisfy either an elective requirement or a critical studies requirement, but not both.

Movement Practice (4 credits) from:

DANC 2210 Ballet I (1 credit)
- (Or Higher, Required)

DANC 2220 Modern/Contemporary I (1 credit)
- (Or Higher, Required)

DANC 2230 Jazz Dance I (1 credit)

DANC 3210 Ballet II (1 credit)

DANC 3220 Modern/Contemporary II (1 credit)

DANC 3230 Jazz Dance II (1 credit)

DANC 3610 Contact Improvisation (1 credit)

DANC 4220 Modern/Contemporary III (1 credit)


Creative Process (4 credits):

DANC 2300 Dance Improvisation (2 credits)

DANC 3300 Dance Composition (2 credits)


Critical Studies (3 credits) from:

DANC 1400 The Art of Dance (3 credits)

DANC 3400 Dance and Culture (3 credits)


Somatic Studies (3 credits):

DANC 4640 Laban/Bartenieff Movement Analysis (3 credits)


Electives (4 credits) from:

DANC 1400 The Art of Dance (3 credits)

DRAM 2110 Lighting Technology or DRAM 4110 Lighting Design (3 credits)

DRAM 2210 Scenic Tech (3 credits) or DRAM 3210 Scenic Design (3 credits)

DRAM 2310 Costume Tech (3 credits) or DRAM 4310 Costume Design (3 credits)

DANC 2430 Production Laboratory: Dance (1-3 credits)

DRAM 2240 Digital Design: Remaking & Reimagining (3 credits)

DRAM 2620 Sound Design (3 credits)

MUSI 3090 Performance in Africa (3-4 credits)

DANC 3400 Dance and Culture (3 credits)

DRAM 3440 Movement for Theatre (3 credits)

DANC 3590 Special Topics in Dance (1-3 credits)

DANC 3620 Dance Repertory (1-3 credits)

DANC 3630 Dance Theater (3 credits)

DANC 3640 Dance for the Camera (3 credits)

DANC 3650 Dance Production (3 credits)

DANC 4993 Independent Study: Dance (1-3 credits)

For more information, contact the Dance Minor Advisor, Department of Drama, Drama Building, 109 Culbreth Rd., P.O. Box 400128, Charlottesville, VA 22904-4128; (434) 243-2349 or (434) 924-3326.

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