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BA Dance

The Bachelor of Arts in Dance offers students a professional, conservatory-style training program with a wide range of flexibility to explore any and all aspects of dance. The degree focuses on the areas of training, production, and professional development incorporating academic courses, co-curricular, and extra-curricular activities to enhance learning. Students may elect to combine the B.A. in Dance with a minor in entrepreneurship to prepare for careers in the administrative and management fields. Students might also combine a B.A. in Dance with a second major in Exercise Science to prepare for a career in Dance Conditioning or Physical Therapy.  Upon graduation, B.A. Dance majors are expected to have acquired the skills necessary for entrance into the professional dance, entertainment or arts market.  To achieve that goal, the program is designed to continually challenge the abilities of the student and to regularly assess student progress.  The B.A. in Dance also prepares students interested in continuing studies to the M.A. and M.F.A. level. 


Bachelor of Arts in Dance Students will:

  • Demonstrate a broad range of knowledge and skills in the area of dance within a liberal arts context;
  • Demonstrate mature work ethics and healthy lifestyle habits consistent with professionals in the field of dance;
  • Achieve a high level of competency and skill in technique and performance in a variety of dance techniques;
  • Demonstrate familiarity with in the many facets of dance production and other professionally oriented work in dance;
  • Become familiar with a wide variety of dance repertory and dance styles;
  • Demonstrate proficiency in choreographic principles, concepts and development of a personal aesthetic;
  • Exhibit fundamental knowledge of the body and of kinesiology as applicable to work in dance;
  • Show basic knowledge and skills in dance pedagogy;
  • Identify dance in historical, cultural and stylistic contexts;
  • Display the ability to creatively solve problems.

BA in Dance Degree

Four Year Course Rotation
NOTE:This is a template and should be used as a guide only. All students will be advised each semester to ensure that they are enrolling in the appropriate courses and properly progressing through the curriculum.

Fall Semester (14 hours)

  • DA105 Rehearsal & Production (1)
  • UI100 1st Year Seminar (3)
  • Dance Technique (2 courses) (4)
  • DA282 Movememnt Improvisation (3)

Spring Semester (12 Hours)

  • DA105 Rehearsal & Production (1)
  • EN100 English Composition (3)
  • Dance Technique (1 course) (2)
  • DA280 Movement Analysis OR DA290 Dance in World Cultures (3)
  • General Education (3)

Fall Semester (12 hours)

  • DA305 Rehearsal & Production (1)
  • DA380 Choreography I (3)
  • Dance Technique (1 course) (2)
  • General Education (6)

Srping Semester (12 Hours)

  • DA305 Rehearsal & Production (1)
  • DA485 Choreography II (3)
  • Dance Technique (1 course) (2)
  • DA280 Movement Analysis OR DA290 Dance in World Cultures (3)
  • General Education (3)

Fall Semester (12 hours)

  • DA305 Rehearsal & Production (1)
  • DA430 Principles of Teaching Dance OR DA490 Dance History (3)
  • Dance Technique (1 course) (2)
  • General Education (6)

Srping Semester (12 Hours)

  • DA305 Rehearsal & Production (1)
  • Dance Technique (1 course) (2)
  • General Education (9)

Fall Semester (9 hours)

  • DA305 Rehearsal & Production (1)
  • DA430 Principles of Teaching Dance OR DA490 Dance History (3)
  • Dance Technique (1 course) (2)
  • General Education (3)

Spring Semester (6 Hours)

  • DA305 Rehearsal & Production (1)
  • Dance Technique (1 course) (2)
  • General Education (4)

In order to graduate, all Southeast Missouri State University BA degree students must earn a minimum total of 120 credit hours.


Program Admittance

There is no formal admissions process for the BA in Dance.  Students interested in pursuing the Bachelor of Arts in Dance degree should select that dance as the major area of study on their Admissions application and are strongly encouraged to audition (hyperlink) for dance technique-level placement to ensure proper coursework and progress within the degree program.  Students must participate in the audition process to be eligible for dance scholarships.

For continuance in the BA in Dance degree program, each BA candidate must:

  1. Earn a 'C' or better in all Dance courses.
  2. Maintain a minimum 2.50 GPA within the Dance major and a minimum overall University GPA of 2.0.
  3. Participate in a sophomore BA Review receiving passing academic and artistic marks to advance in the program.
  4. Demonstrate excellence in the area of Professional Development by regular and sustained participation in the dance unit within the conservatory, while continuing to pursue outside professional opportunities.

Dismissal from the BA in Dance degree program:

  1. Any BA candidate who does not meet the academic requirements for continuance in the BA degree program will be placed on probation for one calendar year. If in that time, the candidate does not improve his or her grades to meet minimum BA requirements, the student will be dismissed from the BA program.
  2. Following dismissal from the BA program, the student may petition to be readmitted into the program the following academic year, assuming grades have been raised to meet minimum requirements.

Contact

(573) 986-7492
hpeterson@semo.edu
River Campus Seminary, Room 463

Conservatory of Theatre and Dance
One University Plaza, MS7850
Cape Girardeau, Missouri 63701