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Undergraduate Programs

DancePlus Spring 2012

 

“With internationally renowned guest artists, the diversity of the dance faculty’s training, the professional level and strength of the student body, and the academic excellence of this university, Mason Gross School of the Arts is, by far, one of the most well-rounded dance programs around.”
— Tyner Dumortier, BFA, Dance

DEGREES 

BFA in Dance
BA in Dance
BFA/EdM 5 year track
Minor in Dance
Courses for Non-Majors/Non-Minors
Online 


BFA in Dance

The Bachelor of Fine Arts program in dance is for students desiring to become professional dance artists and who wish to pursue their goals within the artistic and intellectual climate of a major university. The two primary aims of dance majors are excellence in modern dance performance and outstanding creative achievement.  The faculty's diverse interests and accomplishments as artists, scholars, and educators ensure expert direction in all three areas of the curriculum: technique and performance, choreography, and theoretical studies. The faculty of working choreographers and dance artists supports each student's search for original expression. Students begin their study of creative work with closely supervised problem-solving and improvisation practice. This work continues through courses in choreography and culminates in the senior year with supervised senior projects. Students applying to the BFA in dance must submit an application to the Mason Gross School of the Arts and in addition are encouraged to submit an application to the School of Arts and Sciences to be considered for the BA in dance.  Audition required.

A professional faculty, excellent facilities in a suburban setting 45 minutes from New York City, and abundant performing opportunities make the Mason Gross School ideal for the student seeking a professional career in the field of dance.

Students take a daily, diverse curriculum of studio and theoretical courses including modern dance technique, and ballet technique. Audition classes for studio courses assure that each dance student works at the level best suited to advance her or his proficiency. Student training is enriched and advanced with the study of

  • jazz technique
  • Afro-Fusion dance
  • choreography
  • improvisation
  • performance skills
  • repertory
  • dance history
  • Laban Movement Analysis
  • Kinesiology
  • dance production
  • dance for video
  • introduction to dance studies
  • sound and movement
  • advanced rhythm and drumming skills
  • rhythm for dancers
  • dance for children

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BA in Dance

The Bachelor of Arts program in dance combines a broad experience in the liberal arts with a specialization in the area of dance. The program prepares students to advance beyond the bachelor’s degree in performance, teaching, dance criticism, or history. Students applying to the B.A. in dance must submit an application to the School of Arts and Sciences.  Audition required.

Dance majors in the BA program are required to complete all the courses listed under 07:203 and 07:206. BA majors are required to take either Afro-American/African Dance or Flamenco Dance. We recommend that dance majors elect additional courses in the major after consultation with the department undergraduate director. All BA majors are required to perform in at least one public performance sponsored by the Department of Dance.

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BFA/EdM 5 year track

This degree track is for high school graduates looking for a unique opportunity to earn both an undergraduate degree and a master’s degree at a cost savings, in five years, within a professional school climate. Students with a preexisting undergraduate degree should navigate to the graduate page. Students on this track have many career options, including:

  • Dance performance and choreography careers
  • A career in teaching dance in the PK-12 public schools
  • Educational leadership in dance communities
  • Doctoral study and careers as PK-12 dance teacher preparation faculty on the university level.

Unique in the country, no other university pairs advanced artistry training with a master’s degree in dance education and teacher certification credentialing.  Excellence in modern dance performance, outstanding creative achievement, and strong teaching skills are the aims of the dance education program. The diverse interests of the Mason Gross and Graduate School of Education faculty ensure expert direction in four core areas of study: technique and performance, choreography, theoretical dance study, and education and dance education.

The BFA portion of the program includes daily modern-dance technique for four years, supported by regular ballet training and study in other dance forms. Audition classes assure that each dance student works at the level best suited to advance her or his proficiency. Students have a variety of performance opportunities. The faculty of working choreographers and dance artists supports each student's search for original expression. Students begin their study of creative work with closely supervised problem-solving and improvisation practice. This work continues through courses in choreography. Students on this track have the option to produce work for the senior choreography project.

In the sophomore year students may begin taking introductory-level education and dance-education courses. During junior year students continue preliminary graduate study and must take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) and then apply to the Graduate School of Education. If accepted into the EdM program, during senior year students begin courses in teaching methodology and conduct fieldwork projects in schools, community programs, and arts organizations. At the end of senior year, given that all undergraduate requirements have been fulfilled, the BFA degree is conferred by Mason Gross. Students return for an additional year of graduate study and a supervised internship semester of mentorship by a professional dance educator in a PK-12 school. At the completion of all requirements, the EdM degree is conferred by the Graduate School of Education.

During the program, students gradually accumulate a web-based teaching portfolio that includes their performance and choreography samples, teaching vision as well as sample lesson plans, units of study, a management plan, sample assessments, a home-school plan, and a curriculum design, etc. Two courses in professional issues during the final semester of study prepare students for the college-to-profession transition and seeking employment. Students interested in pursuing jobs in the New York City schools or becoming certified in another state may also receive special advisement.

The Graduate School of Education recommends the student to the New Jersey Department of Education for PK-12 dance teacher certification. Graduates will receive a New Jersey Certificate of Eligibility with Advanced Standing (CEAS), valid for a lifetime, allowing individuals flexibility in their career choices.

Furthermore, New Jersey PK-12 dance teacher certification has reciprocity in 36 other states in the nation.

For more information on the graduate program please click here: Graduate Programs of Study

BFA Course Offerings and Catalog

BFA/EdM Certification Course Offerings and Catalog
EdM Certification Course Offerings and Catalog
EdM Non-Certification Course Offerings and Catalog

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Minor in Dance

The minor in dance program provides introductory experience in dance training and dance theory. Courses include Ballet, Modern Dance, Dance Improvisation, Dance Composition, and Production Study. In addition, dance minors elect any two of the following courses: Dance Appreciation, Ballet II, Dance History-World Survey, and Dance History-1900 to Present. Other free electives include: Ballet III, African American Fusion Dance and Jazz.  Audition required before permission to take courses beyond Modern Dance II. 

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Courses for Non-Majors/Non-Minors

The department offers the following courses open to non-major and non-minor students:  Dance Appreciation, Modern Dance I, Modern Dance II, Ballet I, and Ballet II.

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Online Courses

07:631:121 The History of Broadway Dance
07:631:120 Dance Appreciation Online: The Art of Movement
 

Non-Credit:

Dance Appreciation Online

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