Dance Program

TAMUCC College of Liberal Arts

The dance certificate is available to all majors in all disciplines and professionals or educators seeking a certificate to develop their skill and knowledge in the area of dance. This certificate will enhance the marketability of those students who are working towards teacher certification and would like to teach dance as a second discipline and theatre majors who are looking to pursue careers as professionals in the arts or those graduates who are looking to enhance their careers working in arts education, community theatre or health therapies. This certification will also prepare the student for the TExES/ExCET exam required to teach dance in the Texas public school system.
Jilissa Cotten

Contact:
Ms. Jilissa Cotten
Instructor
Dept: College of Liberal Arts
Phone: 825-2586
Email: jilissa.cotten@tamucc.edu

Dance Minor Rotation

Dance Certificate Rotation


Student Learning Outcomes:

  • Students obtaining a certificate in dance will demonstrate the technical, historical, cultural and choreographic dimensions of dance. Specifically the student will have the ability to:
  • Develop relationships with world dance cultures and choreographic elements.
  • Demonstrate written competencies in historical, cultural and critical analysis.
  • Demonstrate competencies in ballet, jazz and modern dance technique.

In order to receive a Dance Certificate, 15 semester hours with at least 9 semester hours in residence is required.


Required Courses: Sem. Hrs.
* DANC 1141 Ballet I 1
* DANC 1147 Jazz Dance I 1
* DANC 1148 Modern Dance I 1
* DANC 1304 Dance in Performance 3
DANC 3303 World Dance & Culture 3
DANC 3306 Dance Composition 3
DANC 4306 Dance Composition II 3
   
* May be repeated for credit.  

Course Descriptions:

DANC 1141 - Ballet I (1 sem. hr.)
A beginning ballet dance course aligned with the Theatre, Dance, and Musical Theatre disciplines. The student will learn fundamentals of classical ballet; terminology, alignment, barre and floor technique, as well as genres of the contemporary styles. May be repeated for credit.

DANC 1147 - Jazz Dance I (1 sem. hr.)
A beginning jazz dance course aligned with the Theatre, Dance, and Musical Theatre disciplines. Students will be introduced to genres of the jazz dance from primitive ritual through contemporary musical theatre compositions. May be repeated for credit.

DANC 1148 - Modern Dance I (1 sem. hr.)
A beginning modern dance course aligned with the Theatre, Dance, and Musical Theatre disciplines. Students will be introduced to the fundamentals of Modern Dance using a variety of modern dance styles, including technique, progressive movement and dance performance. May be repeated for credit.

DANC 1304 - Dance In Performance (3 sem. hrs.)
Students will be introduced to the fundamentals of choreography using a variety of dance styles and, using those skills, create dance intended for public performance. May be repeated for credit.

DANC 3303 - World Dance and Culture (3 sem. hrs.)
Offers a cross cultural and historical view of a variety of theatrical, vernacular and sacred dance forms and investigates ways that dance functions across societies. No background in dance is necessary to successfully complete this course.

DANC 3306 - Dance Composition (3 sem. hrs.)
Introduction to basic techniques and principles of the craft and art of choreography. Solo and duet choreography expected.

DANC 4306 - Dance Composition II (3 sem. hrs.)
Demonstrate choreographic tools in the dance making process as it relates to group work; explore and create movement studies in groups as it pertains to art. Prerequisite: DANC 3306 Dance Composition I.

TAMUCC Department of Theatre website

University Catalog - Dance Certificate


 

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