Division of the Arts


Updated August 8, 2018


Advising Faculty


1.     Maria Q. Simpson (director) (on sabbatical fall 17)

2.     Arthur Aviles

3.     Souleymane Badolo

4.     Jean Churchill

5.     Lindsay Walker Clark

6.     Leah Cox

7.     Peggy Florin


Non-Advising Faculty:


1.     Tricia Brown Dance Company, including Tara Lorenzen and Cori Olinghouse



Program Requirements


Areas of study: technique (ballet, modern), composition, dance history, dance science, performance and production, dance repertory.


Moderation Requirements:


1.     4 credits of dance technique courses

2.     Dance Composition I

3.     Dance Composition II


All moderating students must submit choreography and present performance work for acceptance into the major. Once accepted into the Program, students may choose to concentrate in creative work, performance, or both.


Graduation Requirements:


4.     two courses in Technique per semester (including three Ballet courses)

5.     two intensive 4 day/week technique courses (offered by the Tricia Brown Dance Company)

6.     Dance Composition III (not required if concentrating in performance)

7.     DAN 360 Dance History

8.     DAN 355 Anatomy for Dancers

9.     Music course

10.   Practicing Arts course outside of the dance program

11.   2nd Practicing Arts course outside of the dance program

12.   History course outside of the dance program

13.   Writing and/or criticism course (e.g. Philosophy of Art) by junior year

14.   DAN 350 Junior & Senior Seminar: The Current Landscape of the Contemporary Performance World

15.   Senior Project I

16.   Senior Project II


For the Senior Project in Dance, students prepare choreography, performance, or other material of appropriate scope and size for public presentation. All Senior Projects include a 20- to 30-page paper.



Sample Program of Study


First Year

Sophomore Year

Junior Year

Senior Year


FYSEM I (fall)

2-cred DAN technique


2-cred DAN technique

DAN 217 Comp II

HIST 130


ART 101 Painting I

PHIL 230

2-cred DAN technique


Sr. Project I (fall)

DAN 351 Anatomy

2-cred DAN technique


FYSEM II (spring)

2-cred DAN technique

DAN 117 Comp I


2-cred DAN technique




DAN 360 Dance History

DAN 317 Comp III

MUS 142

2-cred DAN technique


Sr. Project II (spring)

THTR 101 Intro to Acting

2-cred DAN technique