The Department of Kinesiology is pleased to once again offer a Bachelor of Science in Dance. The major itself is 70 credits, and the curriculum includes dance technique, repertory, improvisation, composition, pedagogy, history, music, production, movement analysis, injury prevention, and Pilates certification. In addition, students take a strong science core, and complete requirements in arts and humanities.
The program is supported by three full-time faculty and six adjuncts within the Department of Kinesiology; professors from the Department of African American and African Diaspora Studies, the Department of Theatre and Drama, and the School of Music also teach in the major. Additionally, one or more guest artists of national and international reputation work with students each year, setting choreography and teaching in the curriculum.
Although the program is based in modern dance, students also study ballet and jazz, and can elect to study musical theatre, tap, and ethnic dance forms. Students have technique classes and repertory rehearsals daily, as well as work with their own creative forms several days a week.
All majors are performing members of the Indiana University Dance Theatre, and perform in the faculty/guest artist concert as well as dance in student works. Seniors produce a concert each fall. Students can find other performing opportunities with the opera, musical theatre program, the African American Dance Company, and Bloomington’s local modern dance company, Windfall Dancers. Dance majors also have opportunities to perform nationally and internationally at various festivals and conferences.
The Department of Kinesiology also offers several minors which nicely compliment the dance major, such as Fitness Specialist, Sports Marketing and Management, and students can also pursue a pre-physical therapy track. Minors in Business, or the Liberal Arts Management Program offered by the College of Arts and Sciences also may be of interest.
The dance major is a program rich in artistic integrity and disciplined dance training, but also provides a strong academic and theoretical core which is essential to producing wholly integrated artists and successful dance professionals. An audition is required for acceptance into the Bachelor of Science in Dance offered by the Department of Kinesiology.
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