Skip Navigation
*To search for student contact information, login to FlashLine and choose the "Directory" icon in the FlashLine masthead (blue bar).

College
College of the Arts
Department
School of Theatre and Dance

Dance Division
D-101 Kent State University's Center for the Performing Arts
E-mail: dance@kent.edu
Tel: 330-672-2069
Fax: 330-672-2889
Web: http://www.dance.kent.edu

Theatre Division
B141 Kent State University's Center for the Performing Arts
Tel: 330-672-2082
E-mail: theatre@kent.edu
Web: www.theatre.kent.edu

 

Description

The Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance offers concentrations in dance education and dance performance.

Dance Education focuses on developing dancers who have a clear understanding of both dance as an art form and dance as creative arts education. The degree has a multi-age focus and is designed for students interested in receiving an Ohio certificate for teaching dance in the public schools. The dance education concentration prepares students to apply for teacher licensure in grades pre-K–12.  

Dance Performance develops technically sound, intellectually diverse and creatively expressive dance artists and educators who can contribute significantly to the art form and society. The curriculum provides students with opportunities for strong and varied technical preparation in modern dance forms, classical ballet, jazz styles, improvisation and composition as well as opportunities for performance and the presentation of original choreography.  The program also provides students with experiences in other art forms and disciplines, with required courses in acting, music and anatomy.
 

Career Opportunities

Professional dancers and choreographers held about 29,200 jobs in 2008. Many others were between engagements; as a result, the total number of people available for work as dancers over the course of the year was greater. Dancers and choreographers worked in a variety of industries, such as public and private educational services, which includes dance studios and schools, as well as colleges and universities; performing arts companies, which include dance, theater, and opera companies; and amusement and recreation venues, such as casinos and theme parks. About 14 percent of dancers and choreographers were self-employed.

Most major cities serve as home to major dance companies; however, many smaller communities across the Nation also support home-grown, full-time professional dance companies.
(Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics)

Related areas of employment include fitness facilities and therapeutic modalities such as dance science and medicine, physical and occupational therapy, dance therapy, massage therapy.  Concert dance  performance supports careers in theatre: stage management, designing for costumes, lights, sets and sound, and in arts administration.
 

Admission Requirements

Freshman Students: Students must audition before being admitted to the dance program. Inquiries can be directed to the Dance Division Director, D-101C Music and Speech,Kent State University, P.O.Box 5190, Kent, OH 44242-0001 (or call 330-672-2069).

Dance Education concentration: Minimum 2.50 GPA overall and 2.75 GPA in major are required in this concentration for admission to advanced study, student teaching, licensure and graduation. Please refer to the professional requirements for admission to advanced study. These requirements must be satisfied before taking upper-division professional education coursework.

Transfer Student: In addition to meeting the general transfer admission requirement (2.0 cumulative GPA), students must audition before being admitted to the dance program. Inquiries can be directed to the Dance Division Director, D-101C Music and Speech,Kent State University, P.O.Box 5190, Kent, OH 44242-0001 (or call 330-672-2069).

Graduation Requirements

Minimum 129 total credit hours, minimum 39 upper-division hours. Minimum 2.000 cumulative GPA and a 2.500 GPA in the major. Minimum eight semesters of modern dance, eight semesters of ballet and successful completion of the III-B level in each are required for graduation as a dance performance major. Promotion to the next level is at the discretion of the dance faculty. Students must be enrolled in daily dance technique classes each semester until graduation.

For Dance Education: Minimum 2.500 GPA overall and 2.750 GPA in major are required in this concentration for admission to advanced study, student teaching, licensure and graduation. Please refer to the professional requirements for admission to advanced study. These requirements must be satisfied before taking upper-division professional education coursework. Professional coursework or licensure in another teaching area is recommended. Also, students must have 39 credit hours in upper-division courses to graduate.

Licensure Requirement (not required for graduation):
Candidates seeking Ohio licensure are required to pass specific assessments in order to apply for licensure. See Ohio Department of Education-Educator Preparation website for more information on assessments specific to licensure type. Taking and passing the licensure tests prior to graduation is encouraged but not required.

Program Learning Outcomes

Dance Education:

  1. Demonstrated ability to effectively teach dance to diverse ages and populations of students.
  2. Students will perform in a wide range of dance and theatre works by faculty, guest artists and advanced student peers.  Students will demonstrate an understanding of a diverse range of modern dance styles, including classical modern dance techniques, release techniques and eclectic styles.  Furthermore, students will demonstrate increased skills in technique and expression over the course of their college careers. All majors are required to choreograph in their junior year as part of the Student Dance Festival.  This is a fully produced event and student choreographers are responsible for leading their own rehearsals for the duration of the creation and implementation of their work. 
  3. Students will demonstrate an understanding of dance theory and aesthetics and successfully apply them in both studio and classroom settings. 

Dance Performance:

  1. Students will perform a wide range of dance and theatre works by faculty, guest artists and advanced student peers. Students will demonstrate an understanding of a diverse range of modern dance styles, including classical modern dance techniques, release techniques and eclectic styles.  Furthermore, students will demonstrate increased skills in technique and expression over the course of their college careers.
  2. Students will demonstrate an understanding of dance theory and aesthetics and successfully apply them in both studio and classroom settings. 

 

 

Study Abroad/Away Opportunities

There are many study abroad/away opportunities, for more information contact the Office of Global Education.

Program Fee

$100/semester

Student Organizations

Student Dance Education Organization

 

Advanced Degree Programs

Theatre Studies (M.F.A), Secondary Education: Dance (M.A.T.), Business Administration (M.B.A.)


 

Type Legend: DD Diversity–Domestic; DG Diversity–Global; ELR Experiential Learning; KAD Kent Core Additional; KBS Kent Core Basic Sciences; KCM Kent Core Composition; KFA Kent Core Fine Arts: KHU Kent Core Humanities; KMC Kent Core Mathematics and Critical Reasoning; KSS Kent Core Social Sciences; WIC Writing Intensive

Please read the sections in the University Catalog on Kent Core, diversity, writing-intensive and the experiential learning requirements.

I.
DESTINATION KENT STATE: FIRST YEAR EXPERIENCE  (1 credit)
Type Course Title Credits
  US 10097 Destination Kent State: First Year Experience
1
II. MAJOR PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS (45 credits) Courses count in major GPA 
Type Course Title Credits
  DAN 17050 Introduction to Dance 1
    17051 Modern Dance Technique I-A 3
    17052 Ballet I-A 2
    17053 Principles of Dance Mechanics I 2
    17151 Modern Dance Technique I-B 3
    17152 Ballet I-B 2
    27071 Modern Dance Technique II-A 3
    27072 Ballet II-A 2
    27074 Dance Composition I 3
    27171 Modern Dance Technique II-B 3
    27172 Ballet II-B 2
    27174 Dance Composition II 2
    37053 Principles of Dance Mechanics II 2
    37071 Movement Notation 2
ELR   37192 Dance Practicum 1
    47063 Dance History I 3
    47156 Dance Production 3
WIC   47163 Dance History II* 3
  MUS 11110 Music Fundamentals 3
III. ADDITIONAL PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS (36 credits)  
Type Title Credits
  Kent Core Basic Sciences (must include one laboratory) 6-7
  Kent Core Composition 6-8
  Kent Core Humanities and Fine Arts (minimum one course from each) 9
  Kent Core Mathematics and Critical Reasoning 3-5
  Kent Core Social Sciences (must be from two disciplines) 6
  Kent Core Additional 6
IV. CONCENTRATION REQUIREMENTS (47-48 credits)
  Dance Education (48)
  Performance (47)
MINIMUM TOTAL 129-130


*A minimum C (2.0) grade must be earned with to fulfill the writing-intensive requirement.

 

Dance Education Concentration

For semester-by-semester course sequencing for this program, view the 2013-2014 Roadmap.

 I. CONCENTRATION REQUIREMENTS (30 credits)  Courses count in major GPA
Type Course Title Credits
  DAN 27057 Dance for Children 3
    37058 Methods and Materials of Dance* 3
    47192 Internship in Dance (1) ** 2
ELR   47525 Student Teaching in Dance* 9
  Choose from the following: Dance Elective I 2
  DAN 17007 Studio Tap I (1)  
    17013 Studio African Dance I (1)  
    17016 Studio Swing Dance I (1)  
  PEB 10103 International Folk Dance (1)  
    10403 Beginning Ballroom Dance (1)  
  Choose from the following: Dance Elective II 3
  DAN 27070 Jazz Styles I (2)  
    27170 Jazz Styles II (2)  
    37070 Dance Composition III (2)  
    37170 Dance Composition IV (1)  
  Choose from the following: Dance Elective III 8
  ATTR 25057 Human Anatomy and Physiology I (3)  
  DAN 37067 Ballet III-A (2)  
    37068 Modern Dance Technique III-A (3)  
    37167 Ballet III-B (2)  
    37168 Modern Dance Technique III-B (3)  
    37271 Dance Ensemble (2)  
    47070 Jazz Styles III (2)  
    47170 Jazz Styles IV (2)  
    47196 Individual Investigation in Dance (1-3)  
  PEP 25033 Lifespan Motor Development (3)  
II. ADDITIONAL CONCENTRATION REQUIREMENTS (18 credits)  
Type Title   Credits
  CI 47330 Reading and Writing in Adolescence* 3
  CULT 29535 Education in a Democratic Society* 3
  EPSY 29525 Educational Psychology* 3
  ITEC 19525 Educational Technology* 3
  PEP 49525 Inquiry into Professional Practice in Physical Education* 3
DD SPED 23000 Introduction to Exceptionalities* 3
MINIMUM SUBTOTAL 48

*All courses in the Education Minor must be completed with a minimum C (2.000) grade.

** Course is repeated for a total of 2 credit hours.

Special Major Notes:
Students who pass 15 credits of non-remedial academic coursework each fall and spring semester and the 1-credit First Year Experience course will accumulate 121 credits in four years. This major requires 130 credits for graduation. Students can stay on track for graduation by:

  • Declaring their major as freshmen and completing all courses in sequence (bear in mind that switching majors may cause a delay in graduation);
  • Prioritizing required courses above electives;
  • Meeting regularly with their academic advisors to stay on track;
  • Passing each required course the first time attempted and maintaining the minimal GPA for the major;
  • Successfully completing more than 15 credit hours of relevant coursework (field-based work, internship) during academic semesters; and/or
  • Completing relevant coursework (field-based work, internship) during summer sessions.

Two supervised placements are required—one in pre-kindergarten, elementary or early-middle school, and one in late-middle or high school or adult settings. Duration of placement is equal in most cases. If this is not possible, slightly longer placement (one to two weeks) is in the area of student teacher’s greatest need.

Minimum 2.500 GPA overall and 2.750 GPA in major are required in this concentration for admission to advanced study, student teaching, licensure and graduation. Please refer to the professional requirements for admission to advanced study. These requirements must be satisfied before taking upper-division professional education coursework.

Special Notice: In order to enroll in upper-division professional education coursework, students seeking licensure must be admitted to the education minor in the College of Education, Health, and Human Services. Refer to the College of Education, Health, and Human Services section in this Catalog for specific information about this process

 

Licensure Requirement (not required for graduation):
Candidates seeking Ohio licensure are required to pass specific assessments in order to apply for licensure. See Ohio Department of Education-Educator Preparation website for more information on assessments specific to licensure type. Taking and passing the licensure tests prior to graduation is encouraged but not required.

 

Performance Concentration

For semester-by-semester course sequencing for this program, view the 2013-2014 Roadmap.

 I. CONCENTRATION REQUIREMENTS (47 credits)  Courses count in major GPA
Type Course Title Credits
  ATTR 25057 Human Anatomy and Physiology I 3
  DAN 27070 Jazz Styles I 2
    27170 Jazz Styles II 2
    37067 Ballet III-A 2
    37068 Modern Dance Technique III-A 3
    37070 Dance Composition III 2
    37167 Ballet III-B 2
    37168 Modern Dance Technique III-B 3
    37170 Dance Composition IV 1
ELR   37192 Dance Practicum* 1
    47060 Professional Aspects in Dance 2
    47070 Jazz Styles III 2
    47170 Jazz Styles IV 2
    47174 Senior Choreography Project 1
    3/4xxxx Dance Additional Technique 10
    Dance or Theatre Elective ** (minimum of 4 credit hours must be upper-division) 6
  THEA 11303 The Art of Acting 3
MINIMUM SUBTOTAL 47

* Course is repeated for a total of 2 credit hours.
** Minimum eight semesters of modern dance, eight semesters of ballet and successful completion of the III-B level in each are required for graduation as a dance performance major. Promotion to the next level is at the discretion of the dance faculty. Students must be enrolled in daily dance technique classes each semester until graduation.

Special Major Notes:

Students who pass 15 credits of non-remedial academic coursework each fall and spring semester and the 1-credit First Year Experience course will accumulate 121 credits in four years. This major requires 129 credits for graduation. Students can stay on track for graduation by:

  • Declaring their major as freshmen and completing all courses in sequence (bear in mind that switching majors may cause a delay in graduation);
  • Prioritizing required courses above electives;
  • Meeting regularly with their academic advisors to stay on track;
  • Passing each required course the first time attempted and maintaining the minimal GPA for the major;
  • Successfully completing more than 15 credit hours of relevant coursework (field-based work, internship) during academic semesters; and/or
  • Completing relevant coursework (field-based work, internship) during summer sessions.