Department of Dance

Charles W. West, Chair
Wendy Bone, Shawn Fisher, Jennifer O'Farrell
Donna Checketts, Secretary (208) 356-2073 e-mail checkettsd@byui.edu

The Department of Dance offers a minor in Dance. This degree is designed to allow a student to open a dance studio, as well as preparation to be a dance specialist in a church and community setting.

The Mission of The Department of Dance is: 1. To teach students that they will become better dancers through living the restored Gospel of Jesus Christ by enhancing their roles as individuals, Church members, citizens and parents. 2. To teach students how to make moral and value judgments about their choices in quality of movement, music, costume and lighting. 3. To give students a solid technical foundation and provide an opportunity to develop creativity on all levels through performance, production and service opportunities.

To seek things that are "virtuous, lovely or of good report or praiseworthy" and to be consistent with the Lord's mission, to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man.

PROGRAM DESCRIPTIONS

Minor in Dance

Dance minors may choose to emphasize one of the two areas: Modern Dance or Social Dance Teaching. These areas are enhanced with classes in ballet, clog, jazz, tap, square, theory, technique and leadership in dance and music.

There are three dance companies at BYU-Idaho: World and USA Folk Dancers, Ballroom Dance Company and Contemporary Dance Theatre (CDT). These companies present combined concerts in the fall and spring with possible annual tours. Auditions for the dance companies are held the first week of school every fall semester and are open to the entire student body.

Modern Dance Minors must select 16 credits in the core and must take 4 additional credits of dance classes with at least a "B" grade.

Core Classes (16 credits) DANCE 190 Ballet, Beginning DANCE 240R A & B Dance Technique I OR DANCE 241R A & B Dance Technique II DANCE 242 Improvisation and Choreography DANCE 290R Ballet Technique I DANCE 356 Techniques of Teaching Modern Dance Take four credits from any dance class listed in the catalog:

Social Dance Teaching minor must select 8 credits in the core must take 12 additional credits of dance classes with at least a "B" grade.

Core Classes (8 credits) DANCE 190 Ballet, Beginning DANCE 240R A Modern Dance Technique and Theory I DANCE 299R Practicum DANCE 358 Techniques of Teaching Social Dance DANCE 359R Leadership in Music and Dance Take twelve credits from any dance class listed in the catalogue:

*Prerequisites to course listings

Any Class may be substituted by a higher level class.

Dance Minors are strongly encouraged to participate in one of the Dance Performance Companies. (Counts as Dance elective with a maximum of 3 credits).

COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

DANCE 131 Jazz Dance, Beginning (1:2:0)
DANCE 135 Tap Dance (1:2:0)
This is an Accelerated Beginning class for students with experience; or consent of instructor

DANCE 140 Modern Dance, Beginning (1:2:0)
Fundamentals of dance technique and better understanding of self through movement. Includes exploration of elements of dance.

DANCE 170 World Dance, Beginning (1:2:0)
Dances from around the world.

DANCE 171 Clog Dance, Beginning (1:2:0)
Set routines taught as well as basic skills.

DANCE 172 Country Western and Square Dance, Beginning (1:2:0)
Twenty-five basics will be taught.

DANCE 180 Social Dance, Beginning (1:2:0)
For beginners with an emphasis on partner dances in a social setting (waltz, swing, cha cha, foxtrot, polka).

DANCE 181 Country Western Social Dance, Beginning (1:2:0)
Beginning popular country western dance.

DANCE 184R Ballroom Dance, International Style-Standard (1:2:0)
Prerequisite: DANCE 180
Bronze level technical instruction in the following dances: waltz, tango, foxtrot, quickstep, Viennese waltz. Three dances per semester
Optional Bronze medal exam fee $15

DANCE 185R Ballroom Dance,International Style-Latin (1:2:0)
Prerequisite: DANCE 180
Bronze level technical instruction in the following dances: cha cha, rumba, samba, paso doble, jive. Three dances per semester
Optional Bronze medal exam fee $15

DANCE 190 Ballet Beginning (1:2:0)
Introducing the fundamentals of ballet technique including terminology, a brief history and ballet as a foundation for all dance styles.

DANCE 231 Jazz Dance, Intermediate (2:4:0)
Prerequisite: DANCE 131 and 240

DANCE 240R-A DanceTechnique I (2:4.5:0)
This class is for Dance minors or consent of instructor
Fundamental dance techniques emphasizing development in body, motion, space, time and energy awareness.

DANCE 240R-B Dance Technique I (2:4.5:0)
Continuation of DANCE 240A
This class is for Dance minors or consent of instructor
Fundamental dance techniques emphasizing development in body, motion, space, time and energy awareness.

DANCE 241R-A Dance Technique II (1-2:4.5:0)
Prerequisite: DANCE 140, 240A and B, or equivalent
Continuation of DANCE 240A and B
This class is for Dance Majors or consent of instructor
Fundamental dance techniques emphasizing development in body, motion, space, time and energy awareness.

DANCE 241R-B Dance Technique II (1-2:4.5:0)
Prerequisite: DANCE 140, 240A and B, or equivalent
Continuation of DANCE 241B
This class is for Dance Minors consent of instructor
Fundamental dance techniques emphasizing development in body, motion, space, time and energy awareness.

DANCE 242 Improvisation and Choreography (2:4:0)
Prerequisite DANCE 240A and B
A practical course providing students with fundamentals of improvisation and choreography.

DANCE 259 Leadership in Music and Dance (2:2:0)
Prerequisite: DANCE 180 or DANCE 172
This course is designed specifically for those in charge of school, church, or club dances. The purpose of the class is to develop the skills necessary to handle all aspects of a dance.

DANCE 268R Contemporary Dance Team (1-3:4:0)
Prerequisite: by audition only, concurrent 241A or B
Costume Fee: $25

DANCE 270 World Dance, Intermediate (1:2:0)
Prerequisite: DANCE 170
Continuation of DANCE 170, dances from around the world.

DANCE 271 Clog Dance, Intermediate (1:2:0)
Prerequisite: DANCE 171 Buck Step proficiency

DANCE 272 Country Western and Square Dance, Intermediate (1:2:0)
Prerequisite: DANCE 172 or equivalent experience
Mainstream 26-50 square dance basics above the "Basic Plateau."

DANCE 278R Women's Clog Team (1-2:4:0)
Prerequisite: Audition required
Costume fee $25
Participate in local competitions

DANCE 280R Social Dance, Intermediate (1:2:0)
Prerequisite: DANCE 180 or consent of instructor
A course designed to develop skills of social dancing in waltz, cha cha, foxtrot, swing (various styles), mambo, rumba, tango, samba, polka, Viennese waltz, merengue. Five dances each semester

DANCE 284R Ballroom Dance, International Style-Standard (1:2:0)
Prerequisite: DANCE 184 or consent of instructor
Silver level technical instruction in the following dances: waltz, tango, foxtrot, quickstep, Viennese waltz. Three dances per semester
Optional exam fee: $15

DANCE 285R Ballroom Dance, International Style-Latin (1:2:0)
Prerequisite: DANCE 185 or consent of instructor
Silver level technical instruction in the following dances: cha cha, rumba, samba, paso doble, jive. Three dances per semester
Optional exam fee: $15

DANCE 288R Ballroom Dance Team (1-3:3-6:0)
Prerequisite: By audition only
Concurrent with any ballroom class
Costume Fee: $25

DANCE 290 Ballet Technique I (2:4:0)
Prerequisite: Dance minors or consent of instructor
Accelerated beginning ballet class.

DANCE 291 Ballet Technique II (2:4:0)
Prerequisite: DANCE 290
Intermediate level ballet class

DANCE 299R Practicum 1-3
(Not for general enrollment)
Prerequisite: Consent of supervising faculty member
Practical experience teaching and choreographing in a campus setting.

DANCE 356 Techniques of Teaching Modern Dance (3:3:0)
Prerequisite: DANCE 240, DANCE 242 or consent of instructor
A course designed to train a person to teach all forms of dance including elements of creativity, studio management, and children's dance. (W)

DANCE 358 Techniques of Teaching Social Dance (3:3:0)
Prerequisite: DANCE 170, 172, 180 or consent of instructor
A course designed to train a person to teach all forms of Social Dance: Ballroom, World, Square, etc., with an emphasis on Recreational Dancing. (F)

DANCE 378R World Dance Team (1-3:6:0)
Prerequisite: by audition only
Costume Fee: $25

DANCE 468R Contemporary Dance Theater Tour Company (1-3:6:0)
Prerequisite: by audition only, concurrent with DANCE 342R, Tour fee required
Costume Fee: $25

DANCE 478R USA Folk Dance Tour Company 1-3:6:0)
Prerequisite: By audition only, Tour fee required
Costume Fee: $25

DANCE 488R Ballroom Dance Tour Company (1-3:6:0)
Prerequisite: By audition only
Concurrent with any ballroom class, Tour fee required
Costume Fee: $25


Complete General Education listing

Credit Hour Designations/Abbreviations (e.g., 3:3:3)


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