Dance is part of a liberal arts curriculum and provides students a foundation for future advanced work in dance pedagogy, performance, choreography, dance science, dance studies, or other movement-related fields. Faculty work closely with students to guide them on the educational track that best serves their career goals. Information about the dance major's creative studies and dance studies options, dance minor, dance endorsement, and Master of Fine Arts degree in dance can be found at dance.washington.edu
256 Meany, Box 351150
The Dance Program offers the following programs of study:
- The Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in dance, with options in either creative or dance studies.
- A minor in dance.
- OSPI approved Dance Endorsement
Bachelor of Arts
Program Admission Requirements
Applicants who meet the following requirements are accepted during autumn, winter, and spring quarters on a rolling basis.
- Minimum 2.00 cumulative GPA.
- Interview with Dance Program adviser to assess applicant's dance background, goals and interests, time to degree, and preparation for the major to ensure proper placement in dance coursework.
- Dance Studies Option: Admission is competitive and is based on the applicant’s capacity to engage in rigorous and independent research and writing with faculty supervision. Applicants complete DANCE 250, submit a Dance Studies application, and submit a writing portfolio of DANCE 250 course assignments.
- Creative Studies Option: Either DANCE 250 or DANCE 251. Applicants must also be currently enrolled in a UW dance technique course (ballet or modern) so faculty can determine demonstration of minimum level of dance skill required to ensure the timely completion of requirements, and to evaluate appropriate level for further dance study.
Minimum 57-67 credits in dance as follows:
- Core Curriculum (20-25 credits)
- Gateway Course (5 credits): DANCE 250 or DANCE 251. (Students enrolled in the dance studies option must take DANCE 250 as their gateway course.)
- Dance History (5 credits): DANCE 344 or DANCE 345.
- Cross Cultural Studies (0-5 credits): One of DANCE 234, DANCE 250, DANCE 336, DANCE 350, or DANCE 420. (If DANCE 250 is taken as the gateway course, the cross-cultural requirement is satisfied and no other course from the cross-cultural list is required, except for students enrolled in the Dance Studies option, who take DANCE 350 or DANCE 420 in addition to DANCE 250).
- Technique (10 credits): From approved dance technique courses. See adviser for list of approved technique courses for each option. This requirement may be waived for students pursuing the dance studies option who have professional dance experience or those with a focus on dance form(s) not offered in the dance program curriculum. If the requirement is waived, students need to complete an additional 10 credits of approved electives.
- Creative Studies Option (47 credits)
- Required Courses (minimum 26 credits): DANCE 166, DANCE 242, DANCE 266, DANCE 270 (at least 1 credit), DANCE 271 (at least 1 credit), DANCE 480, DANCE 493, DANCE 494.
- Dance Electives: At least 3 credits from DANCE 234, DANCE 235, DANCE 251, DANCE 290, DANCE 336, DANCE 350, DANCE 366, DANCE 371, DANCE 420, DANCE 450, DANCE 490, DANCE 499.
- Technique: 18 credits from the following (12 credits minimum at the 300 level or above; 6 credits minimum in both ballet and modern dance; a maximum of 6 credits in the alternative movement studies series can be counted toward major technique requirements): DANCE 104, DANCE 105, DANCE 106, DANCE 107, DANCE 108, DANCE 109, DANCE 110, DANCE 111, DANCE 112, DANCE 201, DANCE 202, DANCE 203, DANCE 204, DANCE 205, DANCE 206, DANCE 210, DANCE 211, DANCE 212, DANCE 230, DANCE 231, DANCE 232, DANCE 233, DANCE 236, DANCE 237, DANCE 238, DANCE 239, DANCE 241, DANCE 301, DANCE 302, DANCE 303, DANCE 304, DANCE 305, DANCE 306, DANCE 310, DANCE 311, DANCE 312, DANCE 401, DANCE 402, DANCE 403, DANCE 404, DANCE 405, DANCE 406.
- Dance Studies Option (37 credits)
- Required Courses (9 credits): DANCE 350 or DANCE 420, DANCE 415,and DANCE 416.
- Dance Electives (minimum 17 credits): At least 17 credits from the following: DANCE 166, DANCE 234, DANCE 235, DANCE 242, DANCE 251, DANCE 266, DANCE 270, DANCE 271, DANCE 290, DANCE 336, DANCE 344 (if not taken as part of core curriculum), DANCE 345 (if not taken as part of core curriculum), DANCE 350, DANCE 366, DANCE 414, DANCE 420, DANCE 450, DANCE 480, DANCE 490, DANCE 493, DANCE 494, and DANCE 499.
- Approved Electives (minimum 11 credits): Approved elective courses based on individual interests and decided in conjunction with Dance Program adviser and faculty.
Minor Requirements: Minimum 25 credits to include 10 credits from DANCE 100, DANCE 101, DANCE 166, DANCE 234, DANCE 235, DANCE 242, DANCE 250, DANCE 251, DANCE 270 (max. 3), DANCE 271 (max. 3), DANCE 290, DANCE 336, DANCE 344, DANCE 345, DANCE 350, DANCE 410, DANCE 414, DANCE 420, DANCE 490, DANCE 493, DANCE 494 DANCE 499; and 15 credits from DANCE 102, DANCE 103, DANCE 104, DANCE 105, DANCE 106, DANCE 107, DANCE 108, DANCE 109, DANCE 110, DANCE 111, DANCE 112, DANCE 201, DANCE 202, DANCE 203, DANCE 204, DANCE 205, DANCE 206, DANCE 210, DANCE 211, DANCE 212, DANCE 230, DANCE 231, DANCE 232, DANCE 233, DANCE 236, DANCE 237, DANCE 238, DANCE 239, DANCE 241, DANCE 301, DANCE 302, DANCE 303, DANCE 304, DANCE 305, DANCE 306, DANCE 310, DANCE 311, DANCE 312, DANCE 324, DANCE 401, DANCE 402, DANCE 403, DANCE 404, DANCE 405, DANCE 406.
Student Outcomes and Opportunities
- Learning Objectives and Expected Outcomes: The Dance Program curriculum provides a balance between academic rigor and artistic development and serves as a basis for a broad range of career choices in dance related and other fields demanding strong communication skills, creativity, commitment, and the ability to work collaboratively and independently. Majors are encouraged to supplement their dance studies with coursework in other disciplines that provide a foundation for later specialization in dance ethnology, dance history and criticism, performance art, education, movement therapy, or movement science.
- Instructional and Research Facilities: Three spacious and well-equipped dance studios in Meany Hall. A video and sound editing facility. Use of Meany Hall and the Meany Studio Theatre for Dance Program performances.
- Honors Options Available: With College Honors (Completion of Honors Core Curriculum and Departmental Honors); With Honors (Completion of Departmental Honors requirements in the major). See adviser for requirements.
- Dance Endorsement: dance.washington.edu/dance-program-endorsement.
- Department Scholarships: See adviser.
- Research, Internships, and Service Learning: See adviser.
- Student Organizations/Associations: Dance Student Association
Graduate Program Coordinator
255 Meany, Box 351150
The UW Dance Program offers graduate study leading to a Master of Fine Arts degree that prepares dance artists (who have had a minimum of eight years professional performance experience) for careers in higher education. The full two-year program begins mid June and includes summer quarter study. MFA candidates are supported in the development of a scholarly dimension to their creative work in dance. MFA candidates receive a tuition waiver and earn a monthly stipend in exchange for working as a teaching assistant in the Dance Program. For more extensive information visit: dance.washington.edu/graduate-programs
Master of Fine Arts
- A letter of interest, resume, and writing sample
- An undergraduate degree from an accredited institution
- Minimum eight years of professional performing experience
- Ability to demonstrate movement skills at a professional level in at least one idiom, performance or website demonstrating performance range and ability, in person interview for final candidates
- Three letters of reference verifying accomplishments in the professional dance arena and readiness for graduate study in dance
- Neither a foreign language nor the Graduate Record Examination is required.
- Application deadline is October 15. September 15 deadline for foreign applicants.
- Online application procedures available at www.grad.washington.edu/admissions/
Minimum 72 credits, to include:
During the full two-year program, a student is expected to enroll full-time (minimum10 credits/quarter, including 9 credits during summer quarter). A student must complete at least 72 credits in order to earn the degree, 40 of which are in required courses.
- Required Coursework: DANCE 510 (3, 12 total), DANCE 515 (3), DANCE 516 (3), DANCE 520 (3), DANCE 521 (3), DANCE 530 (2, total 4), DANCE 531 (3, total 6), DANCE 595 (3)
- Coursework or Competency: Students must have taken the following courses as an undergraduate, or have mastered their content through practical experience, or complete them during their two years in the program: DANCE 493 (5), DANCE 544 (5), DANCE 545 (5), DANCE 590 (5).
- Coursework of Interest (not required): DANCE 420 (3), DANCE 535 (3), DANCE 536 (3), DANCE 550 (3), PHIL 445 (5) or PHIL 446 (5)
All graduate students receive tuition waivers and teaching assistant stipends.
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