Major/Minor

The study of dance is perhaps the most unique and all-encompassing pursuit in the fine arts. It involves the total exploration of the self—emotional, intellectual, and kinesthetic.

The program develops students’ awareness and appreciation of movement in all its diverse forms and their ability to communicate through non-verbal expression.

Dance develops insights into a broad range of studies; therefore it plays a viable role in the liberal arts education. Since dance is so multi-faceted, it enhances the student's preparation for a variety of careers.

Current students should meet with a dance faculty advisor prior to declaring a major or minor. Once you have met with a faculty advisor, declare your major or minor online.




Requirements for the Dance and Movement Studies Major

  • Students must complete a minimum of 36 hours within a planned program of dance and movement courses and courses in related disciplines.
  • All courses must be taken for a letter grade.
  • Dance courses with an “R” designation can be taken multiple times for credit. Level I ballet/modern/jazz can be taken up to three times for credit, level II ballet/modern/jazz up to four times, level III ballet/modern/jazz up to six times, and level IV ballet/modern/jazz up to eight times. DANC 127R (World Dance Forms) and DANC 150R (Movement Improvisation) can be taken up to three times for credit. DANC 207R (Emory Dance Company) can be taken up to eight times for credit, DANC 360R (Choreographic Laboratory) up to two times, and independent study courses (DANC 490-level, except for honors) can each be taken up to four times for credit.

Suggested First Year Courses: all technique courses; DANC 207R: Emory Dance Company, DANC 226: Topics in Somatic Practices, DANC 150R: Movement Improvisation (prerequisite for Choreography I), DANC 127R: World Dance Forms

Course Requirements

Required Core Courses (16 hours)

All of the following courses are required:

  • DANC 127R - World Dance Forms (1 hour)
  • DANC 150R - Movement Improvisation (1 hour)
  • DANC 220 - History of Western Concert Dance (4 hours)
  • DANC 240 - Dance Literacy (3 hours)
  • DANC 250 - Choreography I (3 hours)
  • DANC 329 - Contemporary Issues in the Performing Arts (4 hours)

Technique Courses (minimum of 8 hours)

Eight credit hours to be selected from the following courses.

Five modern courses (all above 100 level): DANC 223R, DANC 323R, DANC 423R (2 hours)
Two ballet courses (all above 100 level): DANC 221R, DANC 321R, DANC 421R
One elective technique course in jazz, modern, ballet or world dance (all above 100 level)

Performance Courses (4 hours)

DANC 207R - Emory Dance Company (1-2 hours)
DANC 491R - Special Projects: Performance (1-4 hours)

students in yoga classSomatic Courses (2 hours)

DANC 226 - Topics in Somatic Practices(1-4 hours) Topics may include: core support, yoga, contact improvisation, Pilates. The course can be repeated as long as the topic is different.

Two Electives in Composition, History, Theory and Interdisciplinary Studies (minimum of 6 hours)

The electives portion of the dance major is designed to give students the opportunity to further clarify, specify, and enhance their understanding of dance and its many facets.

Dance Courses
DANC 127R - World Dance Forms (1 hour) Note: The topic must be different than course taken for core requirement.
DANC 230 - Principles of Design (4 hours)
DANC 307R - Emory Dance on Tour (2 hours)
DANC 330 - Dance Pedagogy (3 hours)
DANC 340 - Arts Writing and Criticism (4 hours)*
DANC 350 - Choreography II (5 hours)
DANC 360R - Choreographic Laboratory (2 hours)
DANC 385 - Special Topics in Dance and Movement Studies: (1-4 hours)

*DANC 340 will only satisfy the dance minor elective credit when a dance faculty member facilitates a portion of the course.

Dance Special Projects (1-4 hours)
DANC 491R - Performance
DANC 492R - Technical Production
DANC 493R - Historical/Theoretical Research
DANC 494R - Internship
DANC 495 A, B - Honors Thesis
DANC 496R - Studio/Teaching Assistant
DANC 497R - Choreography
DANC 499R - Dance and Movement Studies

Courses Outside of Dance
MUS 347 - Electronic Music/Midi Technology (3 hours)
REL 334 - Dance and Embodied Knowledge (3 hours)
THEA 120 - Acting: Fundamentals (3 hours)
THEA 130 - Stagecraft (3 hours)
THEA 240 - Arts Administration (3 hours)

Learning Goals for Majors

1. Majors will be able to demonstrate and understand their artistry through the study of technical concepts. Skills addressed are alignment, movement efficiency, embodiment of movement material, range of motion, deepening of core connection, and relationship to music.

2. Majors will be able to invent original vocabulary in order to create choreography using the basic principles of composition. Choreographic skills include abstracting, use of metaphor, phrase development, understanding of form, relationship of sound and movement, and clear expression of intention. Majors will be able to verbally describe their creative process, and to articulate issues and clarifications resulting in the presented movement invention.

3. Majors will be able to demonstrate an understanding of the breadth of rehearsal and performance processes including the following skills:  an in–depth investigation of movement concepts or ideas, the embodiment of material, clarity of intention of movement, movement dynamics, collaborative modes of choreography, and interpersonal relationships inherent in the studio and performance environment.

4. Majors will be able to respond analytically to the culture, dimensions, context, recurring patterns, history, and current issues of dance.

  • Students must complete a minimum of 19 hours within a planned program of dance and movement studies courses. All courses must be taken for a letter grade.
  • Dance courses with an “R” designation can be taken multiple times for credit. Level I ballet/modern/jazz can be taken up to three times for credit, level II ballet/modern/jazz up to four times, level III ballet/modern/jazz up to six times, and level IV ballet/modern/jazz up to eight times. DANC 127R (World Dance Forms) and DANC 150R (Movement Improvisation) can be taken up to three times for credit. DANC 207R (Emory Dance Company) can be taken up to eight times for credit, DANC 360R (Choreographic Laboratory) up to two times, and independent study courses (DANC 490-level, except for honors) can each be taken up to four times for credit.

person dancing on stageCourse Requirements

Required Core Courses (9 hours)

The following four courses are required:

  • DANC 127R - World Dance Forms (1 hour), or DANC 207R, Emory Dance Company (1 hour)
  • DANC 150R - Movement Improvisation (1 hour)
  • DANC 220 - History of Western Concert Dance (4 hours)
  • DANC 250 - Choreography I (3 hours)

Technique Courses (minimum of 6 hours)

Three modern courses: DANC 123R, DANC 223R, DANC 323R, DANC 423R (2 hours)
Two ballet courses: DANC 121R, DANC 221R, DANC 321R, DANC 421R
One elective technique course: jazz, modern, or ballet

Somatics Course (1 hour)

DANC 226 - Topics in Somatic Practices (1-4 hours) Topics may include: core support, yoga, contact improvisation, Pilates. The course can be repeated as long as the topic is different.

One Elective in Composition, History, Analysis, Education, Performance, Arts (minimum of 3 hours)

Dance Courses
DANC 127R - World Dance Forms (1 hour) Note: The topic must be different than course taken for core requirement
DANC 150R - Movement Improv- if taken a second time (1 hour)
DANC 211 - Tango: Argentina's Art Form (3 hours)
DANC 230 - Principles of Design (4 hours)
DANC 240 - Dance Literacy (3 hours)
DANC 329 - Contemporary Issues in the Performing Arts (4 hours)
DANC 330 - Dance Pedagogy (3 hours)
DANC 340 - Arts Writing and Criticism (4 hours)*
DANC 350 - Choreography II (5 hours)
DANC 360R - Choreographic Laboratory (2 hours)
DANC 385 - Special Topics in Dance and Movement Studies (1-4 hours)

*DANC 340 will only satisfy the dance minor elective credit when a dance faculty member facilitates a portion of the course.

Dance Special Projects (1-4 hours)
DANC 491R - Performance
DANC 492R - Technical Production
DANC 493R - Historical/Theoretical Research
DANC 494R - Internship
DANC 496R - Studio/Teaching Assistant
DANC 497R - Choreography
DANC 499R - Dance and Movement Studies

Courses Outside of Dance
REL 334 - Dance and Embodied Knowledge (3 hours)
THEA 120 - Acting: Fundamentals (3 hours)
THEA 130 - Stagecraft (3 hours)
THEA 240 - Arts Administration (3 hours)

We want to make your transition into the Emory Dance and Movement Studies Program as seamless as possible. First, we want you to understand the philosophy of our program.

Our curriculum interweaves both the practical and theoretical to foster creative, intellectual, and communicative skills.Through mind body practices, improvisation, the creation of new work, performance, and interdisciplinary approaches to the arts, we develop skilled and uniquely expressive individuals who move and act with intelligence and sensitivity, think independently, and value original thought and diversity.

We want to empower you to develop your own voice as a mover…to discover movement’s power to heal, educate, and build community.

Secondly, we want to provide you with a practical sequence of courses so that you can discover relationships between these courses over two years.

If you have questions about any of the information below, please contact Emory Dance Program transfer advisor Sally Radell: sradell@emory.edu or 404-727-2835.

DANCE MINOR (minimum of 19 credit hours)

Oxford students CAN complete the dance minor degree in two years provided there are no conflicts with courses needed for their major degree. Several courses in the Oxford curriculum satisfy dance minor degree requirements, and Oxford students are encouraged to take as many as possible before coming to the main campus. This will streamline completion of the dance minor degree. These courses include:

  • PE_OX 138 - Beginning Ballet Technique (1 hour) - equivalent to DANC 121R at Emory College
  • PE_OX 141 - Beginning Modern Technique (1 hour) - equivalent to DANC 123R at Emory College
  • DANC_OX 230 - History of Western Concert Dance (4 hours)
  • DANC_OX 300R - Dance Company (1 hour) - equivalent to DANC 207R at Emory College; may be used only once
  • THEA_OX 120 - Introduction to Acting (4 hours) - will satisfy 3 hour dance minor elective

Dance Minor Overview

View all dance minor requirements by clicking the tab to the left. A few notes:

  • DANC 207R - Emory Dance Company (1-2 hours): You can audition for the Emory Dance Company every semester. You must also be enrolled in a technique class to accept a role.
  • Technique classes are repeatable. They are offered every semester, along with improvisation and world dance forms.
  • You are required to take one 3-4 hour elective course. Tailor that to your personal goals. Contemporary Issues in Dance is usually offered in the fall; Dance Literacy and Choreography II are offered in the spring; Lighting Design, Dance Pedagogy, and Sex, Power and Ballet are rotating courses. There are other options as well, listed in the dance minor requirements tab. The course atlas can be helpful for advance planning.

Dance Minor Course Map

This is an example of a schedule an Oxford student could follow to complete a dance minor in two years. In this sample schedule, which shows the minimum number of courses needed to complete the minor, the student did not complete any dance minor coursework before entering Emory College. Note that students frequently take more dance courses than listed below.

Junior Year

First semester (4 hours)

  • DANC 150R - Movement Improvisation (1 hour)
  • DANC 123R/223R/323R/423R - Modern Technique course (1 hour)
  • DANC 121R/221R/321R/421R - Ballet Technique course (1 hour)
  • DANC 226 - Topics in Somatic Practices (1 hour)

Second Semester (6 hours)

  • DANC 220 - History of Western Concert Dance (4 hours)
  • DANC 123R/223R/323R/423R - Modern Technique course (1 hour)
  • DANC 121R/221R/321R/421R - Ballet Technique course (1 hour)

Senior Year

First semester (4 hours)

  • DANC 250 - Choreography I (3 hours)
  • DANC 123R/223R/323R/423R - Modern Technique Course (1 hour)

Second semester (5 hours)

  • Dance minor elective course (3 hours)
  • DANC 127R - World Dance Forms (1 hour)
  • Elective technique course - ballet, modern, or jazz (1 hour)

DANCE MAJOR (minimum of 33 credit hours)

It is more difficult for students from Oxford to complete the dance major degree in two years because the eight-hour technique requirement can only be satisfied with intermediate to advanced level technique courses, which are not currently offered at Oxford College. In addition, there is a performance requirement of 4 credit hours. Please click the tab to the left to view the dance major requirements.

Students with extensive technical training may be able to complete the dance major at ECAS if:

1. they graduate Oxford one semester early and take multiple dance courses in the spring of their sophomore year at Emory College.

or

2. they get special permission from Academic Affairs at Oxford, the Emory Dance Program transfer advisor, and the dean of Emory College to take upper-level dance courses at Emory while still attending Oxford College.

Students who pursue this academic pathway should work carefully with advisors at both Oxford College and Emory to map out a schedule of courses. A technique audition in the Dance Program is required to determine the appropriate level.

The following courses at Oxford College can be used to satisfy dance major requirements at ECAS:

  • DANC_OX 230 - History of Western Concert Dance (4 hours)
  • DANC_OX 300R - Dance Company (1 hour) - equivalent to DANC 207R at Emory; may be used only once
  • THEA_OX 120 - Introduction to Acting (will satisfy 3 hours of the 6 hours of required dance major elective credits)