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Major and 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 must 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 in OPUS. 

Requirements for the Dance and Movement Studies Major

These requirements apply to students who declare on or after January 1, 2021. For students who declared prior to 2021, please email dance@emory.edu for the requirements that apply to you.

For complete information, including information about repeatable courses, please download the major guidelines.

  • 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.

Suggested First Year Courses: all technique courses; DANC 207R: Emory Dance Company, DANC 226R: Topics in Somatic Practices, DANC 150R: Movement Improvisation (prerequisite for Choreography I), DANC 212R, 213R, 214R, 215R

Course Requirements

Required Core Courses (16 hours)

All of the following courses are required:

  • DANC 150R - Movement Improvisation (1 hour) or PE_OX 151 - Dance Improvisation (1 hour)
  • Choose one: DANC 212R - Topics in Dance Technique, DANC 213R - African Dance, DANC 214R - Flamenco, DANC 215R - Kuchipudi (all 1 hour)
  • DANC 220 or DANC_OX 220 - History of Western Concert Dance (4 hours)
  • DANC 240 - Dance Literacy (3 hours)
  • DANC 250 - Choreography I (3 hours)
  • DANC/THEA 329 - Art as Work (4 hours)

Technique Courses (minimum of 8 courses) Modern, jazz, and ballet must be above 100 level.

  • Four modern courses: DANC 223R, DANC 323R (2 hours), DANC 423R (2 hours)
  • Two ballet courses: DANC 221R, DANC 321R, DANC 421R
  • Two elective technique courses: jazz, modern, ballet, hip-hop, African Dance, Flamenco, Kuchipudi, or Topics in Dance Technique

Performance Courses (4 hours)

  • DANC 207R - Emory Dance Company (1-2 hours)
  • DANC_OX 300R - Oxford Dance Company (1 hour-may only be used once)
  • DANC 491R - Special Projects: Performance (1-4 hours)

students in yoga classSomatic Courses (2 courses)

  • DANC 226R - Topics in Somatic Practices (1-4 hours) The course can be repeated as long as the topic is different.Topics may include: core support, yoga, contact improvisation, Bartenieff Fundamentals, Pilates.
  • PE 189 - Integrating Mind, Body, Spirit (1 hour)

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/MUS 211 - Tango: Argentina's Art Form (3 hours)
  • DANC 212R, 213R, 214R, or 215R (1 hour)*
  • DANC 226R - Topics in Somatic Practices (1-4 hours)*
  • DANC 228R - Hip-Hop Dance and Identity (3 hours)
  • DANC/THEA 230 - Principles of Design (4 hours)
  • DANC 251 - Lighting Design for Dance (4 hours)
  • DANC 330 - Dance Pedagogy (3 hours)
  • DANC 336/HLTH 369 - Experiential Anatomy (3 hours)
  • DANC 340/W, ENGRD 380/W, THEA 340/W - Arts Writing and Criticism (3-4 hours)
  • DANC 350 - Choreography II (5 hours)
  • DANC 360R - Choreographic Laboratory (2 hours)
  • DANC 385/W - Special Topics in Dance and Movement Studies: (1-4 hours)

*The topic must be different than the course taken for the core requirement.

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/W - 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)
  • PE 189 - Integrating Mind, Body, Spirit (1 hour)
  • THEA 120 or THEA_OX 120 - Acting: Fundamentals (3 hours)
  • THEA 130 - Stagecraft (3 hours)
  • THEA 240 - Arts Administration (3 hours)

Learning Goals for Majors

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Technique

  • Majors will be able to express clearly and confidently through the study of movement concepts, somatic practices, improvisation, and performance.
  • Majors will be able to demonstrate intermediate to advanced technique and dynamic range.

Dance Making

  • Majors will be able to invent personal movement vocabulary to create studies and/or curate relevant movement vocabulary for choreography using basic principles of composition.

Performance

  • Majors will be able to embody and communicate choreographic intention.
  • Majors will be able to contribute fully to a variety of collaborative, choreographic processes, understanding and adapting to relationships inherent in studio and performance environments.

Critical Thinking/Analysis/Research/Writing/Discussion

  • Majors will be able to describe features of their creative process, articulating the intentions of presented movement studies.
  • Majors will be able to respond objectively to movement via Laban Movement Analysis.
  • Majors will be able to draw aesthetic/conceptual connections between choreographers/works, discuss context and meaning, and identify how dance is an expression of culture and identity.

Requirements for the Dance and Movement Studies Minor

These requirements apply to students who declare on or after January 1, 2021. For students who declared prior to 2021, please email dance@emory.edu for the requirements that apply to you.

For complete information, including information about repeatable courses, please download the minor guidelines PDF.

  • 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

person dancing on stage

Suggested First Year Courses: all technique courses; DANC 207R: Emory Dance Company, DANC 226R: Topics in Somatic Practices, DANC 150R: Movement Improvisation (prerequisite for Choreography I), DANC 212R, 213R, 214R, 215R

Course Requirements

Required Core Courses (9 hours)

The following four courses are required:

  • DANC 150R - Movement Improvisation (1 hour) or PE_OX 151 - Dance Improvisation (1 hour)
  • Choose one: DANC 212R, 213R, 214R, 215R (1 hour), or DANC 207R, Emory Dance Company (1 hour) or DANC_OX 300 - Oxford Dance Company (1 hour-may only be used once)
  • DANC 220 or DANC_OX 220 - History of Western Concert Dance (4 hours)
  • DANC 250 - Choreography I (3 hours)

Technique Courses (minimum of 6 courses)

  • Two modern courses: DANC 123R, DANC 223R, DANC 323R (2 hours), DANC 423R (2 hours), or PE_OX 141
  • Two ballet courses: DANC 121R, DANC 221R, DANC 321R, DANC 421R, or PE_OX 138
  • Two elective technique courses: jazz, modern, ballet, hip-hop, African Dance, Flamenco, Kuchipudi, or Topics in Dance Technique

Somatics Course (1 course)

  • DANC 226 - Topics in Somatic Practices (1-4 hours) The course can be repeated as long as the topic is different.Topics may include: core support, yoga, contact improvisation, Bartenieff Fundamentals, Pilates.
  • PE 189 - Integrating Mind, Body, Spirit (1 hour)

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

Dance Courses

  • DANC 150R - Movement Improvisation (1 hour) - if taken for a second time
  • DANC 207R - Emory Dance Company or DANC_OX 300R - Oxford Dance Company (1 hour-may only be used once)
  • DANC/MUS 211 - Tango: Argentina's Art Form (3 hours)
  • DANC 212R, 213R, 214R, or 215R (1 hour)*
  • DANC 226 - Topics in Somatic Practices (1-4 hours)*
  • DANC 228 - Hip-Hop Dance and Identity (3 hours)
  • DANC/THEA 230 - Principles of Design (4 hours)
  • DANC 240 - Dance Literacy (3 hours)
  • DANC 251 - Lighting Design for Dance (4 hours)
  • DANC/THEA 329 - Art as Work (4 hours)
  • DANC 330 - Dance Pedagogy (3 hours)
  • DANC 336/HLTH 369 - Experiential Anatomy (3 hours)
  • DANC 340/W, ENGRD 380/W, THEA 340/W - Arts Writing and Criticism (3-4 hours)
  • DANC 350 - Choreography II (5 hours)
  • DANC 360R - Choreographic Laboratory (2 hours)
  • DANC 385/W - Special Topics in Dance and Movement Studies (1-4 hours)

*The topic must be different than course taken for core requirement

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

  • MUS 347 - Electronic Music/Midi Technology (3 hours)
  • PE 189 - Integrating Mind, Body, Spirit (1 hour)
  • THEA 120 or THEA_OX 120 - Acting: Fundamentals (3 hours)
  • THEA 130 - Stagecraft (3 hours)
  • THEA 240 - Arts Administration (3 hours)

Emory Dance Welcomes Oxford Students from Emory Dance Program.

We want to make your transition into the Emory Dance and Movement Studies Program as seamless as possible. The information below will provide you with a practical sequence of courses so that you can discover relationships between these courses over two years.

Oxford students CAN complete the dance minor in two years provided there are no conflicts with courses needed for their major degree.

If you are an Oxford continue and have questions about any of the information below, please contact Emory Dance Program transfer advisor Sally Radell: sradell@emory.edu or 404-727-2835. She can also assign you a student dance mentor.

DANCE MINOR (minimum of 19 credit hours)

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
  • PE_OX 151 - Dance Improvisation (1 hour) - equivalent to DANC 150R at Emory College
  • DANC_OX 220 - 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 (3 hours) - will satisfy a three 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. 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 (1-2 hours)
  • 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)
  • Elective Technique Course (1 hour)

Second semester (5 hours)

  • Dance minor elective course (3 hours)
  • DANC 207R, Emory Dance Company or DANC 212R, 213R, 214R, 215R (1 hour)
  • Elective technique course (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 at the top to view the dance major requirements.

Students with extensive technical training may be able to complete the dance major 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. Professors in the Dance Program will help students determine the appropriate level.

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

  • DANC_OX 220 - 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)