School of Dance
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Office of the Registrar
School of Dance Office
Donna Faye Burchfield, Director
Eric Thomas, Assistant to the Director
Curriculum for first year students is carefully planned, ensuring a solid foundation before advancing into the remainder of your coursework.
You will learn the foundations of dance in your freshman and sophomore years through studio practice courses that weave both contemporary and traditional forms of training across the disciplines of ballet, modern, and jazz with a focus on choreography, improvisation, language of dance, and theory.
All first year students will choose a section of UACC 101 (Creative Practices) from the University Common Curriculum.
Students are placed into one of the following First Year Writing (FYW) courses: FYWT 009, FYWT 100, FYWT 111. The specific section (day and time) is your choice.
Your FYW placement is based on standardized test scores and is included in the "First Year Students - Registration is Now Open" email from the Office of the Registrar.
**Please note there are many sections of FYWT 111. Be sure to advance the arrows to compare all sections!
In addition to the above selections, the following are additional courses taken by first year students:
Some first year students will be registered for DACR*150, a 3 credit course exploring the ever-expanding field of contemporary art to include dance and performance through the lens of practice. Students will learn to look for and recognize shared aesthetic values and relationship within and across varying disciplines. If this course is not on your schedule for the fall, you will take it in the spring semester and add an elective during orientation.
Half of new Dance students will be registered for this 1.5 credit course with an emphasis on hand-on media projects that push and pull at the boundaries of how dances get made, where dances happen, and (even) why dance matters in today’s society. Those who are not scheduled for this course in the fall will enroll in the spring semester.
During Orientation, students will meet with an advisor in the School of Dance and have the opportunity to register for optional electives. Those who are not registered for DACR*150 and DACR*161 will be able to add more electives in their place.