Major in Dance (course)
Prerequisites for the Major
These prerequisites are strongly recommended for first-year students and must be completed before the junior year. If a student has not completed all of these prerequisites at the time of an application for a major, but has done good work in one or more courses in the program, the student may be accepted on a provisional basis.
1. Dance 001, 003 or 004
2. Dance 011. Dance Lab I: Making Dance
3. One dance technique class (in any style) for academic credit
Prerequisite credits for majors: 2.5
The program offers three possible areas of focus for majors; composition, history/theory, or an individual focus. Requirements for each focus are as follows:
Dance 008. Anatomy: Bones, Muscles, and Movement
Dance 012. Dance Lab II: Making Dance
Dance 013. Dance Composition Tutorial
Dance 022, 023, or 025A - one course
Dance 036, 037, 038, or 075, 077b. or 079 - one course
Dance 049 (any section), 071, 078, one Western and one non-Western course
Dance 050, 051, 053, 060, or 061 - one or two courses
*Dance 94 or 95 - one course
Total credits in focus: 6.5-7.5
Dance 022, 023, or 025A - two courses
Dance 036, 037, 038, or 075, 077b. or 079 - two courses
Dance technique and repertory courses - one Western and one non-Western course
*Dance 94/95 - one course
Total credits in focus: 6.5-7
Individually created focus - See Special Major
Total prerequisites and credits required for majors: 9.0-10.0
*The senior project/thesis is required of all majors.
*The dance faculty encourages students to pursue a senior project/thesis that incorporates a comparison or integration of dance and some other creative or performing art (creative writing, music, theater, or visual art), with a community-based learning component, or with another academic discipline of the student's interest.
Additional Requirements for the Major
Regular participation in technique classes throughout a student's time at Swarthmore and participation in repertory courses for at least four semesters. Students may choose any style of repertory experience as long as they adhere to the distribution guidelines to participate in both Western and non-Western styles. They are also encouraged to seek out service-learning/ community-based learning experiences that incorporate dance. These may substitute for repertory experiences.
Colloquia and/or individualized meetings with guest artists and lecturers will also be held during the student's senior year. These meetings will address current issues and debates in dance theory and practice as well as individual student interests.