A New Era in the Arts at FSC

The elegance of pliƩs, pirouettes, and ronds de jambe is coming to Florida Southern.

A national leader in engaged learning, Florida Southern College is pleased to announce the addition of Dance—one of the world’s oldest forms of artistic and spiritual expression—to its already outstanding line-up of performing arts majors. Beginning in 2015, B.A. and B.F.A. options will challenge your body, mind, and imagination and prepare you for success in the world of dance.

Learn to express ideas and emotions through Dance.

Broadway and Opera veteran performer, Raymond McLeod, leads a Master Class.

Personalized Instruction and Master Classes

Our experienced, dedicated faculty, as well as world-class guest artists, will mentor you and help you develop the discipline, self-confidence, and drive for a successful career in dance.

Preparing Body and Mind

As a dance major, you will strengthen your physical skills and explore the history, theory, science, and business of your art. While primary emphasis will be placed on developing impeccable technique through the study of ballet and other dance forms, such as modern and jazz, you will also have the opportunity to take courses in choreography, anatomy, production, and dance history.

Travel-Study Options

Dance majors will have a backstage pass to some of the world’s largest productions through Junior Journey and other opportunities to learn while travelling. FSC students have traveled to New York, London, and Paris to get a firsthand look at what goes into creating a great performance.

Perfect your art by doing what you love.

The Wynee Warden Dance Studio is a brand new state-of-the-art, 4700-square-foot facility.

First-Class Facilities

Dance program students will enjoy learning every day in a brand new state-of-the-art, 4,700-square-foot facility—The Wynee Warden Dance Studio—built specifically for the Dance program. All have been very impressed with the building’s beautiful appearance and special features, including the carefully designed 2,475-square-foot dance studio with elevated ceilings, mirrored walls, built-in barres, and Marley-style sprung floor.

You’ll also have the opportunity to perform in Florida Southern’s Robert A. Davis Performing Arts Center—home to two distinct performance experiences: Branscomb Auditorium, a 2000-seat space with a proscenium stage for large-scale productions, and Buckner Theatre containing a smaller thrust stage for more intimate performances. Florida Southern College is also home to the only theatre-in-the-round designed by the famous architect Frank Lloyd Wright.

Florida Dance Theatre members join the FSC orchestra for a performance at the annual Christmas Gala.

Performance Opportunities From Day One

Abundant opportunities for performance and real-world learning make FSC the ideal place to unleash your creative potential and hone your skills. The annual Festival of Fine Arts not only features performances by our students; it also brings a diverse array of working dance artists, such as the Moscow Ballet, for you to experience, learn from, and perform alongside.

Company in Residence

Florida Dance Theatre, a touring company comprised of dancers from all over the world, serves as the professional dance company in residence at FSC. Through our close collaboration with Florida Dance Theatre, you will gain insight and experience while performing alongside working professionals on all aspects of dance production.

Central Florida Location

Internship possibilities are numerous with six dance companies, the Patel Conservatory, and Disney and Universal Theme parks located within 50 miles of campus.

Start the Conversation
and Contact…

If you are interested in pursuing a FSC Dance Major (B.F.A. and B.A.) or Dance Minor an audition is required.

Register today  

Have questions? Contact:

Erin LaSala
Assistant Professor of Dance
Dance Program Coordinator
elasala@flsouthern.edu

 

 

Program Requirements

The Department of Dance offers a B.F.A. in Dance Performance and Choreography, a B.A. in Dance Studies, and a Dance Minor.

B.F.A. in Dance Performance and Choreography Requirements

A. General Education Requirements 40 hours
B. Major Requirements 77 hours

Eighteen hours from the following courses:

DAN 1613 Ballet Technique I
DAN 2613 Ballet Technique II
DAN 3613 Ballet Technique III
DAN 4613 Ballet Technique IV

Eighteen hours from the following courses:

DAN 1643 Modern Dance Technique I
DAN 2643 Modern Dance Technique II
DAN 3643 Modern Dance Technique III
DAN 4643 Modern Dance Technique IV
(Students must Complete a minimum
of 3 hours at level IV)
DAN 2623 Jazz Dance I
DAN 3623 Jazz Dance II
DAN 1651 Dance Improvisation
DAN 2661 Choreography I
DAN 2662 Choreography II
DAN 3663 Choreography III
DAN 3671 Dance History I
DAN 3672 Dance History II
DAN 3653 Dance Practicum (four repetitions required)
THE 1101-06 Production Practicum (two repetitions required)
DAN 4999 Senior Project
DAN 4990 Senior Seminar

Dance Electives

Three hours from the following courses:

THE 2630 Tap I
THE 2631 Tap II
THE 2632 Tap III
DAN 3615 Ballet Variations
DAN 2651 World Dance
DAN 3691 Dance Ensemble
DAN 2681 Teaching Studio Dance

Additional Requirements:

MUS 1165 Great Works of Music
EXS 2775 Kinesiology
THE 1214 Acting for non-majors
C. Electives 9 hours
D. Total 125 hours

B.A. Dance Studies

A. General Education Requirements 40 hours
B. Major Requirements 52 hours

Twelve hours from the following courses:

DAN 1613 Ballet Technique I
DAN 2613 Ballet Technique II
DAN 3613 Ballet Technique III
DAN 4613 Ballet Technique IV
(Students must complete a minimum
of 3 hours at level III)
 

Twelve hours from the following courses:

DAN 1643 Modern Dance Technique I
DAN 2643 Modern Dance Technique II
DAN 3643 Modern Dance Technique III
DAN 4643 Modern Dance Technique IV
(Students must complete a minimum
of 3 hours at level III)
 
DAN 2623 Jazz Dance I
DAN 3623 Jazz Dance II
DAN 1651 Dance Improvisation
DAN 2661 Choreography I
DAN 2662 Choreography II
DAN 3671 Dance History I
DAN 3672 Dance History II
DAN 3653 Dance Practicum (two repetitions required)
DAN 4999 Senior Project
DAN 4990 Senior Seminar

Additional Requirements:

EXS 2775 Kinesiology

Three hours selected from:

DAN 2613 Ballet Technique II
DAN 3613 Ballet Technique III
DAN 4613 Ballet Technique IV
DAN 2643 Modern Dance Technique II
DAN 3643 Modern Dance Technique III
DAN 4643 Modern Dance Technique IV
C. Bachelor of Arts Degree Requirements 20 hours
E. Electives 12 hours
F. Total 124 hours

Minor in Dance

A minor in Dance Minor requires a 21 hour program designed for students who wish to stay involved in the art of dance, yet wish to pursue a degree program in another field.

Requirements

Six hours selected from:

DAN 1613 Ballet Technique I
DAN 2613 Ballet Technique II
DAN 3613 Ballet Technique III
DAN 4613 Ballet Technique IV

Six hours selected from:

DAN 1643 Modern Dance Technique I
DAN 2643 Modern Dance Technique II
DAN 3643 Modern Dance Technique III
DAN 4643 Modern Dance Technique IV
DAN 1651 Dance Improvisation
DAN 2661 Choreography I

Additional Requirements

Three hours selected from:

DAN 2613 Ballet Technique II
DAN 3613 Ballet Technique II
DAN 4613 Ballet Technique III
DAN 2643 Modern Dance Technique II
DAN 3643 Modern Dance Technique III
DAN 4643 Modern Dance Technique IV

Three hours selected from:

DAN 3623 Jazz Dance I
THE 2630 Tap I
THE 2631 Tap II
THE 2632 Tap III
DAN 3615 Ballet Variations
DAN 2651 World Dance
DAN 3691 Dance Ensemble (repeatable once)
DAN 2681 Teaching Dance
F. Total 21 hours
 

Course Descriptions

Dance

DAN 1613 BALLET TECHNIQUE I
Three hours. Prerequisites: Dance major or minor and audition placement. This course introduces individual students to their own movement potential through technical training and movement exploration. Knowledge of classical ballet technique and class structure is developed through barre and center exercises, studying terminology and concepts, and attending live performances. This is a low intermediate course in ballet for dance majors and minors and may be repeated once for credit.

DAN 2613 BALLET TECHNIQUE II
Three hours. Prerequisites: DAN 1613 Ballet Technique I and permission of the instructor or audition placement. This is an high-intermediate course in ballet for dance majors and minors that continues to develop individual movement potential through technical training (in slippers and en pointe) and movement exploration. Knowledge of classical ballet technique and class structure is expanded upon through barre and center exercises, studying correct notation through terminology, and attending live performances. This course may be repeated once for credit.

DAN 3613 BALLET TECHNIQUE III
Three hours. Prerequisites: DAN 2613 Ballet Technique II and permission of the instructor. This is an advanced course in ballet for dance majors and minors that expands individual movement potential through technical training and movement exploration with the focus on pointe work. Knowledge of classical ballet technique and class structure is expanded upon through barre and center exercises, artistry and performance qualities, and attending live performances. This class may be repeated once for credit.

DAN 4613 BALLET TECHNIQUE IV
Three hours. Prerequisites: DAN 3613 Ballet Technique III and permission of the instructor. This is an advanced/professional level course in ballet for dance majors and minors that refines individual movement potential through technical training and movement exploration with the focus on pointe work. Knowledge of classical ballet technique and class structure is challenged and expanded upon through barre and center exercises, artistry and performance qualities, and attending live performances. This class may be repeated once for credit.

DAN 1643 MODERN DANCE TECHNIQUE I
Three hours. Prerequisites: Dance major or minor and audition placement. This is a beginning/intermediate course in modern dance for dance majors and minors that introduces individual students to their own movement potential through technical training and movement exploration. Theoretical knowledge of dance as an expressive art form is gained through lecture/discussion based on class work, required readings, written assignments, and/or attendance at dance concerts. This class may be repeated once for credit.

DAN 2643 MODERN DANCE TECHNIQUE II
Three hours. Prerequisites: Dance major or minor and successful completion of DAN 1643 Modern I or audition placement. This is an intermediate level course in modern dance that continues to develop theoretical and practical understanding of modern dance techniques and emphasizes complex movement phrasing. Theoretical knowledge of dance as an expressive art form is gained through lecture/discussion based on class work, required readings, written assignments, and/or attendance at dance concerts. This class may be repeated once for credit.

DAN 3643 MODERN DANCE TECHNIQUE III
Three hours. Prerequisites: Dance major or minor and successful completion of DAN 2643 Modern II and/or instructor permission. This is an advanced level course in modern dance continues to develop theoretical and practical understanding of modern dance techniques, movement styles, and performance, as well as build knowledge of modern dance reparatory. This class may be repeated once for credit.

DAN 4643 MODERN DANCE TECHNIQUE IV
Three hours. Prerequisites: Dance major or minor and successful completion of DAN 3643 Modern III and/or instructor permission. This is an advanced/professional level course in modern dance that focuses on challenging phrasing, concepts, and use of movement quality, as well as continuing to develop a broad knowledge of modern dance reparatory. This class may be repeated once for credit.

DAN 2623 JAZZ I
Two hours. Prerequisite: Dance major or minor. This is an intermediate course in jazz dance for dance majors and minors that introduces individual students to their own movement potential through technical training and movement exploration. Theoretical knowledge of dance as an expressive art form is gained through lecture/discussion based on class work, required readings, written assignments, and/or attendance at live jazz music performances.

DAN 3623 JAZZ II
Two hours. Prerequisite: Dance major or minor and successful completion of DAN 2623 Jazz I. This is a high intermediate/advanced course in jazz dance for dance majors and minors that continues technical training and movement exploration and examines individual stylistic choices. Theoretical knowledge of dance as an expressive art form is gained through lecture/discussion based on class work, required readings, written assignments, and/or attendance at live jazz music performances.

DAN 2661 CHOREOGRAPHY I
Two hours. Prerequisites: Dance major or minor. This is an introductory course to dance choreography/compositional methods. The fundamentals of movement creation will be examined and universal methods choreographic structure will be explored. Focus is placed on discovering inventive movement, creating a personal style of expression, and development of aesthetic judgment.

DAN 2662 CHOREOGRAPHY II
Three hours. Prerequisites: Dance major or minor and successful completion of DAN 2661 Choreography I. This course is a study of choreography for a group of dancers focusing on the use of design in space to create dances. It includes collaborative choreography methods and teaching choreography to fellow course participants.

DAN 3663 CHOREOGRAPHY III
Three hours. Prerequisites: DAN 2661 Choreography I and DAN 2662 Choreography II. This course is a collaborative workshop environment in which class participants work with student choreographers in the creation of dances of significant form and content. The course will conclude with an informal, student produced concert showcasing the works created throughout the semester.

DAN 3671 DANCE HISTORY I COURSE DESCRIPTION
Three hours. Prerequisites: Dance major or minor, and successful completion of coursework that satisfies Effective Communication SLOs A and B. This course is a general historical study of dance from antiquity to 1900. Students will learn about the ritual and religious origins of dance from world cultures and explore the aesthetic changes that occurred from an anthropological perspective. The impact of social and political attitudes towards dance up until the creation of formalized ballet will also be discussed and explored.

DAN 3672 DANCE HISTORY II
Three hours. Prerequisites: DAN 3671 Dance History I or permission of the instructor, and successful completion of coursework that satisfies Effective Communication SLOs A and B. This course is a general historical study of dance and its development from 1900 to the present. The course emphasizes the development of Western theatrical dance forms, but includes some Non-Western dance forms that contributed to the evolution of American concert and theatrical dance.

DAN 3653 DANCE PRACTICUM
Half-hour. Prerequisite: Dance major or minor and special approval. This course includes practical experience in curriculum dance activities under faculty supervision. Students will participate in rehearsals in preparation for performance. This course may be repeated for up to 2 credit hours.

DAN 2651 WORLD DANCE
Two hours. Prerequisites: Dance major or minor. Students will be acquainted with basic elements of a specific world dance form appropriate to the specialization of the instructor. Basic movements, general historical content and anthropological perspectives will all be examined and used to better understand the culture being studied.

DAN 2681 TEACHING STUDIO DANCE
One hour. Prerequisite: Dance major or minor. This course focuses on the theories, content, and methods for teaching dance to students in preschool through adult levels. Philosophical and practical approaches to teaching creative movement, improvisation and ballet, modern, and jazz dance technique will be addressed.

DAN 3615 BALLET VARIATIONS
One hour. Prerequisite: Successful completion of DAN 2613 Ballet II or permission of the instructor. This course provides instruction in various forms of ballet. Students will learn various classical, neoclassical, and contemporary ballet variations that may include pointe technique, character dance, Spanish dance, men’s class, and partnering.

DAN 3653 DANCE PRACTICUM
One-half hour. Prerequisite: Dance major or minor and special approval. This course includes practical experience in curriculum dance activities under faculty supervision. Students will participate in rehearsals in preparation for performance. This course may be repeated for up to 2 credit hours.

DAN 3691 DANCE ENSEMBLE
One hour. Prerequisite: Dance major or minor and special approval. Participation in rehearsal, preparation and performance of public dance concerts in an established dance ensemble. This course may be repeated once for credit.

DAN 4990 SENIOR SEMINAR
One hour. Prerequisite: Dance major with Senior standing. This is the prerequisite to the Senior Project capstone course for the B.F.A. Dance Performance and Choreography degree and B.A. Dance Studies candidate. This course is designed to prepare students for a career in dance post graduation and will cover various topics such as auditioning, electronic portfolios, arts management, concert production, and digital video archival. Student will also begin the preparation for their capstone projects.

DAN 4999 SENIOR PROJECT
Three hours. Prerequisites: Dance major with Senior standing and permission of the dance faculty based on the submission of a project proposal. This is the capstone course for the B.F.A. Dance Performance and Choreography degree and B.A. Dance Studies candidate. This course is designed to provide the student with the opportunity to apply his/her training in a choreographic work or research setting, specific to the student’s needs, interests and career path. Each student will work with a faculty mentor to guide him/her as he/she works independently to realize a self-designed project or performance.

DAN 1651 DANCE IMPROVISATION
One hour. Prerequisites: Dance major or minor and audition placement. This is a beginning/intermediate course focusing on the fundamentals of dance improvisation. Topics, such as, Laban movement qualities, breath work, instinctual movement, and movement inspirations will be discussed and developed into group explorations each class.

DAN 1600 DANCE APPRECIATION
Four hours. Prerequisite: The course will survey the broad, complex and diverse field of dance. It offers a blend of dance performance (recorded and live), discussion, and movement labs. The course is geared towards all those with an interest in the performing arts. While the focus will always be on dance, topics will include dance in relation to theater, music, visual arts, anthropology, sociology and aesthetics. Dance as a global, cultural, religious, political, social, creative and performance phenomenon will be explored.

Exercise Science

EXS 2775 KINESIOLOGY
Four hours. Prerequisite: BIO 2215. This course approaches the study of human movement from a multiple-disciplinary perspective combining the broad tenets of kinesiology with biomechanical principles. The outcome is a scientific and practical understanding of skeletal muscle action and the internal and external forces involved in human motion.

Music

MUS 1165 GREAT WORKS OF MUSIC
Four hours. A comprehensive survey of western music. Gen Ed: FA (In)

Theatre Arts

THE 1214 ACTING FOR NON-MAJORS
Four hours. Not open to Theatre B.F.A. candidates. This course focuses on introducing the non-performer to the concepts, techniques, and theories mastered by performers. Students will explore basic acting techniques and disciplines involved in the art of acting through experiential exercises, improvisations, character analyses, script analyses, monologues and scene study. Students will also attend live theatre events and critique artistic performances. Gen Ed: FA (Ex), Ql

THE 2630 BEGINNING TAP
One hour. Introduction to traditional tap techniques. Students will study tap principles and aesthetics and learn basic tap movement, vocabulary, and skills. Skills include basic one and two sound movements performed at the barre and simple rhythmic combinations. Gen Ed: Well

THE 2631 BEGINNING TAP II
One hour. Prerequisite: THE 2630, equivalent experience, or permission of the instructor. Further practical application of traditional tap techniques. Students will study tap principles and aesthetics and hone basic tap movement, vocabulary, and skills. Skills include basic one and two sound movements performed at the barre, and center, and simple rhythmic combinations. Gen Ed: Well