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Dance Majors

Lower Division Curriculum for the Bachelor of Arts in Dance

The College of Communication and Fine Arts offers a major leading to the Bachelor of Arts in Dance in the following tracks:
  • General Track
  • Performance Track
Lower Division Major Requirements
Students in both Dance tracks are required to complete foundation courses in Dance and Dance Technique.  Students in the Performance track are required to take additional technique and performance courses.

Foundation Courses
Students take the following courses:
LMU COURSE SANTA MONICA COLLEGE COURSE
DANC 100: Orientation to Dance No course equivalency
DANC 101: Principles of Movement No course equivalency
DANC 160: Fundamentals of Composition I DANCE 60: Fundamentals of Choreography I
+
DANCE 61: Fundamentals of Choreography II
(both courses are required)
DANC 161: Fundamentals of Composition II DANCE 62: Fundamentals of Choreography III
+
DANCE 63: Fundamentals of Choreography IV
(both courses are required)
DANC 183: Stagecraft No course equivalency
DANC 260: Laban Movement Analysis No course equivalency
DANC 262: Dance Styles and Forms No course equivalency
DANC 281: History of Dance Theatre DANCE 5: Dance History




Dance Technique Requirements common to both tracks

Modern Dance requirement
Students in the General Track take Modern Dance for at least 4 semesters (for at least a total of four semester hours) at their level of proficiency.
Students in the Performance Track take Modern Dance for at least one semester hour for 4 semesters.
LMU COURSE SANTA MONICA COLLEGE COURSE
DANC 102: Modern Dance I DANCE 41: Contemporary Modern Dance I
AND/OR AND/OR
DANC 202: Modern Dance II DANCE 42: Contemporary Modern Dance II




Ballet requirement
Students in the General Track take Ballet for at least 4 semesters (for at least a total of four semester hours) at their level of proficiency.
Students in the Performance Track take Ballet for at least one semester hour for 4 semesters.
LMU COURSE SANTA MONICA COLLEGE COURSE
DANC 120: Ballet I DANCE 31: Ballet I
AND/OR AND/OR
DANC 220: Ballet II DANCE 32: Ballet II




World Dance requirement
LMU COURSE SANTA MONICA COLLEGE COURSE
General Track: students take 1 semester of World Dance chosen from the following list: DANCE 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 27, 29
KINE PE 58A, 58B, 58C
Performance Track: students take 2 semesters of World Dance chosen from the following list: DANCE 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 27, 29




Dance Technique Requirements specific to the Performance Track

Jazz Dance requirement
Students take Jazz Dance for at least 2 semesters at their level of proficiency:
LMU COURSE SANTA MONICA COLLEGE COURSE
DANC 142: Jazz Dance I DANCE 14: Beginning Modern Jazz
AND/OR AND/OR
DANC 242: Jazz Dance II DANCE 15: Intermediate Modern Jazz




Pilates/Yoga requirement
Students take two semesters of pilates or yoga:
LMU COURSE SANTA MONICA COLLEGE COURSE
Pilates/Yoga requirement: students choose from the following list: KINE PE 58A, 58B, 58C