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Degree Plans

The Dance Program at UTPA provides a dynamic and diverse learning environment where students develop as dance artists and educators. The Bachelor of Arts degree in Dance offers students more concentrated study in the areas of technique, performance, and dance education. The Program offers two degree tracks.

B.A. in Dance (Teaching Certification) - This track leads ultimately to teacher certification in Secondary Dance. The Certification Track provides students with a broad preparation in all areas of dance as well as 24 hours of education courses. The courses required of this track are aligned with the state of Texas requirements for teacher certification (TExES). The Certification Track is necessary for students seeking teacher certification in dance, and is also recommended for students who are interested in teaching in the private studio setting.

B.A. in Dance (Performance) - The Performance Track emphasizes training in dance performance and choreographic skills. This track is designed to provide students with a broad and thorough base of dance technique training and performance experience to prepare for continued study at the graduate level or to enter the dance field in a professional capacity.

Dance Minor - A 25 hour program for students majoring in other disciplines

Course Descriptions

DANC 1351 – Introduction to Dance
Introduction to dance as a profession; with activities that prepare the student for dance major course work with an emphasis on dance conditioning/somatic practices.
DANC 2101 - Dance Improvisation
As Scheduled Exploration of dance elements and design through creative problem solving and guided experiences.
DANC 2112 - Dance Perf Beg/Int
Introduction to dance performance participation and techniques.
DANC 2130 - Dance Tech Sp Topics I
Intensive study in dance technique; study with guest artists.
DANC 2303 - Music for Dancers
Introduction to musical elements as they relate to dance technique, performance, and instruction, musical forms, historical periods, and composers. Also, introduction to UTPA Dance Program “Student Learning Outcomes” and Portfolio criteria.
DANC 2241 - Ballet I Primary
As Scheduled Study of fundamentals of ballet technique.
DANC 2245 - Mod Dance I Primary
As Scheduled Study of fundamentals of modern dance technique.
DANC 2249 - Folklorico I Primary
As Scheduled Study of fundamentals of Folklorico dance technique.
DANC 2253 - Flamenco I Primary
As Scheduled Study of fundamentals of Flamenco dance technique.
DANC 2323 - Dance Appreciation
An introduction to theatrical dance, including ballet, modern dance, post- modern dance and Spanish dance. How to understand and enjoy dance, an appreciation and understanding of Western dance performance forms.
DANC 3112 - Dance Perf Int/Adv
Intermediate/advanced dance performance techniques.
DANC 3121 – Dance Science Lab
Fundamentals of physiology, kinesiology, biomechanics, physical conditioning, and injury prevention as they apply to dance techniques and training.
DANC 3130 - Dance Tech Sp Topics II
Intensive study in advanced dance technique; study with guest artists.
DANC 3143 - Ballet Tech:Variations
Focus on ballet repertory, including classical variations and contemporary styles and dance works.
DANC 3144 - Ballet Tech:Pointe II
Instruction in advanced Pointe technique.
DANC 3202 - Choreography I
Investigation of compositional structures, motif, and motif development, space, dynamics, and rhythm as choreographic tools in dance making, leading to production of original dance work for formal/informal presentation.
DANC 3241 - Ballet II
As Scheduled Continuing study of fundamentals of ballet technique.
DANC 3245 - Modern Dance II
As Scheduled Continuing study of fundamentals of modern dance technique.
DANC 3249 - Folklorico II Primary
As Scheduled Continuing study of fundamentals of Folklorico dance technique.
DANC 3253 - Flamenco II Primary
As Scheduled Continuing study of fundamentals of Flamenco dance technique.
DANC 3308 - Dance History
As Scheduled History of dance as an art form. The examination of the role of dance in early world cultures and the evolution of dance forms through the present, viewed in its cultural and societal contexts.
DANC 3311 - Dance Production
Theory and practice of technical production for dance, including lighting design, costume design and construction, set design, sound and props.
DANC 3312 - Dance Phil and Criticism
Orientation to historical and contemporary dance philosophies; critical analysis of choreography and dance performance.
DANC 3313 - World Dance
Inquiry into dance forms and cultural contexts in diverse world cultures.
DANC 3320 - Dance Science
Fundamentals of physiology, kinesiology, biomechanics, physical conditioning, and injury prevention as they apply to dance techniques and training.
DANC 4102 - Senior Project
The production of senior choreographic work or research project for formal presentation and portfolio completion.
DANC 4202 - Choreography II
Study of space use, group design, and emotional content in dance making, leading to the production of original dance work for formal/informal presentation.
DANC 4241 - Ballet III
As Scheduled Continuing study of ballet technique with a strong emphasis on performing skills and styles.
DANC 4245 - Modern Dance III
 As Scheduled Continuing study of modern dance technique with a strong emphasis on performing skills and styles.
DANC 4249 - Folkloric III Primary
As Scheduled Continuing study of Folkloric dance technique with a strong emphasis on performing skills and styles.
DANC 4253 - Flamenco III Primary
As Scheduled Continuing study of Flamenco dance technique with a strong emphasis on performing skills and styles.
DANC 4309 - Dance Theory
As Scheduled Technical and aesthetic theories and practices related to the training of dancers.
DANC 4313 - Dance in the Pub Schools
Field-based experiences in program planning for dance in secondary schools, including unit instruction, lesson planning, class organization, and materials sources. Laboratory experiences to be arranged.