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Ballet and Modern Dance

Departmental Requirements
Courses of Instruction

(BALT), (MODA)

Available on the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with a major in Ballet and Modern Dance. The department has the following aims:

1. To train students for professional careers in ballet, modern dance, and as teachers and/or choreographers.

2. To offer its facilities and resources to all students interested in ballet and modern dance as avocational activities and as means of personal and cultural development.

3. To develop an awareness of the role of dance in society.

B.F.A. Degree with a Major in Ballet or Modern Dance. Students may major in ballet, modern dance, or a combined major in ballet and modern dance. Students who want to pursue a double major in both Ballet and Modern Dance must have the approval of the faculty. Students who double major will complete 146 hours of coursework. An audition is required for entrance to and placement in the program for all incoming dance students. Contact the Office of Admissions for audition information.

Teacher Certification Program in Dance. This certification qualifies students to teach dance in secondary education (grades 6-12) in Texas. The program targets TCU Ballet and Modern Dance majors, but students with previous dance training who are majoring in other fields may also qualify. An intermediate level proficiency in technique is required for entrance. The program aims to produce qualified dance teachers who are technically proficient and theoretically informed. (See School of Education: Teaching Fields for Secondary Education.)

Departmental Requirements

1. All majors are required to participate in any major production in which they are cast or given a crew assignment. Performance and production experiences are a vital part of a dancer's training, and all dancers qualified to take part in productions will be given the opportunity to do so. Non-departmental performance activities are subject to the chair's approval.

2. Students majoring in ballet and/or modern dance are accepted for a one-year trial period, during which their potential and progress are evaluated by the dance faculty to ascertain the feasibility of their continuing toward a dance degree. With faculty approval, this trial period may be extended for one additional year.

3. In addition to specifically designated course requirements, a minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA in the major is required as a prerequisite to junior and senior level dance courses. Students whose grade point average has fallen below this level may not enroll in junior or senior level courses until the 2.5 average has been achieved. After enrollment in upper division courses a minimum 2.5 GPA must be maintained as a prerequisite to further advanced enrollment.

4. A dance major is expected to maintain an appropriate dance physique for his/her particular skeletal frame and height, and to maintain an appropriate level of health and physical fitness required for full participation in all areas of dance study.

5. Regulation practice clothes will be required of all students. Tights and shoes for classes and performance must be provided by the student.

6. Men are occasionally provided with specific and separate classes that may substitute for their required daily technique class. Placement in these classes will be according to proficiency.

7. Men are required to attend supported adagio when offered during the entire time they are enrolled in the department.

8. The culmination of a dance major's studies will be a project which may take one of several forms: a formal paper, a research project, a professional apprenticeship, or the public presentation of performing or choreographic skills, etc.

Talented beginners and students with technical deficiencies may be required to enroll in extra classes.

It is acceptable for dance majors to have two majors at TCU. Students wishing to pursue a major in ballet or modern dance while simultaneously pursuing a degree in another department should expect to spend more than four years to complete their degree.

Requirements for a Major in Ballet. Required are 130 semester hours consisting of the following courses:

University Curriculum Req. (UCR)
Includes BALT 10053, 40173 and MODA 10241
46
*Ballet Technique 24
Modern Technique 9
Additional Ballet Courses 22
Additional Modern Courses 12
Music 10003 3
Kinesiology 10603/Biology 20204 3/4
Theatre 10603 3
Approved Dance Elective 3
Electives 4/5

*Majors in levels I and II are required to register concurrently for 0.5 credit of pointe each semester.

Suggested Courses for the Freshman Year

FALL

BALT 10101, 10103, 10110, 10322 6.5
MODA 10203, 10241 4
UCR 6
Total 16.5

SPRING

BALT 10120, 10053, 10113 6.5
MODA 10213, 10422 5
UCR 6
Total 17.5

Requirements for a Major in Modern Dance. Required are 130 semester hours consisting of the following courses:

University Curriculum Req. (UCR)
Includes BALT 10053, 40173 and MODA 10241
46
Modern Technique 24
Ballet Technique 9
Additional Modern Courses 18
Additional Ballet Courses 14
Music 10003 3
Kinesiology 10603/Biology 20204 3/4
Theatre 10603 3
Approved Dance Elective 3
Electives 6/7

Suggested Courses for the Freshman Year

FALL

MODA 10203, 10241 4
BALT 10101, 10103, 10322 6
UCR 6
Total 16

SPRING

MODA 10213, 10422 5
BALT 10053, 10113 6
UCR 6
Total 17

The following is a complete list of courses offered by this department. Go to Class Search on Registrar's Page to see which courses are being taught this semester.

Courses of Instruction


Studies in Ballet

10001 MUSIC FOR DANCERS. To be taken concurrently with MUSI 10003, this course provides particular experiences in the aural identification of those elements in music pertinent to the dancer, including rhythm, meter, texture, historical period identification and the recognition of theme and form.

10053 SURVEY OF DANCE. Historical and critical examination of the literature and art of dance designed to develop an understanding and appreciation of the various forms of dance.

10101 CLASSICAL BALLET VOCABULARY. An introduction to the French terminology used in the language of classical ballet.

10103 BALLET TECHNIQUE.

10110 POINTE I. Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment in Ballet technique level I. This course develops the strength, technique and skill specific to pointe work at the beginning level of technique. (Credit: 1/2 s.h.)

10113 BALLET TECHNIQUE.

10120 POINTE II. Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment in Ballet technique level I. Continuation of BALT 10110. (Credit: 1/2 s.h.)

10322 ENSEMBLE AND PERFORMANCE I. Ensemble and performance training for the dancer, including work in groups of two and three and introducing the accompanying partnering skills. Required of all Ballet and Modern majors. Open to others enrolled in technique courses and with permission of instructor.

10333 BALLET TECHNIQUE FOR NON-MAJORS.

10443 BALLET TECHNIQUE FOR NON-MAJORS.

10553 BALLET TECHNIQUE FOR NON-MAJORS.

10663 BALLET TECHNIQUE FOR NON-MAJORS.

20103 BALLET TECHNIQUE.

20110 POINTE III. Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment in Ballet technique level II. This course develops the strength, technique and skill specific to pointe work at the intermediate level of technique. (Credit: 1/2 s.h.)

20113 BALLET TECHNIQUE.

20120 POINTE IV. Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment in Ballet technique level II. Continuation of BALT 20110. (Credit: 1/2 s.h.)

20130 SPECIAL PROBLEMS IN BALLET. Independent project supervised by faculty. (1-8 semester hours)

20142 JAZZ. Prerequisite: Dance majors or audition and permission of instructor. Study of Jazz techniques. Classes include warm-up, strengthening exercises and progressions. Course encompasses work in lyrical, contemporary musical theatre and hip-hop styles.

20152 JAZZ. Prerequisite: Dance majors or audition and permission of instructor. Continuation of 20142. Technique class specifically for developing strength and proficiency in contemporary jazz, music theatre and audition techniques.

20161 CULTURAL DANCES. This course combines theory and practice of world dances. Students examine specific dances historically, aesthetically, critically, and in performance. Two world arenas will be selected each semester. (1-3 sem.hrs.)

20601 DANCE KINESIOLOGY. Prerequisite: Dance majors or permission of instructor. To be taken concurrently with KINE 10603, this course presents the various scientific tools of movement analysis that support and facilitate the work of the dancer and choreographer. Particular emphasis will be put upon the qualitative differences in dance performance and the relationship between scientific and aesthetic aspects of movement.

30003 JUNIOR HONORS SEMINAR. A supervised research experience in Ballet Studies. The topic will be determined in consultation with the supervising professor. Topics may be focused on, but are not limited to, aspects of performance, choreography, history, education or aesthetics.

30103 BALLET TECHNIQUE.

30113 BALLET TECHNIQUE.

30162 BALLET VARIATIONS. Variations from the classical and neo-classical repertoire.

30172 BALLET VARIATIONS AND REPERTORY. Prerequisite: BALT 30162. Exploring the Romantic, Classical and neo-classical Ballet Repertoire.

30182 SUPPORTED ADAGIO I. Prerequisite: Women, BALT 30162; Men, 10322. Emphasis on supported adagio from classical ballet to more contemporary forms.

40003 SENIOR HONORS SEMINAR. A supervised research experience with a thesis that is usually based on work completed in BALT 30003. Performance may be an aspect of the course. Arrangements for the course, which is offered only as a tutorial, must be made with an instructor prior to enrollment.

40103 BALLET TECHNIQUE.

40113 BALLET TECHNIQUE.

40120 SPECIAL PROBLEMS IN BALLET. Independent project supervised by faculty. (1-6 semester hours)

40173 DANCE HISTORY. Prerequisite: BALT 10053 or permission of instructor. This course examines the history of dance from primitive cultures through the classical cultures, the Middle Ages, the Renaissance, the birth of Ballet and its Romantic and Classical periods to the flowering of the Russian Ballet under Petipa at the close of the 19th century.

40183 TWENTIETH CENTURY DANCE. Prerequisite: BALT 40173 or permission of instructor. A continuation of BALT 40173, this course examines Classical and Contemporary developments through the 20th century.

50100 BALLET TECHNIQUE. Prerequisite: Senior or graduate standing. Theory and practice of ballet. (3-6 semester hours, 3 hours maximum per semester.)

50130 TEACHING METHODS. Prerequisite: Senior or graduate standing. Theory, methods and materials of teaching dance. (3-9 semester hours, 3 hours maximum per semester.)

50150 CHOREOGRAPHY. Prerequisite: Senior or graduate standing. Creating original works and directing aspects of their productions. (3-12 semester hours)

50160 HISTORY OF THE DANCE. Prerequisite: Senior or graduate standing. Research in the areas of dance history. (3-6 semester hours)

50183 SUPPORTED ADAGIO II. Prerequisite: Senior or graduate standing. Advanced level of Ballet 30183. Practical practice and/or performance of supported adagio roles.

50320 ADVANCED ENSEMBLE AND PERFORMANCE. Prerequisite: Senior or graduate standing and permission of instructor. Technique and ensemble training. May be taken in place of upper level technique classes. (3-9 semester hours, 3 hours maximum per semester.)

Studies in Modern Dance

10203 MODERN TECHNIQUE.

10213 MODERN TECHNIQUE.

10241 THE WORKING BODY. Approaches to healthful and efficient movement through topics including structure, alignment and conditioning particularly appropriate to the aspiring professional dancer.

10333 MODERN TECHNIQUE FOR NON-MAJORS.

10422 ENSEMBLE AND PERFORMANCE II. Prerequisite: BALT 10322 or permission of instructor. Continued ensemble and performance training for the dancer with special emphasis in improvisatory skills and group sensitivity. Required of all Ballet and Modern majors.

10443 MODERN TECHNIQUE FOR NON-MAJORS.

10553 MODERN TECHNIQUE FOR NON-MAJORS.

10663 MODERN TECHNIQUE FOR NON-MAJORS.

20203 MODERN TECHNIQUE.

20213 MODERN TECHNIQUE.

20230 SPECIAL PROBLEMS IN MODERN DANCE. Independent project supervised by faculty (1-8 sem.hrs.)

30003 JUNIOR HONORS SEMINAR. A supervised research experience in Modern Studies. The topic will be determined in consultation with the supervising professor. Topics may be focused on, but are not limited to, aspects of performance, choreography, history, education or aesthetics.

30203 MODERN TECHNIQUE.

30211 FRAMEWORKS FOR ACTION. This seminar course is an exploration of dance-related topics providing frameworks for professional success in the field.

30213 MODERN TECHNIQUE.

30242 MODERN DANCE LABORATORY. Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment in Modern Technique classes and completion of BALT 10322 and MODA 10422. Provides students with various opportunities to use their technical training to support their artistic expression. Class begins the development of the student's performing potential.

30253 ELEMENTS OF DANCE COMPOSITION. Prerequisite: MODA 10422. Introduction to the craft of choreography beginning with solo studies dealing with the elements of time, space and movement and continuing with concepts from the primitive to the 20th century.

30262 MODERN DANCE PERFORMING AND REPERTORY. Prerequisite: Junior standing or permission of instructor. Study of the elements of performing through solo and group works, including concepts of partnering. Class work supplemented by video, film, and observation of live performances.

40003 SENIOR HONORS SEMINAR. A supervised research experience with a thesis that is usually based on work completed in MODA 30003. Arrangements for the course, which is offered only as a tutorial, must be made with an instructor prior to enrollment.

40203 MODERN TECHNIQUE.

40213 MODERN TECHNIQUE.

40220 SPECIAL PROBLEMS IN MODERN DANCE. Independent project supervised by faculty. Individual assignments in technique, teaching, performing, or research. Preparation of dance works (choreography, costumes, lighting and production) for public performance. Related areas include history of modern dance, dance literature, notation and dance careers. (1-6 semester hours)

40243 CONTEMPORARY CHOREOGRAPHY. Prerequisite: MODA 30253. An investigation of contemporary forms in choreography and the use of those forms in the creating of original works.

40262 SENIOR PROJECT. Prerequisite: MODA 40243 or permission of instructor. A capstone for the four years of study, giving the BFA candidate an opportunity to present a project that demonstrates professional and academic accomplishments. The project may take one of several forms - a formal paper, a research project, a professional apprenticeship or the public presentation of performing or choreographic skills.

40272 MODERN DANCE PERFORMING AND REPERTORY. Prerequisite: MODA 30262. Continuation of MODA 30262.

50200 MODERN TECHNIQUE. Prerequisite: Senior or graduate standing. Theory and practice of modern dance. (3-6 semester hours, 3 hours maximum per semester.)

50320 ADVANCED ENSEMBLE AND PERFORMANCE. Prerequisite: Senior or graduate standing and permission of instructor. Technique and ensemble training. May be taken in place of upper level technique classes. (3-9 semester hours, 3 hours maximum per semester.)

50400 DANCE AESTHETICS. Prerequisite: BALT 10053, 40173, 40183, and senior or graduate standing. Discussion and reading concerning performance, choreography, pedagogy, criticism, and/or research. (1-3 semester hours)