Dance Studies (BA)
Dance Education (BA with Teaching Certification)
The Dance Program at Columbia College is a creatively rigorous community that encourages the student to investigate, generate, and articulate her unique artistry through dance. With a comprehensive, progressive study in the dance discipline, the student will gain the experience necessary to become a leader in her chosen professional field, enriching the human experience through performance and choreography, dance education, and arts advocacy.
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Majors in Dance and Dance Education
Degree programs in dance seek to prepare students for careers in the performance, education, advocacy, and administration of dance as a fine art. Students may choose from the Bachelor of Arts in Dance Education to certify as a teacher of dance in the Pre-K -- 12 school setting or the Bachelor of Arts in Dance Studies non-certification degree program.
The curriculum is firmly rooted in the technical study of contemporary dance and other diverse forms. Classes are offered on multiple levels based on technical proficiency in contemporary dance with classes specified for majors meeting daily. The training and opportunities provided through the Columbia College Dance Company (CCDC) and Leadership Semester experiences enable students to develop the knowledge and dispositions necessary to engage others through dance.
Dance Certificate Program Descriptions:
Candidates for the Bachelor of Arts in Dance Studies degree are strongly encouraged to select one of the following Dance Certificate Programs aimed at deepening the major. The Programs include:
- Dance Performance and Choreography: Prepares the student to become a practicing dance artist as a performer and choreographer by emphasizing course study in increased dance technique and dance composition.
- Dance Studio/Private Sector Ownership: Prepares the student for a profession in the business of teaching dance in the private sector by emphasizing course study in dance technique, pedagogy, and business.
- Dance Research and Writing: Prepares the student for a path leading to graduate study in the arts by emphasizing course study in dance aesthetics, dance science, and dance as a phenomenon.
It is the philosophy of the Dance Program that any student who wishes to attempt a Bachelor of Arts in Dance should have that option. An audition is not required in order for a student to declare the dance major. All dance degree candidates must, however, meet the coursework and technical proficiency standards in order to graduate. Students are evaluated at various points as to their progress in the dance degree.
Students who wish to pursue the Bachelor of Arts in Dance Education with Teaching Certification must meet the requirements for admission to the Education program as outlined in the Teacher Education Handbook.
The Dance Program also requires students to participate in an audition process for scholarships. See Dance Scholarships and Honors.
The following policies are in place for the Columbia College Dance Program's Admissions and Advisement:
- The first year of study at the College will serve as a probationary period during which time the student's talents, work habits, interests, and potential are evaluated.
- Spring of the first year, Dance Program faculty members will advise each student as to the Certificate Program best suited for her.
- Fall of the sophomore year, the student will be evaluated via the mid-point profile process.
- The student will have two folders housed within the Program Coordinator's office: an academic folder for advising and a personal portfolio containing assessment materials. The student is expected to revisit these folders throughout her tenure as a dance major.
- Every semester, the student will meet with her adviser for a one-on-one appointment during the weeks designated for course planning. She will receive a complete college course schedule and all pre-registration information from the Office of the Registrar. The semester course planning sessions serve as a formal opportunity to discuss any concerns the student may have and/or any concerns the department may have regarding the student's progress technically, creatively, and academically.
- All official records are kept in the Office of the Registrar. These include courses taken and grades awarded.
- Specialized records, such as progress assessment charts, are kept in the Dance Program office in the student’s portfolio.
- Please note: the institution does not award credit for work completed in private studio settings.
- Students who are not dance majors may enroll in the Columbia College Dance Company (CCDC) courses; however, they must also meet the co-requisite requirements as stated in the current Columbia College Bulletin. Students who do not participate in CCDC as choreographers or performers will be expected to assume other production roles as assigned in order to meet the course requirements.
- Students who are not dance majors may take major technique classes with instructor approval and if there is adequate space in the class.
- The determination of level for each dance major is made by the appropriate dance faculty member(s) and posted before advisement each semester.
For additional information about scholarships and the Dance Program's assessment procedures, see the Dance Major Handbook.
The Columbia College Dance Program is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Dance (NASD).