Dance Minor 25 credits

The Dance Minor at Western Oregon University offers students opportunities to develop knowledge, skills, understanding, and appreciation of dance as an art form that can enrich and inform the quality of life. The Dance Minor includes academic courses, performance opportunities and choreographic experiences geared for an undergraduate student who may be majoring in another discipline but wants to pursue their interest and passion for dance.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate a significant body of theoretical, cultural, and historical knowledge pertaining to the field of dance. 
  2. Integrate and independently apply dance skills, abilities, theories and/or methodologies.
  3. Connect ideas, synthesize techniques and transfer that knowledge into current dance practices. 

Core Courses

D 260 Dance Improvisation

D 351 Dance Composition I 3

Choose One

D 453 Ballet History 3

D 454 Evolution of Modern Dance 3

Elective Credits: Choose 18 Credits

At least 6 credits must be upper division

D 101 Beginning Ballet 3

D 102 Beginning Jazz Dance 3

D 103 Beginning Modern Dance 3

D 104 Beginning Tap Dance 3

D 199 Special Studies 1

D 240 Wellness for Dancers 3

D 241 Awareness in Action: Listening to the Body 3

D 250 Drumming for Dancers 3

D 251 Dance and World Cultures 3

D 252 Latin Dances Around the World 3

D 253 Dances that Changed the World 3

D 254 Dance, Gender and Society 3

D 270 Dance Partnering 3

D 277, 278, 279 Intermediate Hip Hop 2 each

D 288, 289, 290 Intermediate Jazz Dance 2 each

D 280, 281, 282 Intermediate Modern Dance 2 each

D 380, 381, 382 Pre-Advanced Modern Dance 2 each

D 480, 481, 482 Advanced Modern Dance 2 each

D 285, 286, 287 Intermediate Balet 2 each

D 385, 386, 387 Pre-Advanced Ballet 2 each

D 485, 486, 487 Advanced Ballet 2 each

D 302, 303, 304 Pointe Technique 1 each

D 340 Conditioning for Dancers 3

D 352 Dance Composition II 3

D 390 Kinesiology for Dancers 3

D 407 Seminar 1-3

D 408 Workshop 1-3

D 450 Dance Repertory 1

D 451 Dance Production 3

D 451 Dance Production Lab 1

D 455 Advanced Choreography 3

D 456 Choreography for the Camera 3

D 460 Dance and Technology 3

D 491 Creative Dance for Children 3

D 494 Dance Teaching Methods 3

Total Credits 25

Contact

Department of Theatre and Dance 503 838-8310 | or e-mail: janovid@wou.edu