Learning Outcomes

Engage in the skillful development of your body, thoughtful development of your mind, and soulful cultivation of your intuition.

To dance requires discipline and perseverance, curiosity, and resourcefulness. Fed by an enlivened spirit, it is a confluence of a physical, intellectual, and emotional engagement. This encounter with Dance will give you a life of purpose and joy, deep meaning and discovery, while forging friendships that will touch your heart and last a lifetime.

Honing a heightened sensitivity and awareness within ourselves and for the world around us, Dance creates leaders with the intelligence to balance "what is" with an understanding of "what is about to be." Studying dance can prepare you to be this kind of human being.

Doing

Upon and after graduation, a Dance major will:

  • Dance with an articulate, centered, expressive, and skilled body.
  • Perform modern dance, ballet, jazz, and world dance – at least two of these at the intermediate-advanced level.
  • Connect the work and play of the body with the life of the mind and the spirit.
  • Discern the difference between an uninformed, unconscious reaction and the spark of impulse that can be generated from informed intuition.
  • Use informed intuition and imagination to address issues in art and life.
  • Maintain health through a practice of integration of body, mind, and spirit and a balance between activity and stillness, work and rest.
  • Understand and communicate with people from diverse backgrounds using appropriate listening and observing skills along with appropriate oral, written, and dance-movement skills and sensibilities.
  • Interactively use knowledge of dance and dancing along with knowledge of the other arts, humanities, business, and the sciences to ask questions and solve life and art problems.
  • Employ media and technology to learn about dance, make dances, and navigate the world in many other ways.
  • Write cogently and speak thoughtfully about dance, dancers, and dancing.
  • Seek, lead, and participate in one's community.
  • Seek solitary time for reflection and study.

Knowing

Upon graduation, a Dance major will:

  • Understand the critical importance of diversity in dance, dancers, and dancing as well as in the life of culture at large.
  • Recognize similarities and differences between and among diverse peoples and phenomena and acknowledge the potential opportunities and challenges therein.
  • Understand the workings of the physical and emotional body as described through the study of somatics, the sciences, and psychology.
  • Analyze the interactive stages of the creative process and employ critical analysis when uncovering questions and building "answers."
  • Comprehend the process and craft of dance composition and understand aesthetic valuing in dance.
  • Know historical and cultural traditions in dance.
  • Know fundamental principles of teaching dance to others.
  • Understand and appreciate the role of music, theatre, and media-technology in the making and presentation of dance.

Valuing

Upon graduation, a Dance major will:

  • Identify personal values as a center from which to depart and return as one is tested through life experience.
  • Respect life in its diverse expressions.
  • Acknowledge the power of, and seek continued development of, interactive and integrated physical-spiritual-emotional consciousness.
  • Appreciate the voices of intuition and imagination.
  • Tolerate chaos, confusion, and uncertainty long enough to arrive at invention and transformation when making art and living life in all its expression.
  • Know oneself in order to have the strength, freedom, and will to give to others.
  • Appreciate that knowledge is cognitive, emotional, and sensory.
  • Appreciate that knowledge is a critical companion to intuition.
  • Recognize how being "truthful," "heartful," and "mindful" ultimately leads to transformation and connection to one's life purpose.
  • Appreciate the importance of working as a community of dancers, colleagues, work associates, friends, and family and understand that this kind of work does not replace the need for solitary reflection and creation.
  • Appreciate that inviting more people to the "table of dance" could augment physical health of American people and enhance interpersonal and interpersonal compassion and empathy.