Theory

Explore Dance as a scholarly discipline.

The Dance program believes that dancers must integrate the life of the mind with the life of the spirit and the body. Dancers study dance history and cultures, the teaching of dance, music for dance, dance philosophy, and dance science. In addition, the Dance program offers courses in Dance as Social Action, Media and Technology, rotating electives on current topics of interest, and independent studies in subjects such as dance therapy, philosophy of art, and dance history. Read below for more detail on theory courses.

Laban Movement Analysis is a course studying the theories developed by creative genius Rudolph Von Laban. Students learn to observe and describe human movement in order to reveal inherent universal and personal meanings contained within.

History of Dance Theatre examines the roots and development of dance as an art form. Study begins with primal cultures, examines western European traditions, and ventures into significant examination of the diverse cultural streams that have influenced the face of concert dance in the United States.

To Dance is Human studies Dance as a cultural and political phenomena. It is a theory and experience based course which looks at dance in contemporary culture through the lens of peoples from many diverse ethnic, socio-economic, gender, and spiritual backgrounds.

Dance Kinesiology is a course in dance science investigating anatomy, physiology, and somatics as they relate to the training of the dancer.

Music for Dance trains the dancer using African drumming as the pivot point of musical education.

Dance Pedagogy courses educate students in theories of multiple intelligences, creativity, and aesthetic development. Courses train students to prepare and deliver lessons to various populations (children to adult, beginner to professional).