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Dance Pedagogy

The Hartt School offers a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with programs in dance performance or dance pedagogy (teaching), which are accredited by the National Association of Schools of Dance (NASD). Hartt dancers develop their skills through many performance opportunities, teaching internships and participation in a rigorous conservatory-style curriculum with expert instruction from world-renowned faculty and guest artists. Performance opportunities begin freshman year and are available to all majors. Students train in classical ballet and modern dance and contemporary techniques with additional coursework in music, dance composition, pedagogy, performance techniques, kinesiology, repertory, technology in dance, and dance history. It is our goal to graduate technically competent, knowledgeable artists, capable of adapting to the varied demands of a career in dance and prepared to lead the field of dance into the future.

The Dance Pedagogy emphasis is designed to prepare students for a career in dance education on the highest level. The Hartt School boasts the only professional and nationally accredited undergraduate Ballet Pedagogy program in the United States. Students are trained to teach ballet to all ages in professional school and university dance programs. This major strongly emphasizes pedagogical structure and theory, covering different styles and schools of ballet and modern dance, from the earliest pre-ballet to coaching the advanced dancer.  This emphasis incorporates classroom teaching and internships in both The Hartt School Community Division's dance classes and in area public schools. Students in the dance teaching program participate fully in the many performance opportunities available to Hartt's dancers. This program offers future dance teachers the opportunity to develop their ability to function as engaged and educated citizens throughout their careers.



Major in Dance - Ballet Pedagogy Emphasis (132 credits)

First Year

Subject Code Course Title Credits Credits
Sem. 1 Sem. 2
DFA 120-121 Classical Ballet I 2 2
DFA 124-125 Martha Graham Technique I 1 1
DFA 126-127 Contemporary Dance Forms I 1 1
DFA 130-131 Ballet Pedagogy I-II 2 2
DFA 132-133 Pointe I 1 1
DFA 150 Improvisation I - 1
DFA 160-161 Repertory/Performance I 1 1
DFA 166-167 Production Practicum I 0.5 0.5
DFA 270 Dance Kinesiology I - 3
TH 130-131 Music Theory and Ear Training for Dancers 2 2
MUS 110,111 Paranov Performance Hour 0.5 0.5
EDP 132 Human Development 3 -
RPW 110 - 111 Rhetoric and Writing I - II 3 3
HLM 020 Information Literacy in the Performing Arts 0 -
Total Credits 17 18

Second Year

DFA 134 Pilates I - 1
DFA 140 Movement Fundamentals I 3 -
DFA 220-221 Classical Ballet II 2 2
DFA 224-225 Martha Graham Technique II 1 1
DFA 226 Contemporary Dance Forms II 1 -
DFA 230-231 Ballet Pedagogy III-IV 2 2
DFA 232-233 Pointe II 1 1
DFA 240,340 Dance Pedagogy I, II 2 2
DFA 250 Elements of Composition - 2
DFA 260 Repertory/Performance II - 1
DFA 267 Production Practicum II - 0.5
DFA 271 Dance Kinesiology II 3 -
DFA 272 Musicianship for Dancers - 2
MUS 110,111 Paranov Performance Hour 0.5 0.5
HLM 100 Introduction to Music I 3 -
M Math Elective - 3
Total Credits 18.5 18

Third Year

DFA 162-163 Variations/Pas de Deux I-II .5 .5
DFA 170 Dance History I - 3
DFA 227 Contemporary Dance Forms III - 1
DFA 266 Production Practicum II - 0.5
DFA 320-321 Classical Ballet III 2 2
DFA 324-325 Martha Graham Technique III 1 -
DFA 332-333 Pointe III 1 1
DFA 350 Process of Composition 2 -
DFA 390 Technology in Dance 3 -
DFA 372 Music in the Ballet Studio 1 -
DFA 384,385 Student Internship 1 1
DFA 470 Dance Administrarion - 1
ART 100/211/212 Aspects of Art or History of Western Art II or III 3 -
AUC All-University Curriculum 3 3
Total Credits 17.5 13

Fourth Year

DFA 171 Dance History II 3 -
DFA 261, 360 Repertory/Performance II/III 1 1
DFA 262-263 Variations/Pas deDeux II .5 .5
DFA 420-421 Classical Ballet IV 2 2
DFA 432-433 Pointe IV 1 1
DFA 440 Issues in Dance Pedagogy - 1
DFA 484,485 Student Internship 2 2
DFA 450 Problems in Composition 1 1
DFA 474 Dance Production 2 -
DFA Dance Electives 1 2
AUC All-University Curriculum 3 3
Total Credits 16.5 13.5

Note: The Dance Division requires a grade of B- or higher in all DFA courses.

 

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