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Dance Performance & Choreography Major

Dance at Spelman is a critical and creative thinking laboratory that nurtures women of the African Diaspora. Students investigate intersections of experimental creative practices, cultural discourse, and technology. The curriculum centers on the choreographic process through the lens of black feminist theories, contemporary dance techniques, and interdisciplinary collaborative practice. Students engage with an exciting roster of visiting artists who explore and push boundaries through the Spelman College Dance Artist Incubation Residency (A.I.R.).

The faculty includes globally recognized working artists who mentor and guide students through scholarship, artistic production, and entrepreneurial strategies. The department cultivates freethinkers and intelligent movers interested in becoming creators, innovators, writers, historians, and scholars within the evolving field of dance.

Learning Objectives

Engage in dance as a mode of inquiry, knowledge production, and critical thinking through embodied creative process, theoretical research, literature, and performance.

Articulate-orally, in written form, and through embodied practice -historical and contemporary sociocultural contexts of dance practice.

Demonstrate high level choreographic skills to investigate, engage in, and develop creative processes.

Demonstrate ability to self-generate professional opportunities and creative spaces, and maneuver within various concert, commercial, and social communities locally, regionally, and internationally.

Major Requirements

The Dance Performance and Choreography major consists of 48 semester credits. The major is divided into four areas: Technique, Theory, Composition, Performance. Students majoring in Dance Performance and Choreography are required to take all of the courses offered in the core (40 credit hours) and three electives (8 credit hours).

General Core Requirements
The following courses fulfill the Fine Arts division requirement for non-majors:

DAN 105 Dance Perspectives and Process
DAN 241 Black Dance in American Dance

Technique Courses (7 credits)
African Dance Forms (1)
*Principle of Jazz (1)
Jazz Funk (1)
Commercial Hip Hop (1)
Improvisation (1)
*Beginning Contemporary Modern Dance (1)
Intermediate Contemporary African (1)
Advance Contemporary Modern Dance (1)
*Beginning Ballet through the Lens of Kinesiology (1)
Intermediate Advanced Ballet through the Lens of Kinesiology (1)

Theory Courses (17 credits)
Dance Perspectives and Process (3)
Black Presence in Dance History (4)
Critical Writing for Dance (4)
Teaching and Leading through Dance (4)
Dance Seminar (2)

Composition Courses (14 credits)
Choreographic Process I - Solo/Womanist Theories with lab (4)
Choreographic Process II - Group/Art as Activism with lab (4)
Choreographic Process III - Collaboration/ Experimentation in Technology with lab (6)

Performance Courses (2 credits)
Spelman Dance Theatre - one year course (2)

Electives (8 credits)
The electives must be in technology, theory or design.

Dance for Camera (4)
Women in Dance (4)

Please refer to the latest  Dance Performance & Choreography Requirements for full requirements and course descriptions.

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Dance Performance & Choreography Department
350 Spelman Lane, Box 1499
Atlanta, Georgia 30314-4399

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