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Department of Dance

Curriculum

Dance students at Marymount Manhattan gain a competitive advantage by taking a broad range of courses.

View the requirements for each of our academic programs below:

  • BFA in Dance

    B.F.A in Dance 

    General Education Requirements: 42 Credits
    Major and Concentration Requirements: 62 Credits
    Elective Credits: 16 Credits

    BFA Core Required Courses (53)
    Ballet (by placement) 12
    Modern (by placement) 12
    Jazz (by placement) 3
    Tap (by placement) 1
    DANC 120 Stagecraft for Dance  2
    DANC 203 Rhythm in Sound and Movement 2
    DANC 291 Music for Dance 3
    DANC 303 Anatomy 3
    DANC 351 Dance Composition I 3
    DANC 352 Dance Composition II 3
    DANC 354 Dance and Cultural History 3
    DANC 364 Critical Approaches to Dance 3
    DANC 495 Senior Seminar 3
    Select one of four concentrations: Ballet, Jazz, Modern, Choreography
    (9)
    Total Credits: 62
  • BFA in Dance with Ballet Concentration

    B.F.A in Dance with Ballet Concentration

    General Education Requirements: 42 Credits
    Major and Concentration Requirements: 62 Credits
    Elective Credits: 16 Credits

    BFA Core Required Courses (53)
    Ballet (by placement) 12
    Modern (by placement) 12
    Jazz (by placement) 3
    Tap (by placement) 1
    DANC 120 Stagecraft for Dance  2
    DANC 203 Rhythm in Sound and Movement 2
    DANC 291 Music for Dance 3
    DANC 303 Anatomy 3
    DANC 351 Dance Composition I 3
    DANC 352 Dance Composition II 3
    DANC 354 Dance and Cultural History 3
    DANC 364 Critical Approaches to Dance 3
    DANC 495 Senior Seminar 3
    Required Courses for Ballet Concentration (9)
    Ballet (by placement) 6
    Special Topic of Related Interest* 1
    Pointe (by placement, 1 credit each) or                
    Performing Masculinity in the Ballet Cannon  (1 credit each
    2
    Total Credits: 62 credits

    *Examples of Directed Study: Commercial Jazz, Partnering, African, Acting for Dancers, Modern - technique other than already offered, and/or Pilates.

  • BFA in Dance with Choreography Concentration

    B.F.A in Dance with Choreography Concentration

    General Education Requirements: 42 Credits
    Major and Concentration Requirements: 62 Credits
    Elective Credits: 16 Credits

    BFA Core Required Courses (53)
    Ballet (by placement) 12
    Modern (by placement) 12
    Jazz (by placement) 3
    Tap (by placement) 1
    DANC 120 Stagecraft for Dance  2
    DANC 203 Rhythm in Sound and Movement 2
    DANC 291 Music for Dance 3
    DANC 303 Anatomy 3
    DANC 351 Dance Composition I 3
    DANC 352 Dance Composition II 3
    DANC 354 Dance and Cultural History 3
    DANC 364 Critical Approaches to Dance 3
    DANC 495 Senior Seminar 3
    Required Courses for Choreography Concentration  (3)
    DANC 240 Improvisation 1
    DANC 340 Improvisation II 1
    DANC 294/425 Projects 1
    Choose two of the following courses:  (6)
    DANC 453 Dance Composition III 3
    DANC 496 Choreography for the American Musical Theatre 3
    THTR/DANC 317 Design for Directors & Choreographers 3
    THTR 415 ST: Viewpoints 3
    Total Credits: 62
  • BFA in Dance with Jazz Concentration

    B.F.A in Dance with Jazz Concentration

    General Education Requirements: 42 Credits
    Major and Concentration Requirements: 62 Credits
    Elective Credits: 16 Credits

    BFA Core Required Courses (53)
    Ballet (by placement) 12
    Modern (by placement) 12
    Jazz (by placement) 3
    Tap (by placement) 1
    DANC 120 Stagecraft for Dance 2
    DANC 203 Rhythm in Sound and Movement 2
    DANC 291 Music for Dance 3
    DANC 303 Anatomy 3
    DANC 351 Dance Composition I 3
    DANC 352 Dance Composition II 3
    DANC 354 Dance and Cultural History 3
    DANC 364 Critical Approaches to Dance 3
    DANC 495 Senior Seminar 3
    Required Courses for Jazz Concentration (9)
    Jazz (by placement) 6
    Tap (by placement, 1 credit each) 2
    Special Topic of Related Interest* 1
    Total Credits: 62

     
    *Examples of Special Topics: Partnering, African, Flamenco, and/or Contact Improvisation

  • BFA in Dance with Modern Dance Concentration

    B.F.A in Dance with Modern Dance Concentration

    General Education Requirements: 42 Credits
    Major and Concentration Requirements: 62 Credits
    Elective Credits: 16 Credits

    BFA Core Required Courses (53)
    Ballet (by placement) 12
    Modern (by placement) 12
    Jazz (by placement) 3
    Tap (by placement) 1
    DANC 120 Stagecraft for Dance  2
    DANC 203 Rhythm in Sound and Movement 2
    DANC 291 Music for Dance 3
    DANC 303 Anatomy 3
    DANC 351 Dance Composition I 3
    DANC 352 Dance Composition II 3
    DANC 354 Dance and Cultural History 3
    DANC 364 Critical Approaches to Dance 3
    DANC 495 Senior Seminar 3
    Required Courses for Modern Dance Concentration  (9)
    Modern (by placement) 6
    DANC 240 Improvisation I 1
    DANC 340 Improvisation II 1
    Special Topic of Related Interest 1
    Total Credits: 62
  • BA in Dance

    B.A. in Dance 

    General Education Requirements: 42 Credits
    Major and Concentration Requirements: 49 Credits
    Elective Credits: 31 Credits

    BA Core Required Courses (28)
    Ballet (by placement)    6
    Modern (by placement) 6
    Jazz (by placement) 3
    DANC 120 Stagecraft for Dance 2
    DANC 203 Rhythmic Training 2
    DANC 354 Dance & Cultural History 3
    DANC 364 Critical Approaches to Dance 3
    DANC 495 Senior Seminar 3
    Select one of four concentrations: Body, Science, & Motion; Dance & Media; Dance Studies; or Teaching Dance Arts (21)
    Total Credits: 49
  • BA in Dance with Body, Science, & Motion Concentration

    B.A. in Dance with Body, Science, & Motion Concentration

    General Education Requirements: 42 Credits
    Major and Concentration Requirements: 49 Credits
    Elective Credits: 31 Credits

    BA Core Required Courses (28)
    Ballet (by placement)    6
    Modern (by placement) 6
    Jazz (by placement) 3
    DANC 120 Stagecraft for Dance 2
    DANC 203 Rhythmic Training 2
    DANC 354 Dance & Cultural History 3
    DANC 364 Critical Approaches to Dance 3
    DANC 495 Senior Seminar 3
    Requirements for Body, Science, and Motion Concentration
    (21)
    BIO 116 Nutrition 3
    BIO 136 Anatomy I 4
    BIO 234 Human Physiology 4
    DANC 261 Intro to Movement Analysis & Notation           3
    DANC 371 Somatic Awareness 3
    DANC 369 Anatomy II 3
    DANC 399/499 Internship 1
    Total Credits: 49

    Students in the Body, Science and Motion Concentration must elect to take BIOL 116 Nutrition to fulfill their Lower Level B Shared Curriculum requirement.

  • BA in Dance with Dance & Media Concentration

    B.A. in Dance with Dance & Media Concentration

    General Education Requirements: 42 Credits
    Major and Concentration Requirements: 49 Credits
    Elective Credits: 31 Credits

    BA Core Required Courses (28)
    Ballet (by placement)    6
    Modern (by placement) 6
    Jazz (by placement) 3
    DANC 120 Stagecraft for Dance 2
    DANC 203 Rhythmic Training 2
    DANC 354 Dance & Cultural History 3
    DANC 364 Critical Approaches to Dance 3
    DANC 495 Senior Seminar 3
    Requirements for Dance & Media Concentration
    (12)
    COMM 109 Sense and Medium 3
    DANC 351 Dance Composition I 3
    DANC 370 Movement, Media, Theory 3
    DANC/ COMM 216 Digital Sound Workshop 3
    Choose one of the Following Courses: (3) 
    DANC 291 Music for Dance  
    Art 116 Color & Design  
    Special Focus Courses:
    Choose two sequential courses from one of the following areas:
     (6)

    a. Video

    • Video Workshop (3)
    • Themes in Video (3)
     

    b. Photography 

    • Photography I (3)
    • Photography II (3)
     

    c. Digital Imaging & Web-based Media

    • Digital Imaging I (3)
    • Digital Imaging II (3)
    • Web Workshop (3)
    • Themes in Interactive Media (3)
    • Producing for Digital Media (3)
    • Mobile Media (3)
     

    d. Audio Design & Production***

    • Projects in Digital Sound (3)
    • Audio Technology for Performance I (3)
    • Audio Technology for Performance II (3)
     

    e. Graphic Design

    • Graphic Design I (3)
    • Graphic Design II (3)
     
    Total Credits: 49

    ***upon completion of COMM 216 Digital Sound Design, this sub-concentration may be met with any two of these courses

  • BA in Dance with Teaching Dance Arts Concentration

    B.A. in Dance with Teaching Dance Arts Concentration

    General Education Requirements: 42 Credits
    Major and Concentration Requirements: 49 Credits
    Elective Credits: 31 Credits

    BA Core Required Courses (28)
    Ballet (by placement)    6
    Modern (by placement) 6
    Jazz (by placement) 3
    DANC 120 Stagecraft for Dance 2
    DANC 203 Rhythmic Training 2
    DANC 354 Dance & Cultural History 3
    DANC 364 Critical Approaches to Dance 3
    DANC 495 Senior Seminar 3
    Requirements for Teaching Dance Arts Concentration
    (21)
    DANC 351 Dance Composition I 3
    DANC 291 Music for Dance 3
    DANC 303 Anatomy I 3
    DANC 240 Improvisation I 1
    DANC 303 Improvisation II 1
    DANC 357 Techniques of Teaching Dance I 3
    DANC 457 Techniques of Teaching Dance II 3
    DANC Elective in Modern or Ballet 3
    Special Topic of Related Interest 1
    Total Credits: 49
  • BA in Dance with Dance Studies Concentration

    B.A. in Dance with Dance Studies Concentration

    General Education Requirements: 42 Credits
    Major and Concentration Requirements: 49 Credits
    Elective Credits: 31 Credits

    BA Core Required Courses (28)
    Ballet (by placement)    6
    Modern (by placement) 6
    Jazz (by placement) 3
    DANC 120 Stagecraft for Dance 2
    DANC 203 Rhythmic Training 2
    DANC 354 Dance & Cultural History 3
    DANC 364 Critical Approaches to Dance 3
    DANC 495 Senior Seminar 3
    Requirements for Dance Studies Concentration
    (18)
    ART 252 Survey of Western Art II 3
    DANC 351 Dance Composition I 3
    DANC 261 Intro to Movement Analysis & Notation 3
    DANC 291 Music for Dance 3
    DANC Appropriate Course from another BA Concentration 3
    DANC 458 Criticism Writing Workshop 3
     Select one of the following courses  (3)
    DANC Movement, Media, Theory 3
    THTR 475 Avant-Garde in Art, Film & Performance 3
    Total Credits: 49
  • Minor in Dance

    Minor in Dance

    Elective Credits: 18 Credits

     

    Required courses for the Dance Minor (6)
    DANC 105 Dance as an Art Form (or equivalency w/ prior experience) 3
    DANC 354 Dance & Cultural History 3
    Select two of the following courses: (6)
    DANC 230 Costume for Dance 3
    DANC 307 Contemporary Dance in a Global Context 3
    DANC 305 Movie Moves 3
    ART/DANC/THTR 328 The Arts and Social Change 3
    DANC 303 Anatomy 3
    DANC 371 Somatic Practices 3
    ART/COMM/DANC 475 The Avant-Garde in Art, Film & Performance 3
    Select three of the following courses: (6)
    DANC 140 Ballet I for Non-Majors 2*
    DANC 212 Ballet II for Non-Majors  2
    DANC 141 Modern I for Non-Majors  2
    DANC 107 Jazz I for Non-Majors  2
    DANC 214 Hip Hop for Non-Majors  2
    DANC 210 African Dance for Non-Majors  2
    Total Credits:  18
    * A Student may take two (2) credit movement classes and have them count towards a DS1.

 

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