Dance (B.A.)

Program Overview

Rider University’s four-year degree in dance is performance-oriented, providing courses in dance history, movement theory, choreography and pedagogy. Students have the option of receiving a degree in Dance Studies if majoring in elementary education, in Dance Performance, or a minor in dance. All students must take a placement test before entering the program.

Degrees Offered

  • B.A. in Dance Performance
  • B.A. in Dance Studies

Contact

Ivan Fuller, PhD
Associate Dean and Chairperson
Fine Arts 166A
(609) 895-5630
ifuller@rider.edu

Program Website:  Dance
Associated Department:  Theatre and Dance

Related Programs:

B.A. in Dance Performance

DAN 100Fundamentals of Dance 1 PBS course1
DAN 105Survey of Dance History3
DAN 111Dance Lab (Repeat 4 times)0
DAN 151Pilates and Modern1
DAN 152World Dance & Improvisation1
DAN 180History of Movement Theory (Major Requirements)3
DAN 190Dalcroze Eurythmics3
DAN 201Vaganova I1
DAN 202Vaganova II1
DAN 210Rider Dances: Repertory & Productions1
DAN 210TRider Dances Rep&Produc:Tech1
DAN 220History of Choreography3
DAN 300Lecture & Studio in Dance2
DAN 350Hist Ballet,Modrn&JazzDance3
DAN 450Pedagogy and Methodology in Dance3
DAN 498Senior Capstone3
THE 107Acting I: Intro to Acting3
THE 105Theatre History to 17003
or THE 106 Theater History Since 1700
or ART 104 Survey of Art History I
or ART 106 Survey of Art History II
or MUS 105 Survey of Music History I
or MUS 106 Survey of Music History II

B.A. in Dance Studies

Ensemble / Performance
DAN 111Dance Lab (4 terms)0
Applied (Dance Studio)
Ballet (14 courses, .5 credit each)7
Studio Electives (.5 credits each)4.5
DAN 151Pilates and Modern1
DAN 152World Dance & Improvisation1
Coreography or Improvisation.5
Dance History and Theory
THE 105Theatre History to 17003
DAN 190Dalcroze Eurythmics3
DAN 350Hist Ballet,Modrn&JazzDance3
Art, Music, and Theatre History
Select one of the following:3
Survey of Art History I
Survey of Art History II
Arts in Contemporary Civilization
Art of the Ancient World
Medieval and Renaissance Art
Art of the Baroque
American Art
19th Century Art
Art of the 20th Century
Selected Topics in Art History
Select one of the following:3
Survey of Music History I
Survey of Music History II
Jazz History
History of Pop and Rock Part I
History of Pop and Rock Part 2
Music of the Theater
Great Composers
Postmodernism & Populr Culture
Beethoven and the Romantic Age
Music of the Beatles
Contemp Music Experience
Film Music
Black Music in America
Select one of the following:3
Theatre History to 1700
Theater History Since 1700
The Arts in Contemporary Civil
American Theatre History
Contemporary American Theater
Modern Drama
Selected Topics in Theatre His
General Education33
See the School of Education
Free electives needed55
Total Credits120

Notes:

  • Studio dance classes are taught at both the Lawrenceville campus of Rider University and the Princeton Ballet School.
  • All new dance students must take a placement exam.
  • All dance majors and minors must take one semester of Pilates, one semester of World Dance, and either one semester of choreography/improvisation or DAN 220 History of Choreography.
  • All majors and minors must have a Dance Screening with a certified Dance Physical Therapist.
  • Majors and minors must successfully complete Ballet 301 or equivalent to receive a degree.
  • All students enrolled in DAN 210 and performing in Rider Dances are expected to be currently studying dance at PBS or enrolled in a Rider University dance studio course.
  •  

Dance Minor Requirements

(19 credits)

Choose two of the following:6
Survey of Dance History
History of Movement Theory
History of Choreography
Hist Ballet,Modrn&JazzDance
DAN 111Dance Lab (4 semesters)0
DAN 151Pilates and Modern1
DAN 152World Dance & Improvisation1
DAN 190Dalcroze Eurythmics3
DAN 210Rider Dances: Repertory & Productions1
DAN 210TRider Dances Rep&Produc:Tech1
Six semester hours of dance from the Princeton Ballet School6
Total Credits19

Dance Performance Track

(47 credits)

Ensemble/Performance
DAN 111Dance Lab (7 terms)0
DAN 210Rider Dances: Repertory & Productions (repeat 5 times)5
DAN 498Senior Capstone3
THE 107Acting I: Intro to Acting3
Applied (Dance Studio)
Ballet (10 courses, .5 credit each)5
DAN 151Pilates and Modern1
DAN 152World Dance & Improvisation1
DAN 201Vaganova I1
DAN 202Vaganova II1
Studio Electives (.5 credit each)5
History and Theory
DAN 105Survey of Dance History3
DAN 180History of Movement Theory3
DAN 190Dalcroze Eurythmics3
DAN 220History of Choreography3
DAN 350Hist Ballet,Modrn&JazzDance3
DAN 450Pedagogy and Methodology in Dance3
Art, Music or Theatre History (1 course)3
General Education Requirements
See the list of requirements at the beginning of the School of Fine and Performing Arts section of the catalog.33
Free Electives
Select 41 credits of free electives41
Total Credits120

Academic Plan of Study

The following educational plan is provided as a sample only.  Rider students who do not declare a major during their freshman year; who change their major; or those who transfer to Rider may follow a different plan to ensure a timely graduation.  Each student, with guidance from his or her academic advisor, will develop a personalized educational plan.

B.A. in Dance Performance

B.A. in Dance Studies


B.A. in Dance Performance


Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
Fall SemesterCredits
DAN 100 Fundamentals of Dance 1
DAN 111 Dance Lab 0
DAN 105 Survey of Dance History 3
DAN 151 Pilates and Modern 1
General Education/Electives 10
 Semester Credit Hours15
Spring Semester
DAN 100 Fundamentals of Dance 1
DAN 111 Dance Lab 0
DAN 152 World Dance & Improvisation 1
DAN 350 Hist Ballet,Modrn&JazzDance 3
DAN 210T Rider Dances Rep&Produc:Tech 1
General Education/Electives 9
 Semester Credit Hours15
Year 2
Fall Semester
DAN 180 History of Movement Theory 3
DAN 300 Lecture & Studio in Dance 2
DAN 111 Dance Lab 0
THE 107 Acting I: Intro to Acting 3
General Education/Electives 3
DAN 201 Vaganova I 1
DAN 190 Dalcroze Eurythmics 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Spring Semester
DAN 210T Rider Dances Rep&Produc:Tech 1
DAN 111 Dance Lab 0
DAN 300 Lecture & Studio in Dance 2
General Education/Electives 11
DAN 202 Vaganova II 1
 Semester Credit Hours15
Year 3
Fall Semester
DAN 220 History of Choreography 3
DAN 300 Lecture & Studio in Dance 2
DAN 100 Fundamentals of Dance 1
DAN 111 Dance Lab 0
General Education/Electives 9
 Semester Credit Hours15
Spring Semester
DAN 210 Rider Dances: Repertory & Productions 1
DAN 300 Lecture & Studio in Dance 2
DAN 111 Dance Lab 0
Arts History elective 3
General Education/Electives 9
 Semester Credit Hours15
Year 4
Fall Semester
DAN 450 Pedagogy and Methodology in Dance 3
DAN 300 Lecture & Studio in Dance 2
DAN 100 Fundamentals of Dance 1
DAN 111 Dance Lab 0
General Education/Electives 9
 Semester Credit Hours15
Spring Semester
DAN 498 Senior Capstone 3
DAN 300 Lecture & Studio in Dance 2
DAN 210 Rider Dances: Repertory & Productions 1
DAN 111 Dance Lab 0
General Education/Electives 9
 Semester Credit Hours15
 Total Credits120

B.A. in Dance Studies

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
Fall SemesterCredits
DAN 105 Survey of Dance History 3
DAN 100 Fundamentals of Dance 1
DAN 111 Dance Lab 0
DAN 151 Pilates and Modern 1
General Education/Electives 10
 Semester Credit Hours15
Spring Semester
DAN 111 Dance Lab 0
General Education/Electives 10
DAN 350 Hist Ballet,Modrn&JazzDance 3
DAN 100 Fundamentals of Dance 1
DAN 152 World Dance & Improvisation 1
 Semester Credit Hours15
Year 2
Fall Semester
DAN 300 Lecture & Studio in Dance 2
DAN 111 Dance Lab 0
Arts History elective 3
General Education/Electives 10
 Semester Credit Hours15
Spring Semester
DAN 190 Dalcroze Eurythmics 3
DAN 300 Lecture & Studio in Dance 2
DAN 111 Dance Lab 0
General Education/Electives 10
 Semester Credit Hours15
Year 3
Fall Semester
DAN 300 Lecture & Studio in Dance 2
DAN 100 Fundamentals of Dance 1
Arts History elective 3
General Education/Electives 9
 Semester Credit Hours15
Spring Semester
DAN 300 Lecture & Studio in Dance 2
Arts History elective 3
General Education/Electives 10
 Semester Credit Hours15
Year 4
Fall Semester
DAN 300 Lecture & Studio in Dance 2
DAN 100 Fundamentals of Dance 1
General Education/Electives 12
 Semester Credit Hours15
Spring Semester
DAN 498 Senior Capstone 3
DAN 300 Lecture & Studio in Dance 2
DAN 210 Rider Dances: Repertory & Productions 1
General Education/Electives 9
 Semester Credit Hours15
 Total Credits120

DAN 100 Fundamentals of Dance 1 Credits

Designed to offer students concurrent participation and theoretical inquiry in specific dance forms. Students must register for two classes per week at the Princeton Ballet School. One additional hour per week is comprised of video observation, lecture, or readings, and is taught at Rider’s Lawrenceville campus. Prerequisite(s): permission of dance advisor; Dance Studio Courses Ballet I.

DAN 100A Ballet I 0 Credits

DAN 100B Ballet II 0 Credits

DAN 100C Ballet III 0 Credits

DAN 100D Ballet IV 0 Credits

DAN 100E Ballet V 0 Credits

DAN 100F Ballet VI 0 Credits

DAN 100G Jazz I 0 Credits

DAN 100H Jazz II 0 Credits

DAN 100I Jazz III 0 Credits

DAN 100J Modern Dance I 0 Credits

DAN 100K Modern Dance II 0 Credits

DAN 100L Modern Dance III 0 Credits

DAN 100M Spanish Dance I 0 Credits

DAN 100N Spanish Dance II 0 Credits

DAN 100O Spanish Dance III 0 Credits

DAN 100P Pilates Mat Class 0 Credits

DAN 100Q Accelerated Adult Ballet I 0 Credits

DAN 100R Accelerated Adult Ballet II 0 Credits

DAN 100S Accelerated Adult Ballet III 0 Credits

DAN 100T Accelerated Adult Ballet IV 0 Credits

DAN 100U World Dance Forms 0 Credits

DAN 100V Yoga 0 Credits

DAN 100W Tap 0 Credits

DAN 100X Ballet VII 0 Credits

DAN 100Y Choreography 0 Credits

DAN 100Z Movement Fundamentals 0 Credits

DAN 105 Survey of Dance History 3 Credits

An introductory course to familiarize students with the breadth and depth of dance in human society. It will chronologically examine dance through four lenses: Dance and Community, Dance and Religion, Dance and Politics, and Dance as Art. Students will be exposed to various dance forms from around the world with varying purposes, functions, and motivations from the beginning of recorded history to present.

DAN 111 Dance Lab 0 Credits

DAN 151 Pilates and Modern 1 Credits

DAN 152 World Dance & Improvisation 1 Credits

DAN 180 History of Movement Theory 3 Credits

Investigation of the mind-body connection, somatic experience, body therapies, movement and theories. The essential questions are: How is it that we move with awareness, fluidity, efficiency and precision?.

DAN 190 Dalcroze Eurythmics 3 Credits

This movement course familiarizes students with the basic elements of music theory (staff, clefs, time signatures, notations, chords, etc.) and the Dalcrozian principles regarding music, movement and improvisation.

DAN 201 Vaganova I 1 Credits

This studio course focuses on fundamental knowledge about the vocabulary, discourse, performance and style of the classical ballet, especially as it pertains to the Vaganova Technique.

DAN 202 Vaganova II 1 Credits

This studio course continues the development of knowledge concerning the vocabulary, discourse, performance and style of the classical ballet, expecially as it pertains to the Vaganova Technique. Repeatable twice for total of three times taken. May only be repeated if there are open spots after those taking it for the first time have registered.

Prerequisite(s): DAN 201.

DAN 210 Rider Dances: Repertory & Productions 1 Credits

This course provides an in-depth experience with the art of dance production from creation to performance. Students will be chosen to learn and perform repertory; fulfill technical roles such as sound, lighting and costume design; and assume production and managerial responsibilities such as promotion, publicity, front of house management and stage management.

Prerequisite(s): permission of instructor.

DAN 210T Rider Dances Rep&Produc:Tech 1 Credits

DAN 220 History of Choreography 3 Credits

This course prepares the dance student for the creating of dance through critical analysis, reading, writing and practical assignments. Students will examine creative process as applied to dance artists and various forms of dance.

DAN 300 Lecture & Studio in Dance 2 Credits

Dance 300 series is also designed to offer students concurrent participation and theoretical inquiry in specific dance forms. Students must register for four classes per week at the Princeton Ballet School. One additional hour is comprised of video observation, lecture, or readings and is held at Rider’s Lawrenceville campus. Prerequisite(s): permission of instructor; Dance Studio Courses Ballet I.

DAN 300A Ballet I 0 Credits

DAN 300B Ballet II 0 Credits

DAN 300C Ballet III 0 Credits

DAN 300D Ballet IV 0 Credits

DAN 300E Ballet V 0 Credits

DAN 300F Ballet VI 0 Credits

DAN 300G Jazz I 0 Credits

DAN 300H Jazz II 0 Credits

DAN 300I Jazz III 0 Credits

DAN 300J Modern Dance I 0 Credits

DAN 300K Modern Dance II 0 Credits

DAN 300L Modern Dance III 0 Credits

DAN 300M Spanish Dance I 0 Credits

DAN 300N Spanish Dance II 0 Credits

DAN 300O Spanish Dance III 0 Credits

DAN 300P Pilates Mat Class 0 Credits

DAN 300Q Accelerated Adult Ballet I 0 Credits

DAN 300R Accelerated Adult Ballet II 0 Credits

DAN 300S Accelerated Adult Ballet III 0 Credits

DAN 300T Accelerated Adult Ballet IV 0 Credits

DAN 300U World Dance Forms 0 Credits

DAN 300V Yoga 0 Credits

DAN 300W Tap 0 Credits

DAN 300X Ballet VII 0 Credits

DAN 300Y Choreography 0 Credits

DAN 300Z Movement Fundamentals 0 Credits

DAN 350 Hist Ballet,Modrn&JazzDance 3 Credits

Studies the major periods in the development of Western Theatrical Dance from the Renaissance to the present focusing on ballet, modern, jazz, tap and musical theater dance. The course will examine the ideas and individuals that caused the development of choreographers, producers, designers and productions.

DAN 450 Pedagogy and Methodology in Dance 3 Credits

This course provides the student with first-hand experience inside a classroom setting to broaden the students’ understanding of dance techniques, teaching styles and strategies, analysis of skills and critical feedback, class preparation and design, and assessment. Course requirements include off-campus field work. Cross-listing existing entry-level teaching course with analogous graduate-level course (CURR 711).

DAN 490 Independent Research & Study 1-4 Credits

Students may pursue a special topic for which they have prepared through prior course work. Only one project may be scheduled in a semester. The project may involve 1-4 Credit hours. Approval of the faculty sponsor, department chair, and dean required prior to enrollment.

Prerequisite(s): junior or senior standing, good academic standing.

DAN 491 Internship in Dance 1-4 Credits

Provides junior or senior dance majors with the practical experience of working within an educational or professional dance environment. Students must be sponsored by a dance professor. For each academic credit, interns must work 48 hours for the semester, or approximately 3.7 hours each week.

Prerequisite(s): permission of instructor.

DAN 493 Special Topics in Dance Studio 1 Credits

This class covers a discrete movement style, technique, or form such as the choreography of Balanchine, the technique of Cecchiti or dance theater fusion.

Prerequisite(s): DAN 100.

DAN 495 Selected Topics in Dance History 3 Credits

Intensive study of a particular topic in dance history or theory. This may include one era, movement or nation’s dance history and practice. Students will become deeply involved in an area through research, class discussions and group projects.

DAN 498 Senior Capstone 3 Credits

DAN 499 Seniors Honor Program 3 Credits

A senior honors program may be submitted in partial fulfillment of requirements for graduation with honors in fine arts. Honors work is limited to those departmental majors with a GPA of 3.5 in fine arts courses and cognates. The program, to be planned under the direction of a faculty advisor, will represent a culmination of demonstrated excellence in a specific area of fine arts. Candidates for honors in fine arts must be approved by the department chairperson and the faculty.