Dance Science

Program Overview

A degree in Dance Science capitalizes on Rider's wide variety of science programs to produce a first-of-its-kind full Dance curriculum program incorporating a wide variety of courses focused on human performance. Students will study the art and movement of dance (including fundamentals of classical dance forms; history and theory of dance, composition and performance,) along with biology, nutrition, anatomy, exercise physiology, kinesiology and injury prevention.  They will learn to integrate the mind and body in dance, develop strength, coordination, flexibility, musicality, and expression in dance, will understand socio-political-historical aspects of dance, and be able to discuss and comment upon meaning in movement.

Curriculum Overview

Students will learn how to conceptualize, create, and analyze dance as they study the art of movement.  They will receive a comprehensive education in both the art of dance and how the instrument of dance - the body - works. Each student will select a capstone or research project culminating in multi-disciplinary, project and/or internship working with a science professor or a Physical Therapist.  Dancers will learn how to reach their optimal potential. Understanding biomechanics can only help to increase that understanding and will equip students with the skills, theoretical framework, and experience necessary to enter the workforce as dance teachers, choreographers, directors, producers, and candidates for graduate school in education, dance, or sciences.

 

Degree Offered

  • B.A. in Dance Science

Contact

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

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Dance Science Program Requirements

(120 credits)

Required Science Courses
BIO 115
115L
Principles of Biology I
and Principles of Biology I Lab
4
BIO 221
221L
Human Anatomy & Physiology I
and Human Anatomy & Physiology I Lab
4
BIO 222
222L
Human Anatomy & Physiology II
and Human Anatomy & Phys II Lab
4
EXS 320
EXS 321
Exercise Physiology
and Exercise Physiology Laboratory
4
EXS 360Foundations of Strength and Conditioning (includes Lab )4
HSC 100Intro to Human Nutrition3
HSC 201Nutrition for Exercise and Physical Activity3
HSC 302
302L
Kinesiology
and Kinesiology Lab
4
PSY 283Sport Psychology3
PSY 345Health Psychology3
Internship/Practicum and/or Research1
Independent Research & Study
Internship in Dance
Required Dance Course
DAN 121Introduction to Dance Science3
Required Ensemble/Performance Courses
DAN 111Dance Lab (7 terms)0
DAN 210Rider Dances: Repertory and Productions1
DAN 210TRider Dances Rep&Produc:Tech1
Required Applied Studio Courses
DAN 112Ballet I: The Point of Departure1
DAN 113Ballet II: Next Steps1
DAN 201Vaganova I1
DAN 202Vaganova II1
DAN 100Fundamentals of Dance (Ballet )3
DAN 300Lecture & Studio in Dance (Jazz and/or Hip Hop)1
DAN 151Pilates and Modern1
DAN 152World Dance & Improvisation1
Studio Electives
DAN 100Fundamentals of Dance (including 1 credit of COMBO: Mindbody)4
or DAN 300 Lecture & Studio in Dance
Dance History and Theory
DAN 105Survey of Dance History3
DAN 180History of Movement Theory3
DAN 190Dalcroze Eurythmics3
DAN 220History of Choreography3
DAN 350History of Ballet, Modern & Jazz Dance3
DAN 450Pedagogy and Methodology in Dance3
Suggested Core Courses
MTH 105Algebra and Trigonometry4
PHL 304Medical Ethics3
PSY 100Intro To Psychology3
SOC 101Sociological Imagination3
Additional Core Courses21
Select courses in Languages, History, Writing, or Literature
Free Electives12
Total Credits120

Academic Plan

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.

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
Fall SemesterCredits
DAN 105 Survey of Dance History 3
DAN 111 Dance Lab 0
DAN 112 Ballet I: The Point of Departure 1
DAN 121
Introduction to Dance Science
or Exercise Injury Control and Management
3
DAN 151 Pilates and Modern 1
BIO 221
221L
Human Anatomy & Physiology I
and Human Anatomy & Physiology I Lab
4
PSY 100 Introduction to Psychology 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Spring Semester
DAN 350 History of Ballet, Modern & Jazz Dance 3
DAN 111 Dance Lab 0
DAN 113 Ballet II: Next Steps 1
DAN 152 World Dance & Improvisation 1
DAN 210T Rider Dances Rep&Produc:Tech 1
BIO 222
222L
Human Anatomy & Physiology II
and Human Anatomy & Phys II Lab
4
HSC 100 Intro to Human Nutrition 3
MTH 105 Algebra and Trigonometry (or higher level math course) 4
 Semester Credit Hours17
Year 2
Fall Semester
DAN 180 History of Movement Theory 3
DAN 100 Fundamentals of Dance (Princeton Ballet Studio) 1
DAN 111 Dance Lab 0
DAN 201 Vaganova I 1
BIO 115
115L
Principles of Biology I
and Principles of Biology I Lab
4
HSC 302
302L
Kinesiology
and Kinesiology Lab
4
SOC 101 Sociological Imagination 3
 Semester Credit Hours16
Spring Semester
DAN 190 Dalcroze Eurythmics 3
DAN 100 Fundamentals of Dance (studio) 1
DAN 111 Dance Lab 0
DAN 202 Vaganova II 1
EXS 320
EXS 321
Exercise Physiology
and Exercise Physiology Laboratory
4
PHL 304 Medical Ethics 3
Free Elective course 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Year 3
Fall Semester
DAN 220 History of Choreography 3
DAN 300 Lecture & Studio in Dance 2
DAN 111 Dance Lab 0
HSC 201 Nutrition for Exercise and Physical Activity 3
Two Core Courses 6
Free Elective 3
 Semester Credit Hours17
Spring Semester
DAN 300 Lecture & Studio in Dance 2
DAN 111 Dance Lab 0
DAN 210T Rider Dances Rep&Produc:Tech 1
Two Core Courses 6
PSY 283 Sport Psychology 3
Free Elective 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Year 4
Fall Semester
DAN 111 Dance Lab 0
DAN 100 Fundamentals of Dance 1
Two Core Courses 6
EXS 360 Foundations of Strength and Conditioning 4
PSY 345 Health Psychology 3
 Semester Credit Hours14
Spring Semester
DAN 100 Fundamentals of Dance 1
DAN 450 Pedagogy and Methodology in Dance 3
DAN 498
Senior Capstone
or Independent Research and Study
or Internship in Dance
3
One Core Course 3
Free Electives 3
 Semester Credit Hours13
 Total Credit Hours for Graduation122

Courses and Descriptions

BIO 115 Principles of Biology I 4 Credits

An introductory biology course focusing on major themes of biology: what is life?; Cells as fundamental structure and functional unit of life; information transmission, storage and retrieval; Diversity and unity of life explained by evolution. Three hours of lecture and one three- hour lab per week.

Corequisite(s): BIO 115L.

BIO 115L Principles of Biology I Lab 0 Credits

This lab is a co-requisite and must be taken with the corresponding course.

Corequisite(s): BIO 115.

BIO 221 Human Anatomy & Physiology I 4 Credits

A comprehensive survey of the structure and function of musculo-skeletal systems, neuroendocrine systems and related tissues and cellular interactions. Physiological applications include homeostasis, muscle dynamics, and cell activities. Laboratory exercises complement lecture material through the use of animal dissections, wet labs, computer-assisted investigations, microscopy, and models. Exams, case histories, personal investigations, and lab practicums assess learning. Course emphasis supports allied health and pre-professional training. Three hours of lecture and one three-hour lab per week. Designed for allied health students; does not satisfy requirements for the biology major. Prerequisite(s): HSC major ONLY or Permission of instructor.

Corequisite(s): BIO 221L.

BIO 221L Human Anatomy & Physiology I Lab 0 Credits

This lab is a co-requisite and must be taken with the corresponding course.

Corequisite(s): BIO 221.

BIO 222 Human Anatomy & Physiology II 4 Credits

A comprehensive survey of the organ systems of the body including special senses, cardiovascular, respiratory, digestive, excretory, reproduction and development. Physiological components include electrolytes, metabolism, nutrition, and the mechanisms of homeostasis and cell reception. Lab studies support lecture material through dissections, wet labs, computer-assisted learning, microscopy, and models. Assessment includes lab practicums, exams, and reports. Course emphasis supports allied health and pre-professional training. Designed for allied health students; does not satisfy requirements for the biology major. Prerequisite(s): BIO 221.

Corequisite(s): BIO 222L.

BIO 222L Human Anatomy & Phys II Lab 0 Credits

This lab is a co-requisite and must be taken with the corresponding course. Prerequisite(s): BIO 221L.

Corequisite(s): BIO 222.

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 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 112 Ballet I: The Point of Departure 1 Credits

This is an entry- level, mandatory ballet class that covers all of the safest fundamental practices, including proper use of alignment, feet, rotation, and use of the core in the classical vocabulary.

DAN 113 Ballet II: Next Steps 1 Credits

This is a continuation of the safest fundamental practices covered in Ballet I, including proper use of alignment, feet, rotation, and use of the core in the classical vocabulary. In addition this course extends the coverage of discourse, terminology and vocabulary of the classical technique .

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 121 Introduction to Dance Science 3 Credits

This orientation to dance science will consider important aspects of the study of human performance including anatomy, biology, kinesiology, and psychology of movement and performance. Covered are the foundations and research findings in Movement Theory, Motor Development, and Well -Being. Topics include the Care and Prevention of Injuries, Movement Analysis, Dance Movement Therapy, Mind-body Connection, Dance Fitness and Optimal Performance.

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 350 History of Ballet, Modern & Jazz Dance 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 and 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.

EXS 320 Exercise Physiology 3 Credits

An entry level exploration of the physiological processes, metabolic requirements, and consequences of exercise in humans. Emphasis is placed on bioenergetics, as well as circulatory, respiratory, and neuromuscular responses to the physical stress of exercise performed for health and disease prevention.

Prerequisite(s): BIO 221, BIO 222.

EXS 321 Exercise Physiology Laboratory 1 Credits

EXS 321 is the laboratory course that accompanies EXS 320. Topics will include entry-level practical skills and competencies related to exercise capacity evaluation, interpretation of exercise data, and application of exercise interventions in a clinical setting. Prerequisite(s): BIO 221, 222 Co-requisite(s): EXS 320.

EXS 360 Foundations of Strength and Conditioning 4 Credits

This course examines the advanced methods and techniques associated with the design of strength and conditioning programs to enhance human performance in sport and fitness. This course is designed to develop, enhance, and apply knowledge and skills to prepare the student for the profession of strength and conditioning.

Prerequisite(s): EXS 320, EXS 321, HSC 302.

HSC 100 Intro to Human Nutrition 3 Credits

This course is designed to offer the student understanding of fundamental human nutrition concepts including, but not limited to, digestion, absorption, metabolism, functions and sources of macronutrients and micronutrients. The theme of the course will align with human health and disease states and the important conceptions about the food industry and its relation to healthy dietetic choices.

HSC 201 Nutrition for Exercise and Physical Activity 3 Credits

An introductory exploration of evidence based nutritional theory and applications in sport and exercise.

HSC 302 Kinesiology 4 Credits

The purpose of this course is to explore human movement during performance of activities. This course will explore the relationship between anatomical structures and function in the production of movement. The application and relationships between the fundamental principles of mechanics and musculoskeletal system function will be addressed within the framework of clinical and research perspectives. Both qualitative and quantitative approaches will be applied towards a better understanding of human movement, the analysis of physical activity. Prerequisite(s): BIO 221 & MTH 105 (or equivalent) or POI.

Corequisite: HSC 302L.

HSC 302L Kinesiology Lab 0 Credits

This lab is a co-requisite and must be taken with the corresponding course.

Corequisite(s): HSC 302.

MTH 105 Algebra and Trigonometry 4 Credits

The course is an in depth and rigorous study of functions and graphs, equations and inequalities, polynomial and rational functions, exponential, and logarithmic functions, basic trigonometric functions and their inverses, trigonometric identities.

Prerequisite(s): A mathematics SAT score of 570, departmental placement or MTH 100.

PHL 303 Philosophy of Law 3 Credits

An examination and analysis of selected topics including classical and contemporary theories in the philosophy of law and moral philosophy. Such topics as the nature of the law and legal reasoning, the legal enforcement of morality, protection of personal liberty, and the moral justification of punishment are considered. Such philosophers as Aquinas, Austin, Holmes, Bentham, Hart, and Dworkin are read and discussed.

PSY 100 Introduction to Psychology 3 Credits

An orientation to psychology, covering major facts, principles and concepts about human and animal behavior and experience, re-search findings, major problems, basic vocabulary, methodologies, and contributions in the field. Topics include psychology as a science; human development; individual differences; intelligence and its measurement; special aptitudes and interests; personality and social behavior; motivation and emotion; frustration and personality deviations; and learning, thinking, remembering and forgetting.

PSY 283 Sport Psychology 3 Credits

This survey course will focus on the social and psychological factors related to performance and participation in sport and exercise, health, and injury rehabilitation settings. Two general questions will be explored: (a) how do social and psychological variables influence performance and participation in physical activity pursuits? And (b) how does physical activity participation affect the psychological well-being of the individual? To better understand these questions, this course will overview theoretical and methodological approaches to a variety of sport and exercise psychology topics, including: socialization, motivation, group processes, competition, and performance enhancement. This course counts towards the fulfillment of the Disciplinary Perspectives element of the CLAS general education curriculum.

Prerequisite(s): PSY 100.

PSY 345 Health Psychology 3 Credits

This course focuses on the biopsychosocial model of health in which biological, psychological and social factors contribute to health and wellbeing, as well as illness and disease. After a brief introduction to systems of the body, i.e. nervous, endocrine, respiratory, cardiovascular, digestive, immune, this course will examine health enhancing behaviors such as exercise and nutrition, as well as health compromising behaviors such as drug abuse and other reckless behaviors, along with models that explain behavior maintenance and change. Additionally, attention is devoted to a discussion of how health psychology can function in shaping health care policy.

Prerequisite(s): PSY 100.

SOC 101 Sociological Imagination 3 Credits

Introduction to principles and concepts for the sociological analysis of human societies. Social relations, social structure, and institutions characteristic of societies past and present are examined, and causes and directions of social change are considered. This course counts towards the fulfillment of the Disciplinary Perspectives element of the CLAS general education curriculum.