Academic Courses

Push creative boundaries, challenge physical limits and discover new ways to express yourself through movement. NC State’s Dance Program curriculum offers diverse options for students interested in the technical, choreographic, historical and theoretical aspects of dance.

Students can receive academic credit by participating in one of the NC State dance companies or by taking an academic dance class. To view current offerings and register for a course, please visit MyPack Portal.

Credit for Academic Dance Company Members

Students receive academic credit for participating in the companies directed by the NC State Dance Program: the NCSU Dance Company (modern dance) and the Panoramic Dance Project (diverse range of styles). After successfully passing auditions, held twice a year, company members are enrolled in either DAN 210 or DAN 295  course. Participation in a dance company includes weekly rehearsals and performances throughout the year on and off campus.

DAN 295: Problems of Dance Performance (NCSU Dance Company)

This course provides direct experience in theory and practice of performance processes for members of the NCSU Dance Company, a modern dance company. The NCSU Dance Company is dedicated to the creation and performance of process-oriented, researched based, content driven works.

To support the student’s performance education, this course includes the study of movement theory, dance composition, modern technique, character development, with application in a laboratory setting, as well as formal and informal performances both on and off campus.

DAN 210: Current Trends in Afrocentric and World Dance (Panoramic Dance Project)

This course presents a diverse range of dance styles including modern, jazz, hip-hop, African and Latin for members of the Panoramic Dance Project, a student dance company dedicated to exploring diverse dance styles.

Students will rehearse and perform choreographic work by the Dance Program director, invited guest artists and student company members. The course includes the study of dance technique, choreographic craft and the examination of content and identity in dance. Choreographic content varies from semester to semester.

Dance Program Courses for Credit

DAN 272: Dance Composition

This course introduces principles of dance composition through creative problem-solving.  Course content includes movement invention; creation of a thematic phrase; manipulation and development of theme through the application of choreographic devices; structure; and content.  Students will create and perform a complete solo choreographic work in the course.

Prerequisite: HESD 264 or HESD 274 or permission of instructor

Offered in Spring Only

DAN 290: Special Topics in Dance

The course will examine selected topics in dance. Course content is different each time.

DAN 490: Advanced Special Topics in Dance

The course will examine selected topics in dance. Course content is different each time.

DAN 498: Independent Study in Dance

The course fosters the creation, performance, and production of innovative choreographic works that demonstrate content through new and intellectualized choreographic processes and structures.  This course encourages the development of new forms that support the content ideas.  This course also encourages advanced performance processes and techniques that clarify movement expression and enhance content in the creation of choreographic work.

Prerequisite: DAN 272 (Dance Composition)

Dance Program faculty also teach the dance track in the Arts Forum (AVS 100) for Arts Village students.

Dance Minor in the Department of Health and Exercises Studies

The Department of Health and Exercise Studies offers a dance minor that intersects with the dance program. Students can take dance classes, including modern, ballet, jazz, social dance and clogging open for all dance levels. For more information on the dance minor, please visit this page.

Theory (6 hours)

Choose 2:
HESM 322 Dance and Society (3cr.)
HESM 324 Concert Dance History (3cr.)
HESM 326 Current Trends in Dance (3cr.)

Creative (4-6 hours)

Required:
HESM 320 Movement Improvisation (1cr.)

Choose 2 additional courses:
DAN 272 Dance Composition I (2cr.) (prereq. HESD 274)
DAN 498 Independent Study in Dance (1-3cr.) (prereq. DAN 272 or DAN 295)
HESM 328 Dance Composition II (2cr.) (prereq. DAN 272)
HESM 330 Introduction to Bartenieff Fundamentals and Laban Movement Analysis (2cr.)
HESM 332 Dance and Technology (2cr.)

Practice (4-5 hours)

Choose 2 courses in practice/performance:
HESD 227 African Dance (1cr.)
HESD 230 Horton Dance Technique (1cr.)
HESD 233 Clogging (1 cr.)
HESD 234 Country Dance (1 cr.)
HESD 240 Social Dance (1cr.)
HESD 263 Tap Dance (1cr.)
HESD 264 Ballet (1cr.)
HESD 273 Jazz Dance (1cr.)
HESD 274 Modern Dance I (1cr.)
DAN 210 Current Trends in Afrocentric and World Dance (1cr.) (prereq. Panoramic Dance Project audition)
DAN 295 Problems of Dance Performance (2cr.) (prereq. NCSU Dance Company audition)

Choose 2 technique courses:
HESD 241 Social Dance II (1cr.) (prereq. HESD 240)
HESD 265 Ballet II (1cr. ) (prereq. HESD 264)
HESD 275 Modern Dance II (1cr.) (prereq. HESD 274)
HESD 280 Jazz Dance II (1cr.) (prereq. HESD 273)

Capstone course (1 hour)

Required:
HESM 304 Dance Practicum (1cr.)