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David R. Hayworth College of Arts and Sciences
Dance

B.A. Dance

The Department of Theatre & Dance at High Point University proudly offers two comprehensive bachelor of arts degrees that combine rigorous course work and practical production experience – Theatre and Dance.

The Dance degree provides students with the skills needed to prepare them for positions in the professional dance performance world, graduate study, or related careers, in which creativity, communication skills, and collaborative abilities are essential.

The Theatre degree provides students with the basic theatre skills needed to prepare them for: a variety of entry-level positions in the professional theatre; graduate study and specialized professional training; and related careers in which creativity, communication skills, and collaborative abilities are essential.

Excellent Performance and Creative Opportunities

The dance program produces two mainstage dance concerts each year. The Fall Dance Concert features primarily student choreography while the Spring Dance Concert includes more experimental faculty, student, and guest artist choreography.

Additional performance opportunities include performances in the Fall musical, the Sechrest Art Gallery, as well as community performances organized by the student-run High Point Dance Company. Students will have the opportunity to attend and participate in various dance and theatre conferences and festivals, such as the American College Dance Association Conference.

 

A Student Focused Curriculum

A Bachelor of Arts degree in Dance from High Point University will allow a student to undertake an experiential education grounded within the liberal arts environment created at High Point University. Each dance major will complete a challenging 44 credit-hour core of physically active and thought provoking courses, providing them with a valuable foundation in many areas of dance. The Department encourages each student to choose a minor degree allowing them to explore, in greater depth, the potential field of dance where their individual passions lie. Ultimately, the Dance major combined with a minor provides students with a solid foundation in dance techniques and academics while nurturing exploration of a secondary area of study.

Adding a minor or another major in addition to Dance allows a student to tailor their studies for a specific career trajectory. The Dance major curriculum offers an in-depth analysis of dance as art, as an expression of culture, and as a dialogue of the human condition.

The focused course work is designed:

  • to foster capable, expressive, and meaningful moving artists;
  • to encourage students to find and cultivate their own artistic voices by constructing, developing, and designing a final thesis project;
  • to identify, engage, and employ cultural dance practices in constructing a sophisticated perspective;
  • and to collaborate with other artists and their audience.

 

Unique Course Offerings

The required core of the dance major includes courses such as:

  • Fundamentals of Design and Theatre Architecture
  • Ballet
  • Jazz
  • Dance and New Media
  • Contemporary Dance
  • Dance Composition
  • Developing an Artistic Career and Practice

In addition, students take an elective chosen from courses such as lighting and sound crafts, costume crafts, and make-up crafts as well as technique electives in contemporary, ballet, or jazz dance.

What Can I Do With This Major?

A student graduating with a B.A. degree in Dance will be competitive in the dance market. Students who plan to pursue a career in dance performance can dive deeply into a technique study in their four years at High Point University through class work, individual practice, individual instruction, performances, master classes, and conference participation.

Of course, performance is not the only avenue for a graduate of High Point University in Dance. Students can choose to teach at dance studios, work in administration of dance companies, advocate for dance arts, or use their confidence, broad knowledge of the human condition, work ethic, collaboration, and artistic practice at any job they seek.

Experiential Learning Opportunities

  • Multiple productions each year, including the two mainstage concerts, the fall musical, and a performance in the Sechrest Art Gallery.
  • Opportunity to attend dance and theatre conferences such as ACDA and SETC
  • Opportunities for students to choreograph new work
  • Workshops, lectures, master classes, and collaboration with renowned guest artists

Student Clubs & Organizations

  • The Dance Company, a student run organization open to all students. The Dance Company performs in the community and teaches classes such as stretching and yoga to fellow students.
  • Alpha Psi Omega, the theatre honor fraternity