Our liberal arts degree in dance is designed to provide our students with a diverse
and comprehensive curricular experience, preparing them for a variety of career options
in dance and other related fields. Students select from two concentrations: modern
or ballet. The core curriculum prepares students with a theoretical and practical
experience of dance, while the 15-hour concentration allows students to develop technical
proficiency in the area selected. The foundational core of this program is the artist-scholar
model, which drives our creative and scholarly endeavors at Kennesaw State University
The Modern Dance concentration offers KSU students a 15-credit hour program of study in movement principles and skills specific to contemporary forms. Our students develop a solid technical foundation to build their artistic and expressive potential, and they learn sustainable and healthy approaches to dance. Our esteemed faculty members encourage students to explore modern dance forms and improvisational practices, while at the same time fostering somatic awareness, individual expressivity, and critical inquiry. Students perform in new works and have the opportunity to train with a wide variety of guest artists who help prepare them for work in this exciting and ever-changing field.
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In addition to the core curriculum, coursework in the modern concentration includes:
|Modern Dance II
||Modern Dance III
|Modern Dance IV
|Musical Theatre II
||Ballet Dance (Levels II – IV)
|Jazz Dance (Levels II – IV)
||Body Conditioning and Somatics
|Special Topics courses (varies by semester)
Our 15-credit hour ballet concentration emphasizes anatomical principles, dynamic
alignment, core strength, balance, flexibility, musicality, artistry, and qualitative
aspects of movement. Students investigate traditional and contemporary ballet forms
to expand their artistic expression and awaken their understanding of this artform.
Our KSU Dance faculty members have studied and performed with acclaimed ballet schools
and companies in the U.S. and abroad. Our guest artists series provides our students
with masterclasses, workshops, and the opportunity to perform in repertory works choreographed
by esteemed visiting artists.
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In addition to the core curriculum, coursework in the ballet concentration includes:
|Pas de Deux/Pointe
|Musical Theatre II
Jazz Dance (Levels II-IV)
Modern Dance (Levels II – IV)
Body Conditioning and Somatics
Special Topics courses (varies by semester)
The 3-credit applied professionals skills requirement allows students to receive academic
credit for professional internships, gain practical experience in the field, and opens
up career opportunities post graduation. The senior seminar and senior project requirements
ensure that graduates gain a creative and scholarly understanding of the art form.
Students are encouraged to complete the above requirement only at the junior and/or
senior academic levels (after obtaining 60 or more credit hours). Students work with
our faculty internship advisor to find and apply for a dance internship that best
fits their dance career goals.
We offer special topics courses each semester, some of which have included Commercial
Dance, Hip Hop, Jiri Kylian ballet repertory, Site-Specific Choreography, Contemporary
Partnering, and Digital Profile.
*Please note that the course offerings are subject to change at the department's discretion.
Course Placement & Advising
At the time of acceptance into the program, students will be advised about course scheduling and technical level placement*. Our incoming dance majors participate as a cohort in the first semester and take similar courses, designed to facilitate community growth and learning. We recommend all students make an academic advising appointment with our dance advisor upon acceptance into the program. All freshmen KSU Dance majors admitted to KSU are required to attend an orientation where they will register for their first semester of classes and learn valuable knowledge to aid them in their journey at KSU.
*The individual course instructor reserves the right to request a student to take
a different level technique course if the student is not technically at the level
appropriate for the course.
Prior Learning Assessment (PLA)
The Department of Dance recognizes and values the labor, achievements, and knowledge
of professionals in the field of dance. For consideration of Prior Learning Assessment
(PLA), the department requires the equivalent of ten years of professional performing
experience in a nationally or internationally recognized dance company. The performing
experiences of career practitioners differ widely, and for this reason, PLA for students
will be considered on a case-by-case basis by a faculty committee. After review, faculty
evaluators make a recommendation to the Chair who approves the PLA credit in the Department.
Thirty credit hours is the maximum allowable credit for PLA typically used to test
out of 2000 and 3000 level courses.
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