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Dance - Modern Dance Emphasis, B.F.A.

Requirements

Students interested in pursuing a degree in dance can choose from the following degree paths: AS Pre-Major in Dance, BFA in Dance with an emphasis in Ballet or Modern Dance, BS in Dance with an emphasis in Ballroom Dance, and BS in Dance Education. In addition to career training, the Department of Dance provides opportunities for all interested students to explore the many forms of dance as elective and/or general education credit. The study of dance offers personal and cultural enrichment for majors and non-majors alike and allows students to augment their physical and theoretical skill as they study dance in relationship to the self, society, and other arts and disciplines.

Total Program Credits: 120

Matriculation Requirements:
  1. Completion DANC 2110, and DANC 2330 with B- or higher.
  2. Ballet emphasis: Completion of DANC 227R (2 semesters), with a grade of B- or higher.
  3. Modern emphasis: Completion of DANC 143R and DANC 144R with a B- or higher.
  4. Pass audition, interview, and portfolio review with faculty members.
  5. Cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher.
General Education Requirements: 35 Credits
  ENGL 1010 Introduction to Writing 3
  ENGL 2010 Intermediate Writing--Humanities/Social Sciences 3
or ENGL 2020 Intermediate Writing--Science and Technology (3.0)  
Choose one of the following: 3
  MAT 1030 Quantitative Reasoning (3.0)  
  MATH 1040 Introduction to Statistics (3.0)  
  MATH 1050 College Algebra (4.0)  
  MATH 1090 College Algebra for Business (3.0)  
Choose one of the following: 3
  HIST 2700 US History to 1877 (3.0)  
and HIST 2710 US History since 1877 (3.0)  
  HIST 1700 American Civilization (3.0)  
  POLS 1000 American Heritage (3.0)  
  POLS 1100 American National Government (3.0)  
  HIST 1740 US Economic History (3.0)  
Complete the following:
  PHIL 2050 Ethics and Values 3
  HLTH 1100 Personal Health and Wellness 2
or PES 1097 Fitness for Life (2.0)  
Distribution Courses:
  BIOL 1010 General Biology (strongly recommended for Biology Distribution) 3
  DANC 2110 Orientation to Dance (Fulfills Fine Arts) 3
  Humanities Distribution 3
  Physical Science 3
  Social/Behavioral Science 3
  ZOOL 1090

Introduction to Human Anatomy and Physiology
(Fulfills additional Biology or Physical Science)

3
Discipline Core Requirements: 38 Credits
  DANC 127R Ballet Technique I (3.0) 6
or DANC 227R Ballet Technique II (3.0)  
  DANC 143R Modern Dance Technique and Theory I 3
  DANC 144R Modern Dance Technique and Theory I 3
  DANC 1610 Dance Conditioning 1
  DANC 2330 Improvisation 1
  DANC 2340 Composition 2
  DANC 265R Fundamentals of Movement 2
  DANC 2670 Introduction to Laban Studies 2
  DANC 3140 Dance Production and Lighting 2
  DANC 356G World Dance Forms 3
  DANC 3630 Dance History 3
  DANC 3680 Dance Kinesiology 4
  DANC 4350 Senior Capstone I 1
  DANC 4360 Senior Capstone II 2
  DANC 4880 Current Issues in Dance 3
Emphasis Requirements: 39 Credits
  DANC 1160 Music for Dancers 1
  DANC 1510 Intermediate Jazz Dance 1
 or DANC 250R Advanced Jazz Dance (2.0)  
  DANC  243R Modern Dance Technique and Theory II 3
  DANC  244R Modern Dance Technique and Theory II 3
  DANC  3160 Dance Accompaniment 2
  DANC  3330 Modern Dance Workshop 2
  DANC  3350 Choreography 2
  DANC  3400 Dance in the Elementary School 2
  DANC  341R Modern Dance Technique and Theory III 3
  DANC  342R Modern Dance Technique and Theory III 3
  DANC  3450 Modern Dance Teaching Methods 3
  DANC  346R Synergy Dance Company 6
or DANC  446R Contemporary Dance Ensemble   
  DANC  365R Advanced Fundamentals of Movement 2
or DANC  3670 Movement Analysis (3.0)  
  DANC  441R Modern Dance Technique and Theory IV 3
  DANC  442R Modern Dance Technique and Theory IV 3
Emphasis Elective Requirements: 8 Credits
Choose 8 credits from the following list: 8
  DANC  1580 Tap Dance I (1.0)  
  DANC  1600 Hip-Hop II (1.0)  
  DANC  1700 American Social Dance I (1.0)  
  DANC  1710 International Ballroom Dance I (1.0)  
  DANC  1720 Latin Ballroom Dance I (1.0)  
  DANC  2560 African Dance II (1.0)  
  DANC  327R Ballet Technique III (3.0)  
  DANC  3610 Intermediate Dance Conditioning and Injury Prevention (2.0)  
  DANC  365R Advanced Fundamentals of Movement (2.0)  
  DANC  3670 Movement Analysis (3.0)  
  DANC  442R Modern Dance Technique and Theory IV (3.0)  
  DANC  446R Contemporary Dance Ensemble (3.0)  
  Any DANC course not previously taken

 Graduation Requirements:

  1. Completion of a minimum of 120 semester credits; a minimum of 40 credits must be upper division.
  2. Overall GPA of 2.0 (C) or above.  
  3. Overall GPA of 2.5 or above in all DANC courses.
  4. Residency hours: minimum of 30 credit hours through course attendance at UVU, with at least 10 hours earned in the last 45 hours.
  5. Completion of GE and specified departmental requirements.
  6. Successful completion of at least one Global/Intercultural course.

Graduation Plan

This graduation plan is a sample plan and is intended to be a guide. Your specific plan may differ based on your Math and English placement and/or transfer credits applied. You are encouraged to meet with an advisor and set up an individualized graduation plan in Wolverine Track.

Milestone courses (pre-requisites for a course in one of the subsequent semesters) are marked in red and Italicized.

Flexible delivery options (e.g., online, hybrid, live interactive, evening, weekend, education centers) are available for this degree. These vary by semester. Please check the Schedule of Classes for the semester you plan to enroll.


Semester 1 Course Title Credit Hours
DANC 2110* Orientation to Dance (fulfills Fine Arts Distribution) 3
DANC 143R* Modern Dance Tech and Theory I 3
DANC 1610 Dance Conditioning 1
DANC 1510 or DANC 250R Intermediate Jazz Dance or Advanced Jazz Dance 1
ENGL 1010 Introduction to Writing 3
Quantitative Literacy  MAT 1030 or MATH 1040 or 1050 or 1090 3
  Semester total: 14
Notes: *Complete Danc 143R, 2110 with B- grade or higher.  
Semester 2 Course Title Credit Hours
DANC 1160 Music for Dancers 1
DANC 144R* Modern Dance Tech and Theory I 3
DANC 2330* Improvisation 1
DANC 127R or DANC 227R* Ballet Technique I or Ballet Technique II 3
ENGL 2010 Intermediate Writing--Humanities/Social Sciences 3
PES 1097 or HLTH 1100 Fitness for Life or Personal Health and Wellness 2
Elective Any DANC elective not previously taken (Courses with "R" excluded) 2
  Semester total: 15
Notes: *Complete Danc 144R, 227R, 2330 with B- grade or higher.
Semester 3 Course Title Credit Hours
DANC 265R Fundamentals of Movement 2
DANC 243R   Modern Dance Technique and Theory II 3
DANC 127R or DANC 227R Ballet Technique I or Ballet Technique II 3
DANC 2340 Composition 2
DANC 346R or DANC 446R Synergy Dance Company or Contemporary Dance Ensemble 6
  Semester total: 16
Notes: *Complete Danc 227R with B- grade or higher.  
Semester 4 Course Title Credit Hours
DANC 2670 Intro to Laban Studies 2
DANC 244R Modern Dance Tech and Theory II 3
DANC 356G World Dance Forms 3
BIOL 1010 General Biology (strongly recommended for Biology Distribution) 3
Physical Science  3
Electives Any DANC elective not previously taken (Courses with "R" excluded) 2
  Semester total: 16
Semester 5 Course Title Credit Hours
DANC 3630 Dance History 3
DANC 341R Modern Dance Tech and Theory III 3
DANC 3400 Dance in the Elementary School 2
DANC 365R or DANC 3670 Advanced Fundamentals of Movement or Movement Analysis 2
DANC 3330 Modern Dance Workshop 2
DANC 3160 Dance Accompaniment 2
ZOOL 1090 Introduction to Human Anatomy and Physiology (fulfills additional Biology or Physical Science Distribution) 3
  Semester total: 17
Semester 6 Course Title Credit Hours
DANC 3140 Dance Production and Lighting 2
DANC 342R Modern Dance Tech and Theory III 3
DANC 3350 Choreography 2
DANC 3680 Dance Kinesiology 4
Elective Any DANC elective not previously taken (Courses with "R" excluded) 2
  Semester total: 13
Semester 7 Course Title Credit Hours
DANC 4880 Current Issues in Dance 3
DANC 441R Modern Dance Tech and Theory IV 3
DANC 3450 Modern Dance Teaching Methods 3
DANC 4350 Senior Capstone I 1
Humanities   3
PHIL 2050 Ethics and Values 3
  Semester total: 16
Semester 8 Course Title Credit Hours
DANC 442R Modern Dance Tech and Theory IV 3
DANC 4360 Senior Capstone II 2
Electives Any DANC elective not previously taken (Courses with "R" excluded) 2
 Social/Behavioral Science 3
 American Institutions 3
  Semester total: 13
  Degree total: 120

Department

Name:

Dance

Location:

LA 022

Telephone:

801-863-8610

Email:

minerel@uvu.edu

Web Address:

www.uvu.edu/dance/

Chair:

Nichole Ortega

 
 

Mission Statement

The mission of Utah Valley University Department of Dance is to foster academic and artistic excellence through an intensive technical and reflective study of dance. Anchored in a common core curriculum with several areas of emphasis, our program provides a rich and stimulating environment where students cultivate their technical, aesthetic, creative, and scholarly potential. We value superior teaching which promotes dance as an artistic and cultural expression that has the power to enrich and transform the individual, community, and society.

 
 

Dance

  • Advisor:
  • Brianna Larson
  • Telephone: 801-863-6867

Programs

Students interested in pursuing a degree in dance can choose from the following degree paths: AS Pre-Major in Dance, BFA in Dance with an emphasis in Ballet or Modern Dance, BS in Dance with an emphasis in Ballroom Dance, and BS in Dance Education. In addition to career training, the Department of Dance provides opportunities for all interested students to explore the many forms of dance as elective and/or general education credit. The study of dance offers personal and cultural enrichment for majors and non-majors alike and allows students to augment their physical and theoretical skills as they study dance in relationship to the self, society, and other arts and disciplines.

Performing Opportunities

A variety of student, pre-professional and professional companies within the department provide excellent local, national and international performing opportunities for dance majors. Concerts are presented in formal and informal as well as, adjudicated settings. Membership in companies is by audition only.

 
 

Faculty

Angela Banchero-Kelleher(2006)

Associate Professor

Department: Dance
Faculty



B.A., History; M.F.A., Dance, University of Utah.

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Mark Borchelt(2008)

Associate Professor

Department: Dance
Faculty



B.S., Psychology (Magna Cum Laude), M.F.A., Ballet, University of Utah.

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Monica Campbell(2010)

Assistant Professor

Department: Dance
Faculty



B.F.A., M.F.A., Modern Dance, University of Utah.

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Jacqueline Colledge(2000)

Lecturer

Department: Dance
Faculty



Performance Artist

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Kathie Debenham(1991)

Professor

Department: Dance
Faculty



B.A., M.A., Physical Education/Dance, Brigham Young University; Certified Laban/Bartenieff Movement Analyst, University of Utah.

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Sarah Donohue(2015)

Assistant Professor

Department: Dance
Faculty



B.F.A., Dance, University of Arizona; M.F.A., Modern Dance, University of Utah.

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Heather Gray(2013)

Lecturer

Department: Dance
Faculty



Performance Artist

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Jamie Johnson(2015)

Assistant Professor

Department: Dance
Faculty



B.A., English, B.F.A., Ballet, University of Utah; M.F.A., Dance, University of Washington.

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Amy Markgraf-Jacobson(2004)

Associate Professor

Department: Dance
Faculty



B.S., Dance, Utah State University; M.A., Dance, Brigham Young University; M.F.A., Modern Dance, University of Utah.

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Nichole Ortega(2004)

Associate Professor

Department: Dance
Faculty



B.S., Health Sciences, Brigham Young University; M.A., Dance, California State University Long Beach.

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Doris Trujillo(2001)

Professor

Department: Dance
Department Chair



B.F.A., Modern Dance, University of Utah; M.A., Modern Dance, Brigham Young University.

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Christopher Williams(2016)

Assistant Professor

Department: Dance
Faculty



B.A., Spanish, Brigham Young University; M.Ed., (ABD), Instructional Curriculum, Utah Valley.

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Christopher Witt(2007)

Assistant Professor

Department: Dance
Faculty



B.S., Business Management, M.A., Dance, Brigham Young University.

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Careers

Careers:
Those trained in dance find careers as public and private school teachers, college and university educators (requires graduate degree), professional performers and choreographers, dance historian and critics, administrators, dance therapists, professionals in the field of somatics, researchers, notators, movement analysts, private studio owners, and health and fitness consultants.

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