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Dance

Students should refer to the model program that was in effect for the year and term of their entrance to Cornish. Classes entering in 2007 through 2013 follow the same model program. View archived catalogs and model programs.

Dance Model Program 2013 – 2014

The Dance Department recommends that students plan their programs of study around the following sequence. The curriculum presented below follows a generalized model, but each student’s program will be individualized based on placement testing, transfer credits and individual progress as the student advances. 

In the Technique Electives area, 4 credits must be fulfilled through the following courses: African Dance, Pointe, Jazz, Hip Hop, Tap, Modern Partnering, Ballet Partnering, Male Technique, Yoga, Spanish Dance, Somatic Techniques, World Dance and Special Techniques.

In the Performance area, 4 credits must be fulfilled through the following courses: Cornish Dance Theater, New Moves Choreography/Performance, and Senior Project Rehearsal/Performance.

Program Overview 
Dance91
Humanities & Sciences 30
College Electives (outside the major) 6
Total Credits for a BFA Degree in Dance 127

First Year Fall Spring
DA Ballet 3 3
DA Modern 3 3
DA 115 – 116 Movement Foundations 1 1
DA 150 Creative Foundations 1
DA 152 Compositional Practices 1 2
DA 131 Lighting for Dance or DA 132 Technical Production for Dance* 2
DA Technique Electives or Performance 1
H&S Integrated Studies 6 6
Total Credits 16 16

Second Year Fall Spring
DA Ballet 3 3
DA Modern 3 3
DA 133 Rhythmic Fundamentals 2
DA 134 Listening to Music 2
DA 219 Human Musculoskeletal Anatomy 3
DA 220 Kinesiology 2
DA 251 Compositional Practices 2 2
DA 252 Movement Analysis 2
DA Technique Electives and/or Performance 1
H&S Coursework 3 3
Total Credits 16 16

Third Year Fall Spring
DA Ballet 3 3
DA Modern 3 3
DA 205–206 Dance History 3 3
DA 351 Compositional Practices 3 2
Advance Dance Studies or H&S** 3
DA Technique Electives
and/or Performance
2 2
College Electives 2 2
Total Credits 15 16

Fourth Year Fall Spring
DA Ballet or Modern 3 3
DA 435–436 Contemporary Issues
in Dance
2 2
DA 467 Senior Project 3
DA 481 Teaching Methods 2
Advanced Dance Studies or H&S** 3
Dance Electives 2 2
DA Technique Electives and/or Performance 1 1
H&S Coursework 3 3
College Electives 2
Total Credits 16 16

* Either DA 131 Lighting Design for Dance or DA 132 Technical Production for Dance fulfill the requirement for 2 credits of dance production. Students may take both courses, applying the additional 2 credits either to Dance Electives or College Electives.
** Advanced Dance Studies: Advanced Choreography, DA 354 Advanced Improvisation, DA 482 Teaching Creative Movement, or an additional semester of Ballet or Modern Technique.