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Dance

Founded in 1957, the Salem College Dance Company began a long tradition of artistic excellence. With two major concerts each academic year, the Salem College Dance Company provides students with the opportunity to create and challenge through dance.

Program Overview

At Salem College, dance is continuously redefined. Students are encouraged to explore dance and discover the full range of dynamic possibilities. The dance department at Salem College gives women the opportunity to develop artistically through skilled technique classes, creative exploration and varied performance opportunities. We attract a diverse student body and strive to help every student find a voice. Dance is proud to be valued at Salem College as a vital core to our liberal arts curriculum. The program’s mission is to create self-motivated women with high academic standards and artistic originality.

Where will my degree take me?

The Dance Studies Department serves a wide range of students, who are preparing to discover the dynamic possibilities of a career in the arts or health related fields. The BA and BS in Dance Studies enhances the focus on dance-related fields, such as choreography, management, education, and multiple health related fields. Both degrees allow students to pursue further education in dance and movement-related areas, such as pursuing an MFA in Choreography or Physical Therapy, or attending medical school.

The BA is an interdisciplinary program that combines dance theory and technique with various different departmental courses that allow students to cultivate their own interests.  The BA in Dance Studies positions itself as a degree that allows women to explore their passions and to reach their artistic goals.  

The BA/BS in Dance and Movement Science is a combination of dance theory and technique, with a significant focus on human science and movement. This degree empowers students to prepare for health related careers, such as dance and physical therapy, fitness education, exercise physiology, and somatic instruction.

Dance Faculty

The dance department is under advisement of Heidi Echols. Receiving her MFA from UNC Greensboro, Heidi has trained with many renowned dance educators and has presented her choreography nationally. Adjunct Faculty includes Shawn Bowman-Hicks, Karola Luttringhaus, and Melissa Pihos. Guest artists include Bill T. Jones, Twyla Tharp, and multiple local artists. For photos and to learn more about dance at Salem College, visit our website.

Dance Majors (B.A.)

The BA in Dance Studies will position itself as a degree that allows women to explore their passions and to reach their artistic goals. The BA is an interdisciplinary program that combines dance theory and technique.

BA Dance Studies (15 course credits)

Dance Core Courses                                                                            6 course credits

Dance Technique Courses                                                                 3 course credits

Ensemble                                                                                                1 course credit

Additional Electives      5 course credits 

The BA/BS in Dance and Movement Science is a combination of dance theory with technique, and a significant focus on human science and movement.

BA Dance and Movement Science (15 course credits)

Dance Core Courses                                                                              4 course credits

Dance Technique and Ensemble                                                       3 course credits

Science Courses                                                                                      7 course credits

Exercise Science Elective                                                                     1 course credit

BS Dance and Movement Science (18 course credits)

Dance Core Courses                                                                              4 course credits

Dance Technique and Ensemble                                                       2 course credits

Science Courses                                                                                      11 course credits

Exercise Science Elective                                                                     1 course credit

Dance Minors

Dance Minor (5 course credits)

Dance Management Minor (5 course credits)

The BA in Dance Studies will position itself as a degree that allows women to explore their passions and to reach their artistic goals. The BA is an interdisciplinary program that combines dance theory and technique. The BA/BS in Dance and Movement Science is a combination of dance theory with technique, and a significant focus on human science and movement.

BA Dance Studies (15 course credits)

Dance Core Courses                                                                       6 course credits

DANC 104. History of Dance                                                                         One course

DANC 201. Choreography                                                                         One course

DANC 202. Movement Research/Somatic study                                        One course

DANC210.  Dance in the Community                                                                  One course

DANC270. Internship in Dance Studies                                                      One Course

DANC350. Capstone- Research Methods in Dance                                   One Course

Dance Technique Courses                                                              3 course credits

select from:              

DANC034. Beginning Ballet                                                                        Half Course

DANC035. Intermediate/Advanced Ballet                                                          Half Course

DANC036.Beginning Jazz Half Course

DANC037. Intermediate/Advanced Jazz                                                          Half Course

DANC038. Beginning Modern                                                                     Half Course

DANC039. Intermediate/Advanced Modern                                                       Half Course

DANC220 Special Topics                                                                  Half to One Course

Ensemble                                                                             1 course credit

select from (at least two different courses)

DANC020 Dance Company Performance                                                               Quarter Course

DANC021 Dance Company Choreography Quarter Course

DANC022 Dance Company Production Quarter Course

Additional Electives                                                                         5 course credits

select from:

ARNM 120. The Artist as Entrepreneur                                                        One Course

ARMN 215. Performing Arts Management                                                  One Course

COMM120. Oral Communication                                   One Course

COMM180. Visual Communication                                                               One Course

DANC230.  Independent Study                                                                  Half to One Course

EXER250. Prevention and Care of Athletic Injuries                                       One Course

MUSI223 Alexander Technique                                                               Quarter Course

MUSI151. Acting                                 One Course

The BA/BS in Dance and Movement Science is a combination of dance theory with technique, and a significant

focus on human science and movement.  This degree will empower students to prepare for health related careers

such as, dance and physical therapy, fitness education, exercise physiology, and somatic instruction.  

BA Dance and Movement Science (15 course credits)

Dance Core Courses                                                                        4 course credits

DANC 104. History of Dance                                                                     One course

DANC 202. Movement Research/Somatic Study                                     One course

DANC270. Internship in Dance Studies                                                         One Course

DANC350. Capstone- Research Methods in Dance                                         One Course

Dance Technique and Ensemble                                                       3 course credits

select from:

DANC034. Beginning Ballet                                                                        Half Course

DANC035. Intermediate/Advanced Ballet                                                          Half Course

DANC036.Beginning Jazz Half Course

DANC037. Intermediate/Advanced Jazz                                                          Half Course

DANC038. Beginning Modern                                                                     Half Course

DANC039. Intermediate/Advanced Modern                                                        Half Course

DANC220 Special Topics                                                                  Half to One Course

DANC020 Dance Company Performance                                                               Quarter Course

DANC021 Dance Company Choreography Quarter Course

DANC022 Dance Company Production Quarter Course

Science Courses                                                                             7 course credits

BIOL 100. Cell and Molecular Biology                                                           One course

BIOL 101. Biodiversity                                                                               One course

BIOL 218. Anatomy and Physiology I                                                         One course

BIOL 219. Anatomy and Physiology II                                                        One course

EXER 230. Motor Development                             One course

EXER 250. Prevention and Care of Athletic Injuries                                      One course

EXER 310. Exercise Physiology                                                                 One course

Exercise Science Elective                                   1 course credit

select from:

EXER210. Nutrition                                    One course

EXER 240. Psychology of Sport and Exercise                    One course

EXER 320. Biomechanics of Sport and Exercise                                         One course

BS Dance and Movement Science(18 course credits)

Dance Core Courses                                                                        4 course credits

DANC 104. History of Dance                                                                     One course

DANC 202. Movement Investigation/Somatic Study                                     One course

DANC270. Internship in Dance Studies                                                         One Course

DANC350. Capstone- Research Methods in Dance                                         One Course

Dance Technique and Ensemble                                                       2 course credits

select from:

DANC034. Beginning Ballet                                                                        Half Course

DANC035. Intermediate/Advanced Ballet                                                          Half Course

DANC036.Beginning Jazz Half Course

DANC037. Intermediate/Advanced Jazz                                                          Half Course

DANC038. Beginning Modern                                                                     Half Course

DANC039. Intermediate/Advanced Modern                                                        Half Course

DANC220 Special Topics                                                                  Half to One Course

DANC020 Dance Company Performance                                                               Quarter Course

DANC021 Dance Company Choreography Quarter Course

DANC022 Dance Company Production Quarter Course

Science Courses                                                                             11 course credits

BIOL 100. Cell and Molecular Biology                                                           One course

BIOL 101. Biodiversity                                                                               One course

BIOL 218. Anatomy and Physiology I                                                         One course

BIOL 219. Anatomy and Physiology II                                                        One course

CHEM 110. General Chemistry                                                              One course

CHEM 120. General Chemistry with Analysis                                              One course

EXER 250. Prevention and Care of Athletic Injuries                                      One course

EXER 310. Exercise Physiology                                                                 One course

EXER 320. Biomechanics of Sport and Exercise                                         One course

MATH 100. Calculus I OR MATH070 Essential Calculus                             One course

PHYS 210 General Physics I One course

Exercise Science Elective                                   1 course credit

select from:

EXER 230. Motor Development                             One course

EXER 240. Psychology of Sport and Exercise                    One course

EXER210. Nutrition                                    One course

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