The Minor Program is designed for the serious dance student who wishes to continue their training in college. These students will increase their technical level and be exposed to various theories and philosophies in the academic dance world. There is plenty of flexibility within the program to focus on the styles of dance that suit the student best.
Entrance into the Program for the Dance Minor or IA major is through audition. These auditions typically take place at the end of the first semester of their freshman year at Penn State. There are no makeup auditions. No videos or private auditions are allowed. To be eligible for the program you must be an Incoming Freshman, Current Freshman, or Rising Sophomore. The audition is class style consisting of Modern, Ballet, Jazz, and Improvisation. An upperclassman with 6 semesters left may request permission to audition.
Requirements for the Minor
Please visit the Undergraduate Degrees Programs Bulletin for the most recent listing of required, additional, dance technique, creative process and performance, and supporting courses that can fulfill the requirements for the Minor in Dance. Twenty-one credits are required for completion of the dance minor with a minimum of 6 credits at the 400 level. Thirty-six credits in dance is required for completion of the Integrative Arts major.
The Penn State Dance program provides an effective education across the field of contemporary modern dance with a core focus on the dancing experience. To that end, students are offered a solid foundation in the areas of the curriculum including: technique, performance, choreography, history and movement analysis/somatics. Students are afforded the opportunity to focus on individual areas of interest supported by mentoring and interaction with faculty. Our program encourages integration of the curricular areas, supports an interdisciplinary approach, promotes the education of the whole person, values cultural and curricular diversity, and responds to the individual needs of our students.
The Penn State Dance program reflects current national trends in dance. Faculty members are working professionals in the field. Their research investigates topics in choreography, Laban analysis, Somatics, and technology. Our graduates are prepared for performance opportunities in a variety of settings and to pursue programs of higher learning in dance. The small program offers students the ability to create close bonds with faculty and fellow students. We offer a variety of performance and choreographic opportunities, as well as the chance to attend national conferences such as The American College Dance Festival. We look for talented dancers at the intermediate to advance level. Students do not need to have studied modern prior to College to be accepted but must be prepared to commit to a demanding college program. A grade of C or better is required in all courses required in the minor. Students are required to stay active in the program and take class each semester.
Elisha Clark Halpin at DANCE@PSU.EDU