Department of Theatre Arts and Dance

Academic Information

Dance Major - Education Emphasis

Our purpose is to foster academic and artistic excellence in a nurturing and challenging educational environment.  Within a liberal arts and science tradition, the dance experience at SUU engages students in a rich diversity of experiences aimed to cultivate their aesthetic, creative, and scholarly potential.  Central to our purpose is superior teaching and personalized mentorship that empowers and transforms the learner.

Dance Education Objectives

A successful student will:

  • Have a working knowledge of how principles of composition are used as tools for choreography
  • Understand basic production processes (i.e. performing, dancing, choreographing, stage managing, and sound editing)
  • Have a working knowledge of the historical development of dance as an art form
  • Examine perspectives of critical analysis of the artistic process and aesthetics
  • Be prepared to become educators with a strong practical knowledge of dance in education and its ability to educate the whole person
  • Have an appreciation of dance as a world art form
  • Have a working knowledge of human movement and anatomy and how it relates to the teaching of dance technique
  • Demonstrate advanced proficiency in modern dance technique and intermediate level in ballet
  • Have a working knowledge of the state of Utah and national dance standards
  • Have the methods and skills of teaching with the ability to communicate the art of dance to students

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