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  • Concentration Overview

    As a performing arts major with a concentration in dance, you will take studio courses, performance courses, history courses, and seminars. As choreographers, dancers, and movement actors, you will develop the skills to become a well-rounded performer, artist, advocate, employer, and potential graduate student.


    In performance courses, you will learn from faculty and Guest Choreographers from around the country, experiencing different choreographic processes, styles, and approaches. These courses emphasize collaborative skills and ensemble performance. In-studio courses, you will study techniques of ballet, modern and contemporary, commercial dance, tap, and improvisation in-depth to become confident in each area. In history courses, you will explore how artistic creation is influenced by society and how society is reflected in and changed by art. Students can also experience dance from around the world through our Global Dance course. These courses will increase your knowledge and appreciation of dance and its relationship to other significant components of human history, culture, and experience. Finally, seminar courses give students the theoretical foundation for their craft. You will study mind and body awareness, composition, and teaching methods used in dance, which will support total growth as an artist and potential entrepreneur.


    In addition, you will undertake three internships, including a semester-long, full-time professional experience relevant to performing arts and dance. You will complete a two-semester senior thesis on a topic relevant to dance, and containing interdisciplinary components. As performing arts majors, you will experience the integration of theory and practice through coursework, experiential learning, and independent field research and/or creative composition in the senior thesis sequence.


    Endicott Student Choreography Showcase
  • Curriculum

    Curriculum Requirements - Total Credits Required: 132

    First Year - Credits: 34

    • Quantitative Reasoning General Education Requirement (Cr: 3)
    • DAN 105 - Repertory Dance Ensemble (Cr: 1)
      (Students will take twice)
    • DAN 120 - Ballet Techniques (Cr: 1)
      (Students will take twice)
    • DAN 211 - Modern and Contemporary Dance Aesthetics  (Cr: 1)
      (Students will take twice)
    • DAN 225 - Dance History (Cr: 3)
    • DAN 235 - Mind and Body Awareness (Cr: 3)
    • DAN 325 - Dance History II: Dance in Society (Cr: 3)
    • DRA 220 - Introduction to Theater Production (Cr: 3)
    • ENG 111 - Critical Reading and Writing I (Cr: 3)
    • ENG 112 - Critical Reading and Writing II (Cr: 3)
    • INT 100 - Internship I (Cr: 2)
    • PA 100 - Introduction to Performing Arts (Cr: 3)
    • PA 101 - Performance Review (Cr: 1)
      (Students will take twice)

    Second Year - Credits: 33

    • Science and Technology General Education Requirement (Cr: 3)
    • Literary Perspectives General Education Requirement (Cr: 3)
    • Global Issues General Education Requirement (Cr: 3)
    • Individual and Society General Education Requirement (Cr: 3)
    • World Cultures General Education Requirement (Cr: 3)
    • ART 265 - Arts Administration I (Cr: 3)
    • ART 231 - Dance/Movement Therapy Foundations (Cr: 3)
    • DAN 105 - Repertory Dance Ensemble (Cr: 1)
    • DAN 109 - Commercial Dance: Practice and Survey (Cr: 1)
      (Students will take twice)
    • DAN 200 - Dance Composition (Choreography) (Cr: 3)
    • DAN 220 - Ballet Techniques II (Cr: 1)
    • DRA 105 - Theater Performance (Cr: 1)
    • INT 200 - Internship II (Cr: 2)
    • PA 101 - Performance Review (Cr: 1)
      (Students will take twice)

    Third Year - Credits: 34

    • General Education Electives (Cr: 9)
    • Values and Ethical Reasoning General Education Requirement (Cr: 3)
    • DAN 105 - Repertory Dance Ensemble (Cr: 1)
    • DAN 214 - Dance Improvisation (Cr: 1)
    • DAN 220 - Ballet Techniques II (Cr: 1)
      (Students will take twice)
    • DAN 305 - Dance Teaching Methods (Cr: 3)
    • DRA 105 - Theater Performance (Cr: 1)
    • PA 101 - Performance Review (Cr: 1)
      (Students will take twice)
    • PA 200 - Aesthetics in the Performing Arts (Cr: 3)
    • PA 300 - Performance Workshop I (Cr: 3)
    • PA 305 - Performance Workshop II (Cr: 3)
    • PA 310 - Audition and Portfolio (Cr: 3)

    Fourth Year - Credits: 31

    Aesthetic Awareness and Creative Expression General Education Requirement (Cr: 3)
    General Education Elective (Cr: 3)

    • DAN 105 - Repertory Dance Ensemble (Cr: 1)
    • DAN 300 - Dance Composition II (Cr: 3)
    • ENG 365 - Shakespeare (Cr: 3)
    • PA 480 - Semester Internship (Cr: 12)
    • PA 489 - Senior Thesis I (Cr: 3)
    • PA 490 - Senior Thesis II (Cr: 3)

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  • Internships and Careers

    An Endicott education means you'll graduate with a degree and a resume.

    Whether you pursue graduate school or embark on your career right away after graduation, we believe that your time at Endicott will prepare you for the next step.

    Internships: 

    Students are required to complete three internships within their major and/or minor. Internship sites have included: 

    • Performing Arts organizations (Boston Ballet, Urbanity Dance, Walt Disney College Program)

    • Dance companies throughout the U.S. and internationally

    • Dance Competitions 

    • Private Dance Studios/ Organizations 


    Jobs: 

    Many of our graduates have been employed with: 

    • Walt Disney World

    • New England Patriots Cheerleaders 

    • Boston Celtics Dancers

    • Norwegian Cruise Line

    • North Shore Music Theatre

    • National/ International Tours

    • Professional dance companies throughout the U.S. and internationally 

    • Dance Competitions and Convention circuits throughout the U.S. 

    • Private Business Owners of dance studios and programs 

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