Train with faculty who customize their approach to your capabilities, and prepare you to perform. Train with faculty who customize their approach to your capabilities, and prepare you to perform. Train with faculty who customize their approach to your capabilities, and prepare you to perform. Train with faculty who customize their approach to your capabilities, and prepare you to perform. Train with faculty who customize their approach to your capabilities, and prepare you to perform.

College of Arts & Sciences

Department of Art & Theatre

Dance

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Why choose dance at North Central College?

You’ll enjoy the rare opportunity to both train and perform. This unusual combination will make you a better dancer—but it will also increase your joy in your work. Whether you study ballet, tap, jazz or choreography (or all four), your faculty will take a personal interest in your growth, customize instruction to your capabilities and challenge you as you prepare for performances. You’ll top off your minor by performing or choreographing two pieces for North Central’s Senior Dance Showcase.

You may also:

  • Perform in faculty-directed and professionally choreographed main stage productions.
  • Join the Cardinal Dance Company, a 60-member, student-managed group that produces an annual show.
  • Join the Dance Team, a high-performance cheer team that incorporates advanced dance into routines at athletic events.

More Department information

Dance Minor

For additional programs and courses in this department, see Theatre.

Minor Requirements

A minimum of 24 credit hours, including:

Core Requirements

  • THEA 120 - Musical Theatre Dance I

    THEA 120 - Musical Theatre Dance I

    2.00 credit hours

    Introduction to jazz, ballet and tap techniques for the stage. Practical dance coursework is also supplemented with the basic building blocks of choreography. No prior dance experience is necessary and this course is open to all students interested in dance training for performance. This course may be repeated for credit once.

    Prerequisite(s)

    Concurrent enrollment in THEA 224.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • THEA 220 - Musical Theatre Dance II

    THEA 220 - Musical Theatre Dance II

    2.00 credit hours

    Continuing instruction of jazz, ballet and tap techniques for the stage, building upon skills obtained in THEA 120. Practical dance coursework is also supplemented with the basic building blocks of choreography. This course is open to all students interested in dance training for performance. This course may be repeated for credit once.

    Prerequisite(s)

    THEA 120.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • THEA 222 - Jazz Dance

    THEA 222 - Jazz Dance

    2.00 credit hours

    A concentration on jazz dance, particularly as it appears in a variety of musical theatre styles. Builds and expands upon the jazz dance portion of THEA 220. This course may be repeated for credit once.

    Prerequisite(s)

    Concurrent enrollment in THEA 120.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • THEA 223 - Tap Dance

    THEA 223 - Tap Dance

    2.00 credit hours

    A concentration on tap dance, particularly as it appears in a variety of musical theatre styles. Builds and expands upon the tap dance portion of THEA 220. This course may be repeated for credit once.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • THEA 224 - Ballet

    THEA 224 - Ballet

    2.00 credit hours

    A concentration on ballet, particularly as it appears in a variety of classical theatre styles and as it underpins modern dance styles. Builds and expands upon the ballet portion of THEA 220. This course may be repeated for credit once.

    Prerequisite(s)

    Concurrent enrollment in THEA 120.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • THEA 225 - Contemporary Modern Dance

    THEA 225 - Contemporary Modern Dance

    2.00 credit hours

    A study of modern and postmodern dance techniques. Students become equally proficient in traditional modern technique and the latest developments in contemporary dance. This course may be repeated for credit once.

    Prerequisite(s)

    THEA 220.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • THEA 307 - Dance History

    THEA 307 - Dance History

    4.00 credit hours

    The comprehensive history of Western theatrical dance from the first court ballets of the late 16th century through early 21st century Postmodernism. The course explores dance aesthetics, choreographers, dancers and critical theory in the cultural context of each period and culture.

    Prerequisite(s)

    Junior standing.

    Schedule Of Classes

Electives

Eight credit hours from the following:

  • THEA 322 - Advanced Jazz Dance

    THEA 322 - Advanced Jazz Dance

    2.00 credit hours

    Advanced study of jazz technique including more complex steps and sequences. Emphasizes technique and styling, building upon the foundational skills introduced in THEA 222. This course may be repeated for credit once.

    Prerequisite(s)

    THEA 222.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • THEA 323 - Advanced Tap Dance

    THEA 323 - Advanced Tap Dance

    2.00 credit hours

    Advanced study of tap dance technique, building upon the foundational skills introduced in THEA 223. Students develop more complex steps, variations, sequences, rhythmic patterns, increased tempo and duration. Emphasis is on technique, musicality and styling, including an introduction to improvisation. Tap shoes are required. This course may be repeated once for credit.

    Prerequisite(s)

    THEA 223.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • THEA 324 - Advanced Ballet

    THEA 324 - Advanced Ballet

    2.00 credit hours

    Continues the development of all foundational areas of classical ballet, and expands the ballet vocabulary for dancers pursuing both classical and contemporary practice. Builds upon the skills introduced in THEA 224. This course may be repeated once for credit.

    Prerequisite(s)

    THEA 224.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • THEA 329 - Choreography

    THEA 329 - Choreography

    2.00 credit hours

    A survey of techniques and skills required to create and notate dance and movement for the stage. Exploring methods for approaching various types of work, students develop and stage their own dance creations. This course may be repeated once for credit.

    Prerequisite(s)

    THEA 220.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • THEA 429 - Advanced Topics in Dance and Choreography

    THEA 429 - Advanced Topics in Dance and Choreography

    2.00-4.00 credit hours

    Occasional seminar topic or studio workshop allowing for advanced study of dance or choreography. Special topics may include the in depth exploration of a single style, technique or aesthetic trend in dance history, the exploration of a single choreographer and her work or engagement with current trends in contemporary dance practice and choreography.

    Prerequisite(s)

    Instructor consent.

    Schedule Of Classes

Theatre Practicum Requirement

Three semesters of Theatre Practicum (THEA 115 , THEA 116 , THEA 117 and/or THEA 118 ). Practicum credit is given to students participating in departmental productions. Students may get credit for: 1) Being in a show as a dancer 2) Working on a show in a production assignment having to do with dance. Examples include: Choreographer, Assisstant Choreographer or Dance Captain. Practicum courses may be taken for credit or no credit, and a maximum of six hours may count towards the 128 hours required for graduation. These hours are in addition to, not part of, the hours required for the minor.

Dance Internships and Jobs

A North Central education integrates career preparation with rich academic study. Our faculty encourages you to refine and apply your knowledge in an interconnected world. Here you'll learn to think independently and work globally to solve problems and lead.

Careers

Recent graduates in dance include:

  • Ballroom and round dance teacher, St. Charles, IL
  • Instructor of modern dance, BDA Dance, Crest Hill, IL
  • Instructor of jazz and hip hop dance, Naperville Park District, Naperville

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