Dance has been part of the curriculum at Newcomb College since its founding in 1886. The faculty of the Newcomb Dance Program offers a dance major and minor designed to provide serious dance students with a comprehensive background of ballet and modern techniques with extensive performance experience. Completion of a major and minor prepares the student for further study on a university or professional level.
The Newcomb Dance Program regularly sponsors residencies and master classes with nationally acclaimed guest artists. Recent visiting artists include Kitty Daniels, Robert Small, Phyllis Lamhut, Annabelle Gamson, Rachel Lampert, Heywood "Woody" McGriff, Wade Madsen, James Martin, and Lynda Davis. Guest artists frequently choreograph pieces for the Newcomb Dance Company.
To provide for increased dance activity, the Newcomb Dance Club was founded in 1940 by Frances B. Bush, and continued under the guidance of Minnette L. Starts. As an outgrowth of the Newcomb Dance Club, the Newcomb Dance Company was established in 1984, under the direction of the current faculty. Newcomb continues to support dance as an important adjunct to a liberal arts education.
Students audition for the Newcomb Dance Company each fall. The dancers selected take company class weekly in addition to their regularly scheduled technique classes. The dance company performs works choreographed by faculty members and guest artists.
The Newcomb Dance Company also presents a major concert in Dixon Hall, traditionally each spring. In the fall, the company sponsors the Young Choreographers' Concert made up entirely of student works. This concert is open to dancers who are not members of the company. It gives all interested students a chance to participate in a dance production by choreographing, dancing, or helping with the technical work.
Admission is a two part process. Prospective dance majors must be admitted by both the University and the Dance Program. Admission to the Dance Program is contingent upon admission to Tulane University. Tulane University Office of Undergraduate Admission evaluates applicants according to university admissions procedures. The Dance Program accepts students on the basis of an audition.
Major Programs: B.A. and B.F.A.
The BA curriculum focuses on development of technical abilities, choreographic skill, teaching methods and the study of dance history. The program strives to unite academic and artistic inquiry with sustained civic engagement in the local and global community.
The Dance Major requires 41 credits as follows:
Major Courses (29 credits)
*Elective must be a 3-credit course at the 3000 or 4000 level, excluding technique classes.
Capstone Course (Required for Majors: Choice One) (3 credits)
Dance Technique (12 credits)
In ballet or modern dance students must achieve level IV in either ballet or modern dance technique and level III in the other in order to graduate. Students who demonstrate proficiency at the technique level III in modern dance or ballet (3800, 3820,3830,3840) will be place at level IV (4800, 4820,4830,4840). Each of these courses may be repeated for credit. Note: a minimum of two semesters of ballet and a minimum of two semesters of modern dance are required. Students will be evaluated at the end of each academic year. Dance majors must continue to be enrolled for credit in ballet or modern dance through graduation.
Dance Technique (12 credits)
*For a BA in dance candidate, the maximum number of dance technique credit hours that can be counted towards the 120 credit hours needed for graduation is 24 credits.
The Bachelor of Fine Arts curriculum emphasizes professional level training within a liberal arts setting while focusing on the development of technical abilities, choreographic skill, teaching methods and the study of dance history. The program strives to unite academic and artistic inquiry with sustained civic engagement in the local and global community.
The B.F.A. Dance Major requires 60 credits as follows:
Major Courses (37 credits)
*Elective must be a 3-credit course at the 3000 or 4000 level, excluding technique classes.
Capstone Course (Required for Major - Choose One) (3 credits)
* Students must also enroll in DANC 5110 Capstone Course, 0 credits
Dance Technique (23 credits)
Students must achieve level IV in either ballet or modern dance technique and level III in the other in order to graduate and will be evaluated at the end of each academic year. Students who demonstrate proficiency at the technique level III in modern dance or ballet (3800, 3820, 3830,3840) will be place at level IV (4800, 4820,4830,4840). Each of these courses may be repeated for credit. Dance majors must continue to be enrolled for credit in ballet and modern dance through graduation.
Ballet and Modern Dance (19 credits)
Jazz Dance Technique (2 credits)
Dance Technique Elective (2 credits)
*For a BFA in dance candidate, the maximum number of dance technique credit hours that can be counted towards the 120 credit hours needed for graduation is 30 hours.
Tulane students participate in many dance activities while working toward degrees in other fields and may also minor in dance.
A minor in dance consists of a minimum of 22 credits as follows:
*For persons minoring in dance, the maximum number of dance technique credit hours that can be counted towards the 120 credit hours needed for graduation is 16 hours.
In addition to these courses, the minor has the following requirements: Minors must be enrolled in a technique class and must reach the 300 level in either ballet or modern dance technique at least two semesters before graduation. Minors must continue to be enrolled for credit in ballet or modern technique through graduation. Note: a minimum of two semesters of ballet and a minimum of two semesters of modern dance are required. Minors must dance in two Newcomb Dance Program concerts before graduation.
DANC 1050 Language of Performance (3)
An interdisciplinary discussion course. This course meets three times per week, and is required of all theatre and dance majors. An introduction to the ways in which dance, theatre, and other related performative forms create and communicate meanings through various modes of production of languages or performance. This course examines the various verbal, visual, and kinesthetic languages employed by artists to generate and exchange meaning in performance. Same as THEA 105.
DANC 1510 Dance Composition I (3)
Staff. Prerequisites: approval of instructor. An introduction to dance composition with an emphasis on spatial design, sources of movement, viewing choreography, and the basic elements of space, time, shape, and motion.
DANC 1520 Dance Composition II (3)
Staff. Prerequisite: DANC 201 or DANC 151. A continuation of Dance 151 with emphasis on dynamics, rhythm, sound sources for choreography, and the structure of a dance work.
DANC 1810 Tap Dance I (2)
Prof. Trask. A beginning course in tap introducing basic rhythmic movement skills necessary for various tap styles. May be taken for credit two times.
DANC 2820 Tap Dance II (2)
Prof. Trask. Prerequisite: DANC 181. A continuation of the development of movement skills and an expanded tap vocabulary. May be taken for credit four times.
DANC 1910 African Dance I (2)
Staff. Introduction to basic technique and African ethnic dance forms including three traditional dances. May be taken for credit two times.
DANC 1920 Brazilian Dance (2)
Staff. Introduction to Brazilian dance, focusing especially on samba, the overview of history and cultural context. May be taken for credit two times.
DANC 1930 Ballet I (2)
Staff. An introduction to classical ballet. Basic theory and techniques of classical ballet as well as the appreciation of the art form. May be taken for credit two times.
DANC 2930 Ballet II (2)
Staff. Continuation of 193. May be taken for credit four times.
DANC 1950 Jazz Dance I (2)
Prof. Trask. An introductory course to the basic foundations of jazz dance, emphasizing body placement, isolations, and rhythmic qualities of jazz. May be taken for credit two times.
DANC 2950 Jazz Dance II (2)
Prof. Trask. A continuation of the development of movement skills with emphasis on alignment and expanded jazz dance vocabulary. May be taken for credit four times.
DANC 1970 Modern Dance I (2)
Staff. Introduction to modern dance technique, with emphasis on alignment and basic elements of space, shape, time, and motion. Includes theory and application of dance as an art form. May be taken for credit two times.
DANC 2970 Modern Dance II (2)
Staff. Continuation of 197. May be taken for credit four times.
DANC 2010 Performance (3)
Staff Corequisite or prerequisite: DANC 105. A structured and at times spontaneous exploration of space, time, shape, sound, scenario, motion, and expenditure of energy to the end of attracting and holding the attention of the audience. Students may not receive credit for both DANC 151 and THEA 201/DANC 201. Same as THEA 201.
DANC 2030 Movement for Actors (1)
Staff. This course is intended to introduce physical technique within the craft of acting, through investigation into physical structure, function and use, and exploration of physical character.
DANC 2210 Introduction to Dance – Ballet (3)
Staff. An introduction to classical ballet including beginning ballet technique and an overview of ballet history from its inception to the present day.
DANC 2220 Introduction to Dance - Modern Dance (3)
Staff. An introduction to modern dance including beginning modern dance technique and an overview of modern dance history from its inception to the present day.
DANC 2230 Introduction to Dance - Jazz Dance (3)
Prof. Trask, Staff. An introductory course for students who seek information regarding the different aspects of the dance world, including different genres (ballet, modern, jazz, and world dance). Special emphasis is given to the role of American Vernacular dance - jazz dance and its identity in the dance scene of America.
DANC 3050 - Environmental Performance (3)
Profs. Hayley, Pascal Escher. Environmental Performance is an interdisciplinary course that may in any semester combine theatre, dance and other performing arts as these concern environmental issues. Students will study environmental topics and then use composition and improvisation techniques to create a performance project based on the environmental issues studies. All students must be interested in collaborating and be willing to move. Dance experience is not necessary. Course may involve community partners and/or public service.
DANC 3330 – Pedagogy
Profs. Allen, Escher, Hayley, Trask, Willis. A seminar and practicum course providing opportunities for dance students to acquire skills in dance teaching methodologies and strategies. Topics include organization of subject matter, weekly and unit lesson planning, development of assessments, utilization of information technology for instruction, working with diverse populations of students. Activities include observation in college classrooms (shadowing), seminars and conferences with teachers in the field, in-class/micro/peer teaching, and 50 hours of field work including observation and consultation with dance field professor and field-experience teaching or assistant teaching at NOPS in discipline-based and/or curriculum based programs.
DANC 3810 Tap Dance III (2)
Prof. Trask. Prerequisite: previous training in tap and other dance forms required. An intermediate course in tap dance with emphasis on alignment and rhythmic skills. May be taken for credit six times.
DANC 3520 Dance Composition III (3)
Prof. Hayley, Prof. Pascal Escher. Prerequisit 201. An in-depth study of dance composition with an emphasis on choreographic design and dynamics, creating new movement materials, working with music, and choreographing complete solo works.
DANC 3610 Children’s Dance Methods and Practicum (3)
Staff. Prerequisites: DANC 151 and intermediate modern dance standing. A dance teaching and choreographic practicum in the New Orleans public school system, elementary level, targeted to complement existing language arts programs. Students work with dance faculty in selected public schools. Course work to include development of approach, practicum, performance by school children and evaluation. Same as EDUC 361
DANC 3620 Dance for Children (3)
Staff. Prerequisite: approval of instructor. Practical experience teaching dance to children. Students plan and teach dance to children in a workshop setting.
DANC 3800 Modern Dance III (2 or 3)
Prof. Pascal Escher, Staff. Continuation of the development of modern dance skills with emphasis on alignment and an expanded movement vocabulary. Combining the different elements of dance: time, space, and motion. Includes theory of dance as an art form. May be taken for credit six times.
DANC 3820 Ballet III (2 or 3)
Prof. Hayley, Staff. Continuation of the development of classical ballet technique with emphasis on alignment and expanded movement vocabulary. Includes theory of ballet and appreciation of ballet as an art form. May be taken for credit six times.
DANC 3890 Service Learning (1)
Staff. Prerequisite: Departmental approval. Students complete a service activity in the community in conjunction with the content of a three-credit course.
DANC 2910 African Dance II (2)
Prof. Jackson. Continuation of the development of African dance skills with emphasis on understanding and demonstrating basic components necessary to choreograph traditional African dance movements. May be taken for credit four times.
DANC 3950 Jazz Dance III (2)
Prof. Trask. A study of jazz dance at the intermediate level, including warm-ups, isolations, and locomotor movements specific to the jazz dance style. Historical developments of jazz and musical theatre dance are emphasized. May be taken for credit six times.
DANC 3960 New Orleans Jazz Dance Project: Newcomb College Summer Dance Festival (2)
Prof. Trask, Staff. The New Orleans Jazz Project: Newcomb College Summer Dance Festival is presented for two weeks annually in June offering an intensive schedule of technique classes in jazz, African, musical theatre, tap, hip hop, and modern dance forms, with repertory classes which culminates in performance by the participants. Lecture-demonstration projects, special lectures, and professional performances complete programming for evening events. Final decision on placement of students in technique and repertory classes will be determined by the faculty at the beginning of the workshop. The minimum requirement for credit is three classes per day, one repertory class and/or rehearsals, attendance for all evening sessions and special events, and performance in repertory concert. Combined activities total 76 hours.
DANC 3970 Professional Track Project (3)
Staff. Prerequisite: approval of dance faculty. An intensive three-week dance residency and performance tour throughout the southeast that culminates in a public performance in New York City. The project serves as a bridge for pre-professional dancers between the University and the professional career in dance.
DANC 3990 Dance Performance Practicum (1)
Staff. Practical performing experience in dance. Required for the dance minor. May be taken for credit two times.
DANC 4320 Movement Stories (3)
Prof. Hayley. An interdisciplinary studio course that examines creation of and communication of stories through movement and theatre approaches with emphasis on creativity and invention. Same as THEA 432.
DANC 4520 Composition IV (3)
Staff. Prerequisite: DANC 201, 352. A continuation of DANC 352 with emphasis on group forms, sound sources for dance and development of fully designed dance pieces.
DANC 4580 Dance Company (1)
Prof. Pascal Escher, Staff. Corequisite: intermediate or advanced technique class. Performing experience, advanced-level dance techniques and practical experience in dance production. By audition or invitation of the dance faculty. May be taken for credit eight times.
DANC 4590 Senior Production (3)
Staff. Prerequisites: DANC 201, 352, 452. A continuation of dance composition with emphasis on development, research and production of senior concert pieces with written analysis of process. May be taken for credit two times.
DANC 4600 Choreography and Media (3)
Staff. An introduction to dance for camera in its various forms. It provides a brief overview of aesthetic, historic, and cultural representations of the body through image and media and offers a context in which to explore visual imagery and narrative within the frame of camera/screen.
DANC 4710 Dance History: Primitive through 19th Century (3)
Staff. Prerequisite: DANC 105, 221, 222, or 223. A survey of dance, including the anthropological aspects of dance, in primitive cultures and the development of dance in the Western World.
DANC 4720 Dance History: 20th-Century United States (3)
Staff. A survey of dance in the 20th-century United States emphasizing the development of modern dance, its impact on classical ballet and on dance in the Western World.
DANC 4800 Modern Dance IV (2 or 3)
Staff. A kinesthetic, non-stylized approach to movement. Exploration of complex movement skills integrating alignment, dynamics, spatial design, and rhythmic structure. Includes theory and appreciation of dance as an art form. May be taken for credit eight times.
DANC 4810 Special Topics (1-3)
Staff. Specialty courses in dance techniques, projects, and dance related subjects as designed by dance faculty.
DANC 4820 Ballet IV (2 or 3)
Prof. Pascal Escher, Staff. Classical ballet technique with emphasis on alignment, complex movement combinations, and precision in execution. Includes pointe work and theory of ballet as an art form. May be taken for credit eight times.
DANC 4850 Capstone Special Topics
Prof. Allen, Escher, Hayley, Trask. Approval of instructor and department required. Specialty courses in dance techniques, projects and dance related subjects as designed by dance faculty. A senior level course that may combine academic and/or experiential course work as internship or senior seminar or independent study that would fulfill a capstone experience. Course will contain advanced work that demonstrates cumulative and integrated knowledge. A complete description will be given when offered by respective professor.
DANC 4910 Independent Study (1-3)
Staff. Independent practical and research study in dance or dance-related areas. Open to qualified juniors and seniors with approval of instructor.
DANC 4950 Jazz Dance IV (1)
Prof. Trask. An advanced study of dance devoted to movement exploration involving spatial, dynamic, and rhythmic combinations of various jazz and musical theatre dance styles. Historical study of jazz dance development is emphasized. May be taken for credit eight times.
DANC 4960 Tap Dance IV (1)
Staff. Prerequisite: approval of instructor. An advanced course in rhythm tap with emphasis on complex rhythm patterns requiring intricate foot articulations and stylistic dance movements. May be taken for credit eight times.
DANC H4990, H5000 Honors Thesis (3, 4)
Staff. Requires approval department and Honors Committee.
DANC 5140 Secondary Methods II: Dance Educational Methods (6-12) (3)
Staff. Same as EDUC 514.
DANA 2400 Beginner/Intermediate Pilates (2)
Staff. Priority is given to theatre and dance majors. A comprehensive study of the fundamentals of mat work designed by Joseph Pilates: alignment, posture and the balance of stretch, strength and control. Emphasis is given to the principles behind the Pilates Method of Body Conditioning: centering, concentration, control, precision, breath and flow. The course will guide students to an intermediate level of work.
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