Concentrations

At Duke, you will come to understand dance as a much more than a dance style or technique. Our curriculum allows you to explore dance expression from a historical and cultural perspective, and gain modern professional skills--whether your interests lie on the stage, behind it, or elsewhere. You can customize your course makeup, engage in undergraduate research and independent study, and explore the arts scene through study away programs such as Duke Arts in New York.

Note: You cannot count a course twice towards graduation requirements in the major. Courses that fulfill the concentration requirements below cannot also fulfill the requirements for dance history, theory or world cultures.

Choreography & Performance

The performing and creative arts are about communicating and reflecting the deepest hopes and concerns of the society that produces them. Our goal is to develop creative and articulate artists who are proficient in technique, performance, theory, and critical analysis, and who are able to use dance to communicate their experiences, ideas and perceptions as a world citizen.

Dance integrates the creative, intellectual, physical and emotive spheres and leads one to apprehend, understand, analyze and produce knowledge in a way unique among disciplines.

Students must choose two credits (two courses) to fulfill a concentration in this area. Course options are as follows:

Dance of the 20th & 21st Centuries

Dance can be examined as an educative force, a facilitator of cultural acquisition, and a reflection of cultural change. Our students explore the ways dance has affected and been affected by scientific discoveries and technological advances; by the art and practice of war; or by globalization and the impact of westernization.

Our goal is to examine the ongoing (r)evolution in how we create, present and appreciate art. The living, kinetic artifacts of movement - dance forms and dance choreography - are critical research components that provide scholars the tools to discuss and analyze specific cultures and communities, periods of dance history and the work of seminal creative artists.

Students must choose two credits (two courses) to fulfill a concentration in this area. Course options are as follows:

Human Movement in its Cultural Context

We believe the study of dance is an essential tool for understanding humanity. We teach that the observation and analysis of dance in its cultural context is central to the study of cultures and a vital aspect of exploration in cross-cultural inquiry.

A culture's values are embodied (literally and figuratively) in its dance forms, and for most civilizations of the world, dance is one of the most important expressions of their world-view. For example, dance—as a concentrated physical behavior—distills both historical and current cultural values. And movement forms illuminate and define gender, forge personal and group identities, and reflect and define political and religious status and aesthetic values.

Students must choose two credits (two courses) to fulfill a concentration in this area. Course options are as follows: