The dance minor provides a historical and theoretical foundation for the students' creative work. Students will participate in dance creation and performance, and develop technical skills that will deepen their scholarly appreciation of dance as a medium. Our primary goal is to enable you to articulate the visual and physical spheres of dance and to be able to write and to speak clearly about dance. You should develop an ability to see your own art work within the context of the larger field of dance, and then in relation to general art aesthetics.
The minor is designed to balance creative and performance aspects of dance with historical and theoretical aspects. Our students are expected to attain and/or maintain the intermediate to high intermediate level of either ballet, modern or African dance technique.
Requirements for the Minor: 6 credits total
- 5 academic course credits
- 1 technique and performance credit (2 half-credit courses)
- 20 hours crew and production support
Download: Minor Worksheet
Academic Course Credits: 5 full-credit courses
- DANCE101 Introduction to Dance or DANCE165 Let's Dance! Live Art and Performance (1 credit)
- DANCE105S Dance Composition (1 credit)
- One credit in Dance History, Theory or World Cultures of Dance selected from the following courses:
- Two additional full credit courses in Dance at the 200-level or above. See Courses.
Technique and Performance Credit: 2 half-credit courses
- One full credit of repertory (taken across two semesters as two half credit courses).
Crew and Production Support for Performances
- Twenty (20) hours total of crew and production work are required of each student who has declared a Dance Minor. This may be completed at any time during the four-year undergraduate experience.
Substitutions for the minor requirements may be made only with the permission of the Director of Undergraduate Studies (DUS). For example, with the permission of the DUS, a student may be allowed to substitute a full-credit dance course for one of the required repertory courses.
Courses taken abroad may fulfill minor requirements.
Students are encouraged to enroll in at least one summer session with the American Dance Festival (ADF). One course credit earned at the ADF may be counted toward the minor requirements.
Through the Duke in New York Arts Program students have the opportunity to spend the fall semester of the junior or senior year studying in New York City. Appropriate courses taken at New York University may fulfill minor requirements.
Selecting an Advisor
Upon declaration of the minor, make an appointment with the Director of Undergraduate Studies. An advisor will be assigned to each student.