Theatre Major: Dance Option (B.A.)

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A diverse program in dance is offered as an option within the Department of Theatre and Dance. This option is designed to give the dance teacher, choreographer, and/or performer the skills needed to embark on a successful career. Technique courses in ballet, pointe, tap, jazz, and the aerial arts are at the core of this program. Courses in pedagogy, composition, dance history, and choreography allow dancers to explore a variety of disciplines in the dance field. In addition, dancers are introduced to the technical aspects involved in staging a full-scale performance. Performance opportunities include yearly faculty-directed dance concerts and student-created dance showcases each semester. Dancers may focus on one or all dance forms.

Contact Gay Nardone, Newman Dance Studio, (603) 862-1728,

In the freshman and sophomore years, students should enroll for at least two major and two Discovery courses per semester. The minimum grade requirement for major courses is C- per course. Any grade lower than C- will not count toward the major. Under department policy, students who complete both COMM 401 American Sign Language I and COMM 402 American Sign Language II (American Sign Language) satisfy the bachelor of arts language proficiency requirement. All majors must take courses in the following areas: performance, design/theatre technology, and theory/history as well as fulfill between four and eight practicums and complete a capstone course. Although timing will vary with each option, it is strongly suggested that all introductory courses be taken prior to the end of the student's sophomore year.

The required minimum overall GPA in major coursework is 2.0.

Candidates for a degree must satisfy all of the University Discovery Program requirements in addition to satisfying the requirements of each individual major program. Bachelor of arts candidates must also satisfy the foreign language proficiency requirement.

Major department courses may not be used to satisfy Discovery category requirements except in the case of a second or dual major.

All UNH B.A. degrees require a minimum of 128 credit hours.

Required Courses
THDA 459Stagecraft4
or THDA 460 Elements of Design
THDA 487History of Dance4
THDA 551Acting I4
THDA 589Practicum (A - D) 14-8
Independent Study
and Independent Study (Writing Intensive)
THDA 799Capstone Project2
Theory Courses
THDA 633Dance Composition4
THDA 732Choreography4
THDA 786Dance Pedagogy4
Fine Arts
Select 8 credits of the following:8
Fundamentals of Music Theory
Fundamentals of Music Theory
Music of the Romantic Period
Music of the 20th and 21st Centuries
Philosophy and the Arts
Famous Dancers of the 20th Century
Elements of Design
Costume Design for the Theatre
Stage Lighting Design and Execution
Musical Theatre I
Musical Theatre Scene Study
Senior Thesis
Select 16 credits of the following:16
Ballet I
Theatre Dance I
Ballet II (May be repeated to 16 cr)
Theatre Dance II (May be repeated to 16 cr)
Dance Theatre Performance (Repeatable to 16 cr)
Ballet III (May be repeated to 16 cr)
Theatre Dance III (May be repeated to 16 cr)
Aerial Dance (May be repeated to 16 cr)
Special Topics
Total Credits56-60

The practicum ensures a breadth of experience in the major, including sets, costumes, lighting, props, box office, marketing, and performing.  Students must register for practicum every semester.  They are notified of their practicum assignment at the beginning of each semester.