Office: Elleonora P. McWilliams Hall
Phone: (504) 314-7761
Fax: (504) 865-6737
Department Chair: Barbara Hayley
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 (BA Dance, BA Dance: Movement Arts Track, BFA Dance) designed to provide serious dance students with a comprehensive background of ballet and modern techniques with extensive performance experience. Completion of a major 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, Reginald Ellis Crump (Monstah Black), Jim Lepore, Nicole Boyd Buckels, Jeffrey Lloyd Smith, and regular master classes in affiliation with the New Orleans Ballet Association main stage performing artists. 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 selected dancers take company class weekly in addition to their regularly scheduled technique classes. The dance company performs works choreographed by faculty members and guest artists. Every other year, the Newcomb Dance Company presents a faculty concert in the fall in the Lupin Theater. The Newcomb Dance Company also presents a major concert in Dixon Hall, traditionally each spring.
In the Fall semester, students choreograph works for the "Above the Oaks" concert, adjudicated by Newcomb Dance Faculty and for possible presentation at the regional American College Dance Association (ACDA). Every semester, the program 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 and offers two B.A.degrees and a B.F.A. degree. Students may audition for the B.A. in their freshman or sophomore years. B.A. majors may audition for the B.F.A. only in the spring semester of their sophomore year.
Major Programs: B.A. Dance, B.A. Dance: Movement Arts track, and B.F.A. Dance.
The Bachelor of Arts Dance curriculum focuses on development of technical abilities, and choreographic skill, with dance related electives. The program strives to unite academic and artistic inquiry with dance-related courses and cross over course work, as applicable, in other disciplines. Audition is required.
Note: Audition is required for the BA. Auditions are held every year in the fall semester.
The BA Dance major requires 33 credits as follows:
Electives Menu 1: Select 1 course (3 credits) from:
Electives Menu 2: Select 3 courses (9 credits) from:
* B.A. Dance: Movement Arts track Dance Technique (12 credits)
BA Dance: Movement Arts students must achieve a Level II standing or above for graduation. 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. Movement Arts students must continue to be enrolled in technique classes through graduation. For the BA Movement Arts candidate, the maximum number of dance technique credits that may count toward the 120 hours needed for graduation is 24 credits.
Dance technique options:
The Bachelor of Fine Arts curriculum in dance emphasizes professional level training within a liberal arts setting while focusing on the development of technical abilities, choreographic skill, teaching methods, dance technology, movement studies, the study of dance history, and other dance related courses. The program strives to unite academic and artistic inquiry with a wide range of course offerings in both practice and research. Audition is required.
The B.F.A. dance major requires 57 credits as follows:
Note: Auditions are required for the BFA degree. Candidates audition in the spring semester of their sophomore year. They may audition for the BA in their first year. BA auditions are held every year in the fall semester.
Major Courses (34 credits):
Dance Technique (23 credits, see below)*
TOTAL CREDITS: 57
* B.F.A. 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 (3830, 3840) will be placed at level IV (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. BFA candidates are required to enroll in both Intensive Modern Dance (4-day) and Intensive Ballet (4-day) each semester at their proper level III or IV. For the BFA candidate, the maximum number of dance technique credits that may be counted toward the 120 credit hours for graduation is 30 credits.
Ballet and Modern Dance (19 credits)
Jazz Technique (2 credits)
Dance Technique Elective (2 credits)
DANC 1510 Dance Composition I (3)
*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 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 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 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 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 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 2010 Performance (3)
Prof. Gunshol. 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. Same as THEA 2010. Students may not receive credit for both THEA 2010 and DANC 2010.
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 2520 Dance Composition II (3)
Prof. Cannon, 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 2810 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 2910 African Dance II (2)
Staff. 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 2930 Ballet II (2)
Staff. Continuation of DANC1930. May be taken for credit four 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 2970 Modern Dance II (2)
Staff. Continuation of 1970. May be taken for credit four times.
DANC 3240 African/Caribbean Based Social and Vernacular Dance Forms (3)
Prof. Trask. This course studies and compares selected social and vernacular dances from early American vernacular jazz dance and selected Afro-Caribbean dance idioms. Coursework includes assigned reading, lecture, research, videotape viewing and studio dancing.
DANC 3330 Pedagogy (3)
Profs. Escher, Hayley, Trask. 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 3520 Dance Composition III (3)
Profs. Hayley, Pascal Escher, Scott. Prerequisite DANC 2010 and DANC 2520. 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 and group works.
DANC 3550 Laban Movement Studies (3)
Prof. Pascal Escher. Laban Movement Analysis (LMA), developed by Rudolph Laban, is a theoretical framework and language for describing movement through movement experiences, observations and theoretical discussions. It is a system of observing, analyzing, and synthesizing patterns of movement within the context of the actions. The goal of LMA is to be fully embodied, to access maximum movement potential, to find authentic movement, and to integrate the body and mind in the study of effort, shape, and space.
DANC 3710 Conditioning for Dance (3)
Staff. This course investigates the principles of conditioning and how to use them to train, maintain and care for your body, the instrument of the art of dance. Builds physical capacities to improve your dance performance and reduce injury. Additionally, students are introduced to various somatic practices that support their studio work.
DANC 3800/DANC3830 Modern Dance III (2 or 3)
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 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 3820/DANC3840 Ballet III (2 or 3)
Profs. Hayley, Pascal Escher, 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 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 3990 Dance Performance Practicum (1)
Staff. Practical performing experience in dance. Required for the dance minor. May be taken for credit two times.
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)
Prof. Scott, Delima. An introduction to video documentation, documentary, and 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 4650 Choreographic Project (3)
Staff. Senior status required. Advanced choreographic work for students pursuing choreographic endeavors. Regular showing for faculty for feedback.
DANC 4710 Dance History: Primitive through 19th Century (3)
Prof. Cannon. 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)
Prof. Cannon. 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/DANC 4830 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/DANC 4840 Ballet IV (2 or 3)
Profs. Hayley, 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 4900 Building Community Through the Arts (BCA) (3 + S/L, 1)
Prof. Hayley. This course is taught in coordination with courses offered at Xavier University. The course examines the theory and practice of community-based arts, civic engagement in higher education, and the relationship between art and community development. Students will work in teams with local artists.
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 (2)
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 (2)
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 5140
DANA 2500 Intermediate Yoga (1)
Prof. Cannon, Staff. Priority is given to theatre and dance majors. This is an intermediate level vinyasa style yoga class that places an emphasis on the yoga asanas. We will use the breath to flow through sequences of yoga postures, including sun salutations, standing asanas, balancing asanas, arm balances, back bends, and inversions. This will be a rigorous physical experience, and as the semester progresses, advanced yoga postures will be introduced.