The goal of the Dance minor is to encourage original student choreography. The sequence of composition courses provides tools and the history course provides a context to help students develop and realize their artistic vision. The Dance minor culminates in an independent project which is formally presented in a spring concert. Dance minors work closely with faculty advisors through regularly scheduled showings as they develop their choreographic works. In addition, minors complete 4 credits of upper level modern technique.
Students are strongly encouraged to enroll in at least one Theatre course as part of completing the Dance minor. Courses addressing production and performance are most strongly recommended including THEA 201 (Beginning Acting), THEA 213 (Intro to Lighting), THEA 307 (Costume Patterning and Construction), and THEA 312 (Sound Design). This list is not exhaustive and other options may be discussed with any dance faculty member.
The broad range of majors pursued by Dance minors at William and Mary reflects the strength of our liberal arts tradition. Examples of majors paired with the Dance minor include: Africana Studies, Anthropology, Art, Biology, Business, Chemistry, Classical Studies, Computer Science, Economics, Education, English, French, Government, History, International Studies, Kinesiology, Latin American Studies, Music, Psychology, Public Policy, and Theatre.
How to Declare Your Dance Minor
You may declare your minor at anytime. When you are ready to declare your minor, fill out the Declaration of Academic Minor Form and deliver it to the Department Chair for a signature. After the form has been signed, take it to the Registrar's Office and the minor will be added to your record.