Dance Minor in The Department of Music
The Dance Program at Northeastern Illinois University (NEIU) is one of the most versatile programs available, encouraging creativity and independence while also focusing on the development of technical skills. Small class sizes afford students the opportunity to study with outstanding faculty as well as the many internationally acclaimed guest artists who conduct master classes, lectures and workshops on campus.
In consultation with Dance Program advisor Dr. Venetia Stifler, students design an individualized and appropriately balanced Minor in Dance to meet personal interests and needs.
The Minor in Dance (30 credit hours) has several required courses:
- MUS/DANC 101 Introduction to the Art of Dance
(pre-requisite to Dance Composition)
- MUS/DANC 360 Dance Composition
(2 semesters taken consecutively)
- MUS/DANC 204 Repertory Ensemble (3 semesters)
In addition students are required to study at least two styles of dance. The Dance Program offers technique classes in Ballet, Modern Dance, Jazz Dance and Spanish Dance. Some dance classes may be taken for credit more than once. Consult with the Coordinator of Dance for more information. Additional courses for completing a Minor in Dance are chosen from the following offerings:
- MUS/DANC 380 Contemporary Dance Education
MUS/DANC 365 Dance Production
MUS/DANC 203 Field Experience (see below)
MUS/DANC 390 Seminar in Dance Performance
In-Residence Field Experience Opportunities
Students in the Dance program have direct access to the dance resources that are part of NEIU's rich performance community, where they can see professional performances live, take master classes from guest choreographers, and have hands-on production and performance experience. They may also study in Chicago professional studios and companies if qualified.
Major in Dance-University Without Walls Program (UWW)
This program is a competency based program that leads to a Bachelor of Arts degree. This is an ideal program for professional dancers seeking a degree because their performance experience can be applied to course credits. Students interested in exploring UWW are encouraged to contact either Dr. Venetia Stifler or Rachel Burton for additional information.