Carthage offers a minor in dance for students who want to pursue dance in addition to their major area of study. Offered through the Carthage Theatre Department, the dance minor consists of 24 credits in technique, foundations, and complementary courses for students with varying levels of experience.
The Dance Minor
Dancers take courses in ballet, jazz, modern dance, tap, ballroom and Pilates, as well as composition, history of dance, improvisation and repertory. Courses are offered by the Carthage Theatre Department. The program also includes special topics courses that enhance learning experiences through specific emphasis and examination.
Carthage dance students have opportunities to choreograph their own dances and perform in two main stage dance productions each year, as well as participate in other theatre, campus, and community events. The Fall Dance Concert gives students the opportunity to perform faculty choreography, as well as works created by regional and national dance artists. The Spring Dance Concert includes dance works developed by students with guidance from faculty.
In recent productions, the Carthage Dance Program has introduced dancers to master works created by pioneers in the field of dance through the American Dance Legacy Initiative’s Repertory Etudes™ Instructional Collection. These main stage productions fulfill a commitment for developing versatile and well-rounded dance artists open to the possibilities for dance while taking root in its legacy.
Scholarships are available to first-year dance minors. Scholarship awards range from $2,500 to $5,000 per year, and are renewable. Entrance auditions are not required for students who wish to minor in dance, but an audition is required for scholarship consideration and technique course placement. The audition period has passed for fall 2017 freshmen. If you are a freshman entering in fall 2018, audition dates will be released in October 2017.
Students who are interested in the dance minor, scholarship opportunities and dance courses can contact the Theatre Department for more information, or contact Stacy Pottinger, director of the dance minor.
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