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The Department of Dance at SUNY Brockport SUNY Brockport seeks to provide a rigorous and nurturing environment for the development of artists, scholars, choreographers, and educators. We support creativity through conceptualization and performance. The Department of Dance comprises artists, scholars, and educators who train dancers on the graduate and undergraduate level for a wide variety of careers in the arts. Through consistent advisement and mentoring, the department supports students in identifying, pursuing, and achieving their unique career goals.

The department has some of the best dance facilities in the country, including its own fully equipped proscenium dance theater, a large-space studio theater, five studios, a body-conditioning lab, costume and scene shops, and computerized music and design studios. Faculty and professional staff are nationally and internationally recognized in their areas of expertise and are leaders in professional organizations such as CORD, NASD and NDEO.

Undergraduates with a strong foundation of dance training are invited to participate in the program by auditioning to enroll as dance majors or minors in the BA or BS programs, and are eligible to apply to the BFA program in the second semester. Additionally, the department offers three graduate degrees and serves a large number of students through courses that fulfill General Education requirements.

Admission to the Program

All students wishing to minor in dance must pass a department audition. Three auditions are scheduled each year.

The department also offers many nonmajor dance courses which are open to students in all degree programs - no audition is required for this option.

Note to transfer students: Transfer credits to the dance minor are usually accepted as dance electives. A maximum of 9 credits may be transferred into the dance minor.

Dance Minor Requirements

The minor in dance requires 18 credits (out of 120) in dance and offers introductory study in dance technique, choreography, history and education. Up to 36 additional elective dance credits may be taken to meet graduation requirements.  Students who take these additional elective credits should consider enrolling in the dance major.

Dance minors are interested in combining a minor in dance with a major in any number of other areas selected from among the College’s majors. Dance minor requirements can be completed during two academic years.

Grades of "C" or higher are required in all 18 required dance credits.

The minor consists of 18 credits of dance coursework.

Required Courses

18 credits total, as follows:

Required courses (13 credits):

  • DNS 204 Experiential Anatomy and Conditioning
  • DNS 205 Modern Dance I
  • DNS 245 Modern Dance II
  • DNS 253 Ballet I
  • DNS 364 Dance Improvisation

One of the following six courses:

  • DNS 206 21st Century Dance History: Issues and Styles
  • DNS 305 Kinesiology for Dancers
  • DNS 306 Beginning Dance Composition
  • DNS 300 Music for Dance
  • DNS 483 Children's Dance I (3 credits)
  • DNS 487 Dance Pedagogy (3 credits)

One additional upper division DNS elective course: (2 or 3 credits)