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FOR INFORMATION contact
Jordeen Ivanov-Ericson
Liberal Arts Building, Room 203
(313) 927-1307
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Susan Panek
Liberal Arts Building, Room 203
(313) 927-1568
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PROGRAMS OFFERED
Bachelor of Fine Arts/Dance Performance (BFA)
Bachelor of Arts/Dance (BA)
Bachelor of Arts/Performing Arts (BA)
Minor/Dance Performance
Minor/Performing Arts
Minor/Theatre
Minor/Fine Arts
Teacher Certification K-12

FACULTY
Jordeen Ivanov-Ericson, Associate Professor
Greg Grobis, M.F.A.
Penny Godboldo, Ph.B., M.A.
Danté Henderson, Adjunct Faculty
Gwen Lindsay, M.F.A.
Leslie Love, M.F.A.
Susan Panek, B.F.A., M.A.
Tracy Halloran Pearson, M.F.A.
Jonathon Cash, B.F.A., Company Manager & Recruitment Counselor

POTENTIAL CAREERS
Choreographer • Costume Designer • Critic • Dance Artist • Dance Historian • Educator • Private Studio Owner • Stage/Television/Film Artist

Dance Overview

Through the innovation of leading dance artists, trends of political, emotional, and social issues are documented by means of choreographic work.  As a result, throughout history, the dance arts have dramatically influenced the evolution of urban society and social phenomena.  And, based on the principal that technical proficiency is decisive in a competitive dance performance, dance technique in the ballet, modern, and jazz dance idioms form the foundation of the Marygrove College Dance Department curriculum. Marygrove’s specialized dance degree programs, together with the Marygrove liberal arts education, create a plan of study designed for the specific interest of each student. The Department of Dance presents a four to five year program leading to a Bachelor of Fine Arts/ Dance Performance, Bachelor of Arts/Dance, or a minor in dance.

SPECIFIC INFORMATION

The Bachelor of Fine Arts/Dance Performance degree program is specifically designed for the student prepar¬ing for a professional career as a performer in dance. This specialized program requires 66 credit hours in dance technique and 23 credit hours in related theory courses. Dance majors seeking a BFA/Dance Performance must maintain a cumulative 3.0 grade point average in all dance technique and related required courses.

The Bachelor of Arts/Dance degree program is designed for students who wish to major in dance, but would like to take greater advantage of the Liberal Arts academic experience. A total of 53 credit hours in dance technique and 23 credit hours in dance theory classes are required. In addition, the student must complete 20 credit hours of a chosen minor.  Dance majors seeking a BA/Dance degree must maintain a cumulative 2.5 in all dance technique and related required courses.

The Bachelor of Arts/Performing Arts program is an individualized, interdisciplinary major across three departments; dance, music, and theatre. It is also a collaborative venture between two institutions; Marygrove College and the University of Detroit Mercy. The performing arts major is a 60 credit individualized major combining coursework in dance, music and theatre. An interested student will meet with the co-chair of the Dance Department for an advisor to be assigned in the primary concentration. See the Performing Arts/Theatre section of the catalog for additional information.

The Minor in Dance Performance is for the student with prior dance experience who would like to continue their dance training and have the opportunity to perform. A total of 24 credit hours of dance technique and theory courses complete the dance minor.

The Minor in Performing Arts provides an opportunity to experience the performing arts in a larger, collective sense. The performing arts group minor consists of 24 hours of course work selected from the following areas: music, dance, English and theater.  A performing arts minor may include up to 12 credits from The Theatre Department at the University of Detroit Mercy.
See the Performing Arts/Theatre section of the catalog for additional information.

The Minor in Theatre provides an introduction to theatre. A Theatre Minor consists of 24 hours of course work and may include up to 12 credits from The Theatre Department at the University of Detroit Mercy. See the Performing Arts/Theatre section of the catalog for additional information.

Admission/Audition
Acceptance into each of the dance programs is based on a formal dance audition. The audition is held by members of the dance faculty. Proficiency at the inter¬mediate level in the ballet, modern or jazz dance idiom is required for acceptance as a dance major/minor. Prospec¬tive dance students may not audition until they have completed the Admissions process, and have been accepted into Marygrove College’s academic program. All incoming dance majors will be designated as Bachelor of Arts/Dance degree candidates.  At the conclusion of the freshmen year, the student may petition the dance department faculty and request to change their academic program to the BFA Dance Performance degree.

Career Information
Marygrove’s various dance programs are designed for the particular interest of each student while main¬taining the highest standard accepted in the profes¬sional workplace. A degree in dance completed at Marygrove College prepares the student for a future as a performer, educator, choreographer, musical theatre entertainer, critic, dance historian, private studio owner, or further studies beyond the bachelor degree.

SPECIAL ELEMENTS OF THE PROGRAM

Talent Scholarships
A limited number of talent scholarships are granted each academic year. Awards are granted upon the completion of the admissions process and at the time of audition. Talent scholarships may be combined with academic awards. Please contact the Office of Admissions for further information.

Credit for Professional Experience
Credit may be granted for professional experience through the port¬folio assessment. Transfer credits are accepted with certain guidelines. Please contact the dance depart¬ment for further information.

Professional Performances
Marygrove’s dance program is professionally oriented and emphasizes broad performance experience. All majors/minors are members of the Marygrove College Dance Company or Company II.  The dance company performs informally on campus, off-campus in lecture demonstrations, as guest artists with local dance companies, and three full-scale proscenium productions in the Marygrove College Theatre.  In addition, the dance department participates in the Michigan Dance Council (MDC) and the American College Dance Festival (ACDFA) conferences.

Guest Artists
Opportunities to interact and study with international instructors and choreographers are offered throughout the academic year to the Marygrove undergraduate dance major/minor. These affiliations with master art¬ists often lead to opportunities in the professional field for Marygrove dance department graduates.

Honor Society
The dance department offers membership to The National Dance Honor Society, Nu Delta Alpha Chapter for all eligible dance majors/minors.

 

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Bachelor of Fine Arts/Dance Performance (B.F.A.)

The Bachelor of Fine Arts/ Dance Performance requires completion of 66 credit hours in dance tech­nique courses and completion of the following components:

A. General Education Requirements

See the general education requirements page

B. Required Technique Courses: 66 credit hours

Ballet – 24 cr. hours (8 semesters)

DAN 250                                        3 cr.         Ballet I                                  

DAN 251                                        3 cr.         Ballet II 

DAN 350                                        3 cr.         Ballet III

DAN 351                                        3 cr.         Ballet IV

DAN 380                                        3 cr.         Ballet V        

DAN 381                                        3 cr.         Ballet VI        

DAN 450                                        3 cr.         Ballet VII

DAN 451                                        3 cr.         Ballet VIII

Modern – 16 cr. hours (8 semesters)

DAN 270                                        2 cr.         Modern I

DAN 271                                        2 cr.         Modern II

DAN 370                                        2 cr.         Modern III

DAN 371                                        2 cr.         Modern IV

DAN 390                                        2 cr.         Modern V

DAN 391                                        2 cr.         Modern VI

DAN 470                                        2 cr.         Modern VII

DAN 471                                        2 cr.         Modern VIII    

 

Jazz – 4 cr. hours  

DAN 377                                        1 cr.         Jazz

Including – 22 cr. hours      

DAN 201                                        2 cr.         Dance/Theatre/Performance I         

DAN 202                                        2 cr.         Dance/Theatre/Performance II

DAN 301                                        2 cr.         Dance/Theatre/Performance III

DAN 302                                        2 cr.         Dance/Theatre/Performance IV               

DAN 252                                        1 cr.         Contemporary Partnering I

DAN 352                                        1 cr.         Contemporary Partnering II

DAN 272                                        1 cr.         Dance Improvisation

DAN 273                                        2 cr.         Dance Composition I

DAN 400                                        2 cr.         Dance Composition II 

DAN 190 or 376                             1 cr.         Elementary or Intermediate/Advanced Tap

DAN 346                                        1 cr.         Teaching Theory

DAN 307 or 310                             1 cr.         Pointe/Variations or Men’s Technique

DAN 379                                        1 cr.         Ethnic/World Dance Forms                          

DAN 496                                        3 cr.         Senior Seminar

C. Related Required Courses: 23 credit hours

DAN 275                                        2 cr.        History of Dance I

DAN 276                                        3 cr.         History of Dance II

MUS101                                         3 cr.         Fundamentals of Music

DAN 161                                        3 cr.         Fundamentals of Acting

DAN 266                                        3 cr.         Production Technology

BIO 141                                         3 cr.         Nutrition thru the Life Cycle

BIO 257                                         4 cr.         Anatomy and Physiology  

ART 211  or                                   2 cr.         Introduction to Computer Graphics: Imaging

ART 221                                                        Introduction to Computer Graphics: Graphic Design

D. Electives

8 credit hours of elective studies

 

 

Bachelor of Arts/Dance (B.A.)

The Bachelor of Arts/ Dance requires completion of 53 credit hours in dance technique courses and completion of the following components:

A. General Education Requirements

See the general education requirements page

B. Required Technique Courses:   53 credit hours

Ballet – 18 cr. hours (6 semesters)

DAN 250                                        3 cr.         Ballet I                                  

DAN 251                                        3 cr.         Ballet II 

DAN 350                                        3 cr.         Ballet III

DAN 351                                        3 cr.         Ballet IV

DAN 380                                        3 cr.         Ballet V        

DAN 381                                        3 cr.         Ballet VI        

 

Modern – 12 cr. hours (6 semesters)

DAN 270                                        2 cr.         Modern I

DAN 271                                        2 cr.         Modern II

DAN 370                                        2 cr.         Modern III

DAN 371                                        2 cr.         Modern IV

DAN 390                                        2 cr.         Modern V

DAN 391                                        2 cr.         Modern VI

 

Jazz – 2 cr. hours  

DAN 377                                       

 

Including – 21 cr. hours 

DAN 201                                        2 cr.         Dance/Theatre/Performance    I          

DAN 202                                        2 cr.         Dance/Theatre/Performance II

DAN 301                                        2 cr.         Dance/Theatre/Performance III

DAN 302                                        2 cr.         Dance/Theatre/Performance IV

DAN 272                                        1 cr.         Dance Improvisation

DAN 273                                        2 cr.         Dance Composition I

DAN 400                                        2 cr.         Dance Composition II

DAN 252                                        1 cr.         Contemporary Partnering I

DAN 190 or 376                             1 cr.         Elementary or Intermediate/Advanced Tap

DAN 346                                        1 cr.         Teaching Theory

DAN 307 or 310                             1 cr.         Pointe/Variations or Men’s Technique

DAN 379                                        1 cr.         Ethnic/World Dance Forms                               

DAN 496                                        3 cr.         Senior Seminar

 

C. Related Required Courses: 23 credit hours

DAN 275                                        2 cr.         History of Dance I

DAN 276                                        3 cr.         History of Dance II

MUS101                                        3 cr.          Fundamentals of Music

DAN 161                                        3 cr.         Fundamentals of Acting

DAN 266                                        3 cr.         Production Technology

BIO 141                                         3 cr.          Nutrition thru the Life Cycle

BIO 257                                         4 cr.          Anatomy and Physiology  

ART 211  or                                   2 cr.          Introduction to Computer Graphics: Imaging

ART 221                                                         Introduction to Computer Graphics: Graphic Design

 

D. Required Minor

20 credit hours of minor studies

 

E. Electives

1 credit hour of elective studies

Minor in Dance Performance

The minor requires a minimum of 24 credit hours in dance technique courses and completion of the following components:

B. Required Technique Courses: 19 credit hours

Ballet – 9 cr. hours (3 semesters)

DAN 250                                        3 cr.         Ballet I                                 
DAN 251                                        3 cr.         Ballet II
DAN 350                                        3 cr.         Ballet III

Modern – 6 cr. hours (3 semesters)

DAN 270                                         2 cr.         Modern I
DAN 271                                         2 cr.         Modern II
DAN 370                                         2 cr.         Modern III

Jazz – 2 cr. hours  

DAN 377                                        1 cr.          Jazz

Including – 2 cr. hours     

DAN 201                                        1 cr.          Dance/Theatre/Performance   I      
DAN 202                                        1 cr.          Dance/Theatre/Performance II

C. Related Required Courses: 5 credit hours

DAN 275                                        2 cr.          History of Dance I
DAN 276                                        3 cr.          History of Dance II

 

Fine Arts Minor

 

The fine arts minor consists of 24 hours of course work selected from at least three of the following areas–art, art history, music, dance and theater. Please note that classes in your major cannot be counted toward the fine arts minor.

 

Dance Course Descriptions

DAN 103                 Professional Workshops and Master Classes: Modern                            1-3 hours

Prerequisite: None; Term: 1, 2, 3, summer; Fee: yes

Concentrated course work on the principles of modern dance technique designed for the inexperienced dancer.

DAN 104                 Professional Workshops and Master Classes                                           1-3 hours

Prerequisite: None; Term: 1, 2, 3, summer; Fee: yes

Concentrated course work on the principles of dance technique designed for the inexperienced dancer.

DAN 105                 Professional Workshops and Master Classes: Ballet                               1-3 hours

Prerequisite: None; Term: 1, 2, 3, summer; Fee: yes

Concentrated course work on the principles of classical ballet technique designed for the inexperienced dancer.

DAN 150                 Elementary Ballet I                                                                                        3 hours

General Education Option – Creative Expression; Prerequisite: None; Term: 1‚ 2; Fee: yes

Principles of classical ballet technique designed for the non-major.

DAN 151                 Elementary Ballet II                                                                                       3 hours

General Education Option – Creative Expression; Prerequisite: DAN 150A; Term: 1, 2; Fee: yes

Principles of classical ballet technique designed for the non-major.

DAN 161                 Fundamentals of Acting                                                                               3 hours

General Education Option – Creative Expression; Prerequisite: None; Term: 1, 2; Fee: yes

This course is an introduction to acting. Through improvisation, acting exercises, monologue and scene work, students will study and practice techniques of relaxation, vocal, physical and emotional freedom, concentration, observation, improvisation, sense memory, textual analysis, and character work. Equivalent to TRE 161.

DAN 170                 Elementary Modern I                                                                                     3 hours

General Education Option – Creative Expression; Prerequisite: None; Term: 1, 2; Fee: yes

Principles of modern dance technique designed for the non-major.

DAN 171                 Elementary Modern II                                                                                    3 hours

General Education Option – Creative Expression; Prerequisite: DAN 170A; Term: 1, 2; Fee: yes

Principles of modern dance technique designed for the non-major.

DAN 180                 Elementary Jazz                                                                                            3 hours

General Education Option – Creative Expression; Prerequisite: None; Term: 1, 2; Fee: yes

Principles of jazz dance technique designed for the non-major.                   

DAN 190                 Elementary Tap                                                                                             1 hour

Prerequisite: None; Term: 1; alternate years; Fee: yes

Elementary level tap dance technique. This course is designed to develop the rhythm and coordination of basic steps and routines. May be repeated for a maximum of 2 credits.

 

DAN 201                 Dance/Theater/Performance I                                                                      1-2 hours

Term: 1, 2; Fee: yes

A performance course for the first-year student participating in concert as a member of the Marygrove College Dance Company or Company II. Under the supervision of dance faculty, this course includes practical experience in stage makeup, stagecraft and the fundamentals of acting. May be repeated for a maximum of two credits.

DAN 202                 Dance/Theater/Performance II                                                                     1-2 hours

Term: 1, 2; Fee: yes

A performance course for the second-year student participating in concert as a member of the Marygrove College Dance Company or Company II. Under the supervision of the dance faculty, this course includes practical experience in stage makeup, stagecraft and the fundamentals of acting. May be repeated for a maximum of two credits.

DAN 203                 Professional Workshops and Master Classes: Modern                            1-3 hours

Prerequisite: Permission of department chair; Term: 1, 2, 3, summer; Fee: yes

Concentrated course work for the second-year student under the direction of faculty and/or guest artists.

DAN 204                 Professional Workshops and Master Classes                                           1-3 hours

Prerequisite: Permission of department chair; Term: 1, 2, 3, summer; Fee: yes

Concentrated course work for the second-year student under the direction of faculty and/or guest artists.

DAN 205                 Professional Workshops and Master Classes: Ballet                               1-3 hours

Prerequisite: Permission of department chair; Term: 1, 2, 3, summer; Fee: yes

Concentrated course work for the second-year student under the direction of faculty and/or guest artists.

DAN 250                 Ballet I                                                                                                            3 hours

Prerequisite: Placement audition; Term: 1, 2; Fee: yes

Ballet technique for the first-semester dance major/minor.

DAN 251                 Ballet II                                                                                                           3 hours

Prerequisite: Placement audition; Term: 1, 2; Fee: yes

Ballet technique for the second-semester dance major/minor.

DAN 252                 Contemporary Partnering I                                                                          1 hour

Prerequisite: Placement audition; Term: 1; alternate years; Fee: yes

Theory and basic technique in the art of partnering. This course explores partnering in all dance forms. May be repeated up to a maximum of four credits.

DAN 254                 Movement for Actors and Singers                                                              2 hours

Prerequisite: None; Term: 1; Fee: yes

Theory and practice of elementary level dance, applicable to theatre productions, music concerts, auditions, etc. This class is designed to give the non-dancer, specifically theatre and music students, a fundamental background of dance movement, dance vocabulary, and dance composition.

DAN 266                 Production Technology                                                                                3 hours

Prerequisite: None; Term: 2; Fee: yes

Project based course involving in-depth study of the practical aspects of Theatre Production through the rehearsal and public staging of a major work of theatre. Students engage in a detailed study of theoretical and practical perspectives of applied theatre including technical production, stage management, and design that provide the framework for student involvement in a large-scale production, which is the focus of the course.

DAN 270                  Modern I                                                                                                        2 hours

Prerequisite: Placement audition; Term: 1‚ 2; Fee: yes

Modern dance techniques for the first-semester dance major/minor.

DAN 271                  Modern II                                                                                                       2 hours

Prerequisite: Placement audition; Term: 1, 2; Fee: yes

Modern dance technique for the second-semester dance major/minor.

DAN 272                  Dance Improvisation                                                                                    1 hour

Prerequisite: None; Term: 2; Fee: yes

This course will explore the foundation of dance improvisation including individual work, as well as work with part­ners and in groups. The class will combine the basic history, theory, and practice of dance improvisation to include work of contributors to the field. Course work is intended to serve as an introduction to dance composition and/or choreography through the medium of improvisation.

DAN 273                  Dance Composition I                                                                                    2 hours

Prerequisite: DAN 272; Term: 1

Designed as a method for beginning choreography students to investigate different approaches to dance com­position. This course combines the theory and practice of dance composition including individual work as well as work with partners and collaborative group studies.

DAN 275                  History of Dance I                                                                                         2 hours

Prerequisite: None; Term: 1

This course surveys the development of dance in its many forms; trends, philosophies, dance activities, and dance personalities, from its multi-cultural roots in primitive expression to the rise of ballet, concluding with the Romantic Era.

DAN 276                  History of Dance II                                                                                        3 hours

Prerequisite: DAN 275; Term: 2

This course surveys the development of dance in its many forms; trends, philosophies, dance activities, and dance personalities, from the Romantic Era through current experimental trends in dance. Writing intensive.

DAN 301                  Dance/Theater/Performance III                                                                   1-2 hours

Term: 1, 2; Fee: yes

A performance course for the third-year student participating in concert as a member of the Marygrove College Dance Company or Company II. Under the supervision of the dance faculty, this course includes practical experience in stage makeup, stagecraft and the fundamentals of acting. May be repeated for a maximum of two credits.

DAN 302                  Dance/Theater/Performance IV                                                                   1-2 hours

Term: 1, 2; Fee: yes

A performance course for the fourth-year student participating in concert as a member of the M arygrove College Dance Company or Company II. Under the supervision of the dance faculty, this course includes practical experience in stage makeup, stagecraft and the fundamentals of acting. May be repeated for a maximum of two credits.

DAN 303                  Professional Workshops and Master Classes: Modern                           1-3 hours

Prerequisite: Permission of department chair; Term: 1, 2, 3, summer; Fee: yes

Concentrated course work for the third-year student under the direction of faculty and/or guest artists.

DAN 304                  Professional Workshops and Master Classes                                          1-3 hours

Prerequisite: Permission of department chair; Term: 1, 2, 3, summer; Fee: yes

Concentrated course work for the third-year student under the direction of faculty and/or guest artists.

DAN 305                  Professional Workshops and Master Classes: Ballet                              1-3 hours

Prerequisite: Permission of department chair; Term: 1, 2, 3, summer; Fee: yes

Concentrated course work for the third-year student under the direction of faculty and/or guest artists.

DAN 307                  Pointe I or II                                                                                                  1 hour

Prerequisite: Intermediate level ballet technique required; Term: 1, 2; Fee: yes

Study of ballet technique “en pointe”. Pointe I course work is designed for the dancer with little or no previous experience in the pointe technique. Pointe II course work is designed for the dancer with previous experience in the pointe technique. May be repeated for a maximum of six credits.

DAN 310                  Men’s Dance Technique                                                                              1 hour

Prerequisite: Intermediate level ballet technique required; Term: 1, 2; Fee: yes

Study of dance technique for the male dancer. The course explores the broad range of movement required of the male dancer within the ballet idiom. Practical study of large jumps and complex turns based on the musculature of the male physique. May be repeated for a maximum of six credits.

DAN 346                  Teaching Theory                                                                                           1 hour

Prerequisite: None; Term: 1; alternate years

Analysis and progressive study of conditioning available to the dancer and teacher.

DAN 347B                Teaching Methods: Ballet                                                                            3 hours

Prerequisite: DAN 346; Term: 2

This course is approached from a philosophical basis, covering objectives, materials, curriculum planning and techniques of instruction for teachers of ballet dance and related subjects K-12.

  

DAN 347M                Teaching Methods: Modern                                                                         3 hours

Prerequisite: DAN 346; Term: 1

This course is approached from a philosophical basis, covering objectives, materials, curriculum planning and techniques of instruction for teachers of modern dance and related subjects K-12.

DAN 350                    Ballet III                                                                                                         3 hours

Prerequisite: Placement audition; Term: 1, 2; Fee: yes

Ballet technique for the third-semester dance major/minor.

DAN 351                    Ballet IV                                                                                                         3 hours

Prerequisite: Placement audition; Term: 1, 2; Fee: yes

Ballet technique for the fourth-semester dance major.

DAN 352                    Contemporary Partnering II                                                                         1 hour

Prerequisite: Placement audition; Term: 2; alternate years; Fee: yes

Continuation of studies in the art of partnering. This course explores partnering techniques in all dance forms. May be repeated up to a maximum of four credits.

DAN 370                    Modern III                                                                                                      2 hours

Prerequisite: Placement audition; Term: 1, 2; Fee: yes

Modern dance technique for the third-semester dance major/minor.

 

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