Dance Science

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Dance with Us

Texas A&M dance programs educate students in the art and science of dance. We offer a personalized approach to dance training through hands-on, field-based experiences including technical production, dance science research and Pilates.

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The Dance Science Program is designed to educate the full dancer through courses focused on dancer wellness and technique courses focused on proper biomechanics. The current technical focus is based on ballet and modern dance, but we are expanding our offerings for students. Our program also offers students choreography, performance, and research opportunities.

Our Mission

Since 2010, the mission of the dance program at Texas A&M University has been to educate students in the art and science of dance. We offer a personalized approach to dance training through hands-on, field-based experiences including technical production, dance science research, and Pilates.

FAQs

Is there a dress code for classes?

Attire for Ballet Classes:

  • The body must be clearly visible in order for the instructor to make evaluations and give feedback.
  • Female Identified – leotard, pink, or skin-tone footed tights which must be worn under your leotard and inside your ballet shoes; pink/skin-tone ballet shoes with sewn elastic and drawstrings cut and tucked inside the shoe.
  • Male Identified – black footed tights worn inside your ballet shoes, solid-colored tight-fitting t-shirt or leotard, dance belt; black ballet shoes
  • Non-binary Identified – choice of either selection above or a combination of any of the above
  • Long hair must be pulled back and attached to your head securely so you do not need to adjust it during class. Short hair should be pulled back with a headband and/or clips to clear the neck and face.
  • No undergarments (except sports bras) should be showing through your leotard and/or tights
  • No ballet skirts or other clothing to be worn over leotards without approval. Warm-up clothing must be fitted to the body.
  • No dangling jewelry, hats, or chewing gum in class.

Attire for Modern, Pilates/Wellness and Improvisation classes:

  • Bare feet – no lyrical or other dance shoes, black footless tights, leotard or solid colored tight-fitting t-shirt/tank top, hair secured back
  • No undergarments (except sports bras) should be showing through your leotard and/or tights
  • No dangling jewelry, hats, or chewing gum in class.
Outside of classes, what is the time commitment?

In addition to classes, students have the opportunity to participate in choreography by faculty, students, and guest artists. The rehearsals for these works depend on the semester and the amount of time needed to set the piece. Participation in choreographic works gives students more experience and provides them with a performance opportunity. Shows such as the Brazos Contemporary Dance Festival, Student Composition Concerts, and Perpetual Motion are all extra time commitments but are very rewarding. Students also have the opportunity to conduct/participate in Dance Science research. These opportunities are often above the required coursework and provide students with opportunities to present their research at state, national and international conferences.

How many performances happen each year?

There are typically 5 annual concert series presented by the dance program. In addition to these annual shows, for many years the program presents other concerts to provide our students with the most opportunity to perform and experience as well as bring art to the Brazos Valley.

Do you have a guest artist program?

Yes. The TAMU Dance Program brings in guests in many areas of dance including dance therapists, dance scientists, choreographers, company owners, physical therapists, dance injury specialists, and many more.

The School of Performance, Visualization & Fine Arts also has an Artist in Residency program that will bring in visiting artists. Our students benefit from this program through masterclasses, lectures, workshops, and performances.

Do you have any affiliations with student organizations?

The dance program does has an affiliation with the Delta Eta Pi Dance Honor Society. Delta Eta Pi is also open to students outside of the dance program. Many students within the program choose to become a part of other dance student organizations on top of their curriculum and rehearsal schedule with the dance program.

These organizations include: Aggie Dance Team, Dance Arts Society, Fade to Black, Aggie Ballet Company etc.