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Minor in Dance

A minor in dance can lead to numerous opportunities within the field of dance performance and education. You can obtain the necessary tools to teach, choreograph and direct in:

You can also utilize your minor studies to pursue degrees in dance. 

Dance is considered to be an important part of the visual and performing arts educational experience. Studies of dance performance, education and history can enhance your academic experience.

This 18-credit-hour minor can be paired with almost any major at Texas A&M University.

Auditioning for Dance Programs at Texas A&M

Performance

Students in our dance science programs have multiple opportunities to perform, including:

Other Opportunities

Dance faculty often receive grants for other performances throughout the university in collaboration with faculty from other colleges. Students are also given the opportunity to attend various festivals and conferences.

The Dance Program also offers students the capability to work with guest artists in master classes, watching performances and learning repertory. This gives students a unique opportunity to work with a variety of professionals in the field while building their resumes.

Curriculum

The dance minor consists of 18 hours of classes which are all dance based. Courses include lecture courses on Dance History, Production, Composition, and Career Preparations in Dance and four dance technique courses (2 ballet and 2 modern).

 Required Courses

CourseTitleHours
DCED 203Dance Production3
DCED 306Dance Composition I2
DCED 405Career Preparation in Dance1
KINE 175 or KINE 199Gender Neutral Partnering or Required Physical Activity1

Electives

Choose one of the following list:

CourseTitleHours
DCED 304Creative Dance for Children3
DCED 308Safe Practices in Teaching Dance3
DCED 410Dance Teams in Secondary Education3

Ballet Selection

Choose two of the following list:

CourseTitleHours
DCED 260Ballet I4
DCED 361Ballet II4
DCED 462Ballet III4
KINE 361Movement Lab: Ballet II4
KINE 462Movement Lab: Ballet III4

Modern Dance Selection

Choose two of the following list:

CourseTitleHours
DCED 271Modern Dance I4
DCED 372Modern Dance II4
DCED 473Modern Dance III4
KINE 372Movement Lab: Modern DanceII4
KINE 473Movement Lab: Modern Dance III4

Careers

A few examples of career options with the dance minor include:

Note: If you are looking to teach dance in schools or direct drill teams, it is recommended you enter the B.S. in Kinesiology: Dance Science which provides a track for dance certification.