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DANCE

The Frost School of Music Dance Program focuses on the integration of artistic expression with historical and theoretical knowledge of dance. Our dance courses offer a well-rounded curriculum designed to develop one’s kinesthetic sense, agility, and coordination as well as broaden creative thinking. Students may choose from a variety of classes in stretching, body work, modern, ballet, cultural dance, improvisation, dance history, pedagogy, and dance therapy. Our classes concentrate on the educational and therapeutic use of movement.

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Dance Program

Many musicians opt to include dance in their repertoire of skills. Whether you’re interested in musical theatre or another movement-inclusive musical form, want to add dance to the music classes you teach, or just want to feel more comfortable in your body on-stage, including a dance minor in your college studies is a great way to move towards your goals as a musician. The study of dance includes dance history, stretching and body work, and dance fundamentals.

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What is Dance?

Dance is the art form of moving the body expressively. Every culture in the world is home to some kind of dance technique. Aside from the beauty and expressiveness of the art form, dance is a healthy activity, one that is cathartic for both the body and the mind. Dance improves physical health, relieves stress, and is yet another doorway into creativity, problem-solving, and collaboration. Many musicians have found that participating in another art form is not only helpful for their careers, but also enables better access to their creativity.

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What Do Dance Minors Learn?

Dance minors have the opportunity to take a range of classes in various forms of dance including ballet, modern dance, theater dance forms, and more. Students can also take courses in the history of dance, the history of women in dance, and the history of theatrical dance. If you are a music education major or otherwise have an interest in working with children, you may also want to take classes in dance instruction. Dance-movement classes are available for music therapy majors, and classes like dance improvisation may be open to any student completing his or her dance minor. If you have any interest or background in dance, it’s a program worth looking into. You never know when the the diverse skills you’ve learned will come into play.

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What Kinds of Careers Do Dance Minors Pursue?

A dance minor is truly complimentary to any field in music. The art form can be integrated into a wide variety of music-related careers. Whether you become a music therapist who incorporates movement into your therapies, a music educator who encourages students to dance in addition to learning instruments and singing, or a professional performer with multiple aptitudes, a dance minor will support and boost your career. Confidence, memory skills, and responsiveness are just a few of the skills you can learn from studying dance.

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