Minor in Dance

Dance students develop technical and performance skills and study the aesthetics, history, and criticism of dance. From improvisational techniques to classical ballet, from modern and postmodern dance forms to sound body mechanics, strength, and flexibility, our students receive a thorough education in the physical arts.

Dance is an integral part of any performing arts program, which is why the Department of Theatre Arts at Lewis & Clark offers a Minor in Dance. Students in the Dance program have many opportunities to perform in faculty-and student-choreographed work, including the annual Dance Extravaganza. In addition, they often participate in the annual Northwest Regional American College Dance Festival during spring semester. Student choreography can be presented for review at the festival, which offers classes, workshops, and performances over four days. 

To fulfill a minor in dance, a minimum of 26 semester credits is required, distributed as follows:

  • TH 106 Fundamentals of Movement
  • TH 110A Theatre Laboratory
  • TH 308 Dance Composition and Improvisation
  • 4 semester credits in dance forms/history chosen from the following:
    Social Dance Forms: History, Practice, and Social Significance
    Dance in Context: History and Criticism
  • 8 semester credits in dance technique, chosen from the following:
    Contemporary Dance Technique
    Contact Improvisation
    Creative Movement
    Choreography and Production: Dance Extravaganza
  • 4 semester credits chosen from the following:
    Acting I: Fundamentals
    Stage Lighting
    Devised Performance