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As a Coker dance major, expect to explore and grow as an artist while gaining practical guidance toward achieving your career goals.
The dance major at Coker College offers students a broad range of courses that prepare them for several career options in dance, and provides the opportunity for some students to enter advanced professional training. In keeping with the mission of Coker College and the Department of Dance, Music and Theatre, the Dance Program is committed to providing a well-rounded, student-centered learning experience rich in dance technique, choreography, theory, and performance.
Grounded in engaged teaching, our faculty create an environment that encourages students to cultivate their technical, artistic, creative, and scholarly abilities. Study in dance as an academic discipline integrates inquiry and theory to develop skills in observation, critical thinking, problem solving, and evaluation.
We believe each student has the potential to reach their goals as a performer, choreographer, dance educator, or dance advocate. We strive to develop thoughtful and active artists in the classroom, studio, and world.
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In keeping with the mission of Coker College and the Dance, Music and Theatre Department, the Dance Program is committed to providing a well-rounded, student centered learning experience rich in dance technique, choreography, theory, and performance. Grounded in engaged teaching, our faculty create an environment that encourages students to cultivate their technical, artistic, creative, and scholarly abilities. Study in dance as an academic discipline integrates inquiry and theory to develop skills in observation, critical thinking, problem solving, and evaluation. We believe each student has the potential to reach their goals as a performer, choreographer, dance educator, movement therapist/analyst, or dance advocate. We strive to develop thoughtful and active artists in the classroom, studio, and world.
The core of the dance major consists of 39 semester hours in modern and ballet techniques, composition, dance history, improvisation, dance science, rhythmic analysis, and other supporting courses.
Bachelor of Arts in Dance
The BA degree in dance is designed for students wishing to pursue broad-based dance-related careers. Graduates with this degree may go on to teach in dance studios, graduate study, arts administration, or performance careers. This degree is also ideal for students interested in a double major or exploring elective courses.
Bachelor of Arts in Dance Education with K-12 Teaching Certification (Audition Only)
This degree is for students wishing to teach dance in the K-12 public or private school setting. In addition to the core major courses, students pursuing the Dance Education track will take at least 75 semester hours of courses including Dance Teaching Methods, Creative Dance, World Dance Forms and other courses through the Wiggins School of Education. Students will have meaningful experiences observing and assisting certified dance educators in the public schools, culminating in a student teaching experience in their final semester. Graduates with this degree will be certified by the South Carolina Department of Education to teach in the K-12 school system.
Bachelor of Fine Arts in Performance and Choreography (Audition Only)
The BFA degree in Performance and Choreography offers intensive professional training that prepares students for careers as performers and choreographers by offering classes and experiences to work directly with nationally recognized guest artists, faculty and in the Coker Repertory Dance Company, as well as ample opportunities for students to show their own creative work. Students will take at least 75 semester hours of courses with a specific focus on courses in dance technique, performance and composition. The expectation is to develop skills and competencies at a higher level in preparation for careers as performing and creative artists. This enables the student to not only dance skillfully and artistically, but also to discuss and analyze dance in a scholarly manner, ensuring that graduates in dance are prepared both for performance-related work and for additional study at the graduate level.
A minor in dance includes 19 semester hours of dance courses, including dance history, ballet technique, modern dance technique, dance conditioning, dance composition and dance improvisation.
Dance majors learn much more than how to dance. In addition to strong technical and artistic training, dance majors learn discipline, independent thinking, teamwork and creative problem solving—skills that apply to a wide range of career paths.
Graduates of Coker College have danced professionally with companies in New York, Los Angeles, and other major cities as well as performed in cruise ship productions, theme parks, regional musical theatre productions, and various regional dance concerts. Graduates have also gone on to teach in higher education, the K-12 school systems and in private studios.
After graduating from Coker College, students have gone on to study for advanced degrees in Dance Performance and Choreography, Dance Education, Dance Therapy, Arts Administration, and Nutrition at various higher education institutions.
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- Dance Company Manager
- Dance Teacher
- Dance Studio Owner
- Dance Writer
- Production Manager
- Tour Manager
- Dance Therapist
- Dance Critic
- Artistic Director
- Stage Manager
- Lighting Designer
- Talent Agent
- Costume Designer
- Public Relations Specialist
- Advertising Specialist
- Director of Arts Advocacy Agency
- Sales/Marketing Representative
- Community Relations Director
- Director of Arts Council
- Special Events Coordinator
- Florida State University
- University of South Carolina
- Winthrop University
- Sarah Lawrence College
- Antioch College
- New York University
- Drexel University
- Annual Faculty & Guest Artist Dance Concert
- Student Choreography Showcase
- Informal Dance Concert (each semester)
- Coker Repertory Dance Company
- Senior Thesis Concert
- Musical Theatre Performances
- Student:Faculty Ratio 8:1
- Professional Training
- Scholarship Awards
- Paid Work Opportunities
- Studies Abroad
- Conference Attendance/Performances
- Venomous Hip Hop Dance Club
- Mainstage Theater
- Black Box Theater
- Two dance studios
- Pilates Reformer Equipment
Students interested in dance can also explore a variety of opportunities through Coker's Office of Interdisciplinary Studies. Whether you're interested in supplementing your love of dance with business classes, developing a personalized major concentrating in dance/movement therapies, or learning how to integrate dance with other art forms, an interdisciplinary approach can help you to combine multiple areas of interest into your ideal bachelor's degree.
At Coker, students benefit from classes taught by accomplished professors who are invested in each student’s success. From day one, you’ll find personalized support and guidance from dedicated faculty members. In class, dance majors receive one-on-one attention and artistic feedback. Outside of the classroom, professors help place students in internships, locate auditions and prepare for graduate school.
Coker’s dance professors want their students to be successful and work diligently to help them achieve their goals in dance. Professors will ask you to push yourself outside of your comfort zone—but you’ll end up a stronger dancer and better artist because of it.