Bachelor of Science in Education
School of Human Movement, Sport, and Leisure Studies
College of Education and Human Development
The dance major in the School of Human Movement, Sport, and Leisure Studies is a four-year program that leads to the Bachelor of Science in Education degree. The dance program stresses the technical and theoretical nature of dance, focusing on intellectual and creative endeavors and technical mastery.
Students are prepared for career opportunities in dance and related fields. Graduates have gone on to pursue professional performing careers with companies such as Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company, Doug Elkins Dance Company, The Repertory Project, Eisenhower Dance Ensemble, Zivili, Ann Arbor Dance Works, Jump Rhythm Jazz Project, and Hope Stone Dance.
BGSU dance graduates hold faculty positions at universities, teach at private studios, and own and manage their own dance schools. After completing their dance study at BGSU, many have continued their dance education at the graduate level.
Outside the realm of performance, other career opportunities available (some with additional study) include choreographer, notator, historian, company manager, critic, researcher, administrator, theatrical designer, production director, dance videographer, ethnologist and dance therapist.
The undergraduate Dance major offers BG Perspective, professional dance and specialization courses. Students also have the opportunity to participate in an off-campus professional dance field experience in preparation for their future career.
BG Perspective courses provide a background in communication, mathematics and science, social and behavioral sciences, humanities and the arts, global and cultural studies. Professional dance courses enable students to develop a theoretical and educational foundation and to explore the creative artistry of dance.
The dance major provides a thorough investigation of the art of dance via emphasis on experiential and theoretical work in studio, lecture, and studio/lecture courses. Interdisciplinary experiences in kinesiology, theatre, music and electives also help prepare students for careers or further study in performance, choreography, dance education, and related fields such as dance history, criticism, and movement therapy.
A special feature of the BGSU Dance program is the performing company, composed of student and faculty members. Students are selected through biannual auditions. Performing opportunities have included on-campus concerts, the regional and national American College Dance Festival, lecture/demonstration programs, master classes and residencies, state convention performances (OAHPERD) and interdisciplinary performing events including the BGSU New Music and Art Festival and the OhioDance showcase.
The University Dance Alliance is a student organization designed to promote dance on campus. The UDA sponsors master classes by visiting artists, student dance workshops and performances, and trips throughout the Midwest. The membership includes dance majors as well as students from different disciplines who are interested in dance.
The dance facilities at BGSU offer students the opportunity to train in spacious and inviting settings. Housed in the Gertrude M. Eppler Complex, the gymnasium-sized Whitney Studio serves as both a classroom and a theatre. The permanently installed lighting and sound systems make the Whitney Studio a flexible environment for both performance and training. A second studio with a sprung floor serves as the primary ballet studio. These facilities provide an optimal environment for the training and development of dance artists and movement specialists.
The College of Education and Human Development’s Technology and Resource Center provides audio-visual equipment, networked computers, laser printing, scanners and a wide variety of application and educational software.
Completing the requirements for high school graduation is necessary for admission to BGSU, but only finishing the minimum coursework will leave you unprepared for college. Consider taking four years of mathematics instead of the three that are required. Two, three or even four years of the same foreign language is excellent for preparation for college and future job opportunities. You will also benefit from competency in computer use. Courses that provide exposure to or training in the visual and performing arts are excellent choices.
BGSU's website for future students contains University highlights, admissions procedures, financial aid information and many department profiles. It can be accessed at www.bgsu.edu.
Bowling Green State University is a vibrant university that engages, challenges and prepares students for meaningful futures. At BGSU, students enjoy an education that integrates personal growth, academic excellence and an environment that expands their thinking and potential. A mid-size residential university, BGSU has an enrollment of approximately 20,000 and a full-time faculty of more than 900 on its main campus. More than 200 undergraduate majors and programs are offered as well as master's and doctoral level programs.
NOTE: Information in this guide is subject to change without notice. To learn more about the official program of study for Dance, please check the undergraduate catalog online at: choose.bgsu.edu/catalog/DANC