How is a dance science degree different and similar to a traditional degree in dance?
The dance science degree is similar in the aspect of performance and rehearsal where students are performing consistently throughout the year. Students also learn choreography, dance history and dance production much like a traditional performance based program. It differs in the focus on the sciences and the anatomical and biomechanical aspects of the human body and how it relates and influences dance technique. In addition to producing a senior concert, similar to a traditional dance major, students also conduct, gather and analyze data and present their findings in a final research project.
What is a dance scientist?
Dance Scientists are professionals who are employed by dance companies and dance training facilities throughout the world to devise effective training programs as well as advise dancers regarding nutrition and injury prevention/care. Dance Scientists also become researchers, dance therapists and better-informed dancers and teachers.
What do I do with this degree?
A Dance Science degree can provide many outlets upon graduation. Students may choose to pursue graduate, physical therapy, or occupational therapy school as well as move on to pursue life as a professional dancer. Many students have also gotten accredited to teach dance at a public school or at a company/studio. There are so many options indeed. Click here for a PDF with more information to answer this question.
What type of student is attracted to this program?
Students enrolled in the BS in Kinesiology: Dance Science program are inquisitive about how the body functions and how it effects their dance technique.
Do I need to know if I am accepted into TAMU before I audition?
No, you do not need to know if you have been accepted into the university before you are allowed to audition. However, you need to be accepted into the dance program and the university before you begin classes.
What is the audition like?
The audition is like an abbreviated ballet and modern class. The ballet portion includes a barre and a few combinations in the center. The modern portion includes a few center combinations. There is a break after the morning audition where dancers will find out if they are asked to come back for the afternoon callbacks. This is just an opportunity for the dance faculty to get a second look at people who they may have missed in the larger morning class; it is not an indicator of acceptance/denial in to the program. There is also a chance that dancers will be asked to come in for an interview with the faculty, again it is not an indicator of acceptance/denial in to the program, it is merely a chance for the faculty to get a closer look at someone they think they need to see again.
Generally, how many students do you accept each year?
The freshman/first year class has usually around 20-25 people.
Is it possible to double major?
Yes! Multiple students in the program are also pursing an additional degree. Most programs at TAMU allow for its students to receive the education they are interested in. The Mays Business school does not allow its students to double major, however. Currently there are students that are double majoring in areas such as education, mathematics, and psychology. Many more students pursue a minor in another field of study.
What kind of dance do we study?
The program is focused around ballet and modern dance.
Outside of classes, what is the time commitment?
In addition to classes, faculty, student, and guest rehearsals. These are great for getting more experience and for performance opportunities. Shows such as the Brazos Contemporary Dance Festival, Senior Concerts, Perpetual Motion, and Student Choreography Shows are all extra time commitments but very rewarding experiences to participate in. Additionally, students will be responsible for completeing portfolio hours in dance research, production, and Pilates. Each type of hour must be completed outside of the class time.
Do you have any affiliations with student organizations (Aggie Dance Team, Dance Arts Society, Nu Delta Alpha Dance Honor Society, Fade to Black, etc.)?
The dance program does not have any direct affiliation with student organizations. However, many students within the program choose to become a part of these student organizations on top of their curriculum and rehearsal schedule within the dance program.
Do you have a guest artist program?
Yes. The TAMU Dance Program is lucky enough to receive grants from the Academy of Visual and Performing Arts to be able to bring in guests in many areas of dance. In the past we have brought in dance therapists, dance scientists, choreographers, company owners, physical therapists, dance injury specialists, and many more.
How many performances happen each year?
There are 5 annual concert series presented by the dance program. In addition to these annual shows, many years the program presents other concerts to provide our students with the most opportunity to perform and experience as well as bring art to the Brazos valley.
Is there a dress code for classes?
Ballet: Women – solid colored leotard, pink tights, pink (or skin tone) ballet shoes, hair pulled back in a bun. No jewelry allowed. Men – black tights, solid colored tight fitting t-shirt or leotard, dance belt; ballet shoes.
Modern: Women – solid colored leotard and black tights, bare feet. Hair pulled back and away from the face. No jewelry allowed. Men – black footless tights, solid colored tight fitting t-shirt or leotard, dance belt, bare feet
Is there pointe offered?
As of Fall 2014, a one credit hour KINE 199 course in pointe is offered. Additionally, students are allowed to wear pointe shoes during their ballet classes (as per recommendation by the professor).