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B.A. in Performing Arts: Dance Concentration Requirements

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Dance training requires concentrated and continued effort in the acquisition, maintenance, and refinement of body flexibility and strength. The fundamental core of all dance training is provided by experiences in dance techniques classes. Additional foci include choreography, dance ensemble, dance in education, and areas of specialization.

Because this program requires that the student complete 37 semester hours in lower-division courses, Dance Concentration majors are approved for a reduction in upper-division requirements to 23 semester hours. For further information on the upper-division requirement, see the Baccalaureate Degree Requirements in this Catalog.

Group 1. General Education Basic, Area, and Integrative Requirements in effect Fall 2011

Students may choose to graduate under the General Education Basic, Area, and Integrative requirements and graduation requirements in force at the time they entered the UH System, when they entered UH Hilo, or when they graduate, provided there is no break in enrollment lasting longer than one semester.

Students should meet with their academic advisor to ensure that they enroll in courses that will enable them to meet these requirements as well as requirements for the major and for graduation. Some courses may meet both General Education requirements and major requirements.

The new GE basic, core, and integrative requirements and lists of certified courses are posted at

Group 2. Major Requirements (and Assigned Credits)

  1. Required Performing Arts Major Core Courses
    • DNCE 151 Dance Techniques (2)
    • DNCE 251 Introduction to Dance (3)
    • DRAM 171 Stage Techniques (2)
    • DRAM 271 Introduction to Theatre (3)
    • DRAM 280–280L Basic Stagecraft (4)
    • MUS 160 Introduction to Music Literature (3)
    • MUS 180 Elementary Music Theory (3)
  2. Required Courses in Dance
    • DNCE 160, 260, 360, and 460 Ballet I, II, III, and IV (12)
    • DNCE 180 and 280 Jazz Dance I and II (6)
    • DNCE 190 and 290 Modern Dance I and II (6)
    • DNCE 371 Choreography (3) or DNCE 401 Dance Ensemble (3)
    • DNCE 419 Dance in Education (3) or DNCE 450 History of Dance (3)
    • DNCE 494 Special Topics (2). Choose two courses from the following:
      • Alexander Technique
      • Ethnic Dance
      • Folk Dance
      • Conditioning for the Dancer
      • Improvisation
      • Musical Theatre Techniques
      • Notation
      • Tap Dancing, etc.
    • DNCE 499 Directed Studies: Senior Project (3)
  3. Required Course in Drama Choose one course from the following:
    • DRAM 340 Stage Makeup (3)
    • DRAM 350 Stage Costume (3) (see Note 5 below)
  4. Required Course in Music Choose one course from the following:
    • MUS 102 University Chorus (2)
    • MUS 123 Voice Class (1)
    • MUS 125 Piano Class (1)
    • MUS 402 Instrumental Ensemble (2)
    • MUS 404 Kapili Choir (2)
    • MUS 406 Chamber Ensemble (2)

Total in Group 2: 59–60 Semester Credits

Total Minimum Semester Hours Required for the B.A. in Performing Arts: Dance Concentration

120 Semester Hours


  1. To earn the BA in Performing Arts, students must earn a C or higher in all required Performing Arts courses.
  2. Applied Music fees are in addition to regular tuition. For Applied Music courses and fee structure, contact the Performing Arts department chair and consult the instructor at the time of registration.
  3. Students enrolled in MUS 135, 136, 235, 236, 335, 336, 435, 436 are required to participate in student recitals and juries, and to be co-enrolled in a Performing Arts ensemble.
  4. No more than 12 semester hours of ensemble courses may be applied to the upper division total required for the Music Concentration.
  5. Students enrolled in DRAM 350 who have no previous sewing experience also must enroll concurrently in DRAM 350L: Stage Costume Laboratory (1 semester hour).
  6. In order to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree in Performing Arts, students must not only fulfill the requirements for one of the specialty concentrations in the major but also meet all of the University’s other baccalaureate degree requirements. (Please see the Baccalaureate Degree Requirements in this Catalog.)
  7. Students should always check course prerequisites and the frequency with which courses are offered.
  8. To ensure progress toward degree completion, students are strongly encouraged to meet with an advisor each semester before registering.