Department of Dance



B.A. in Dance


B.A. in Dance

The Program

The Dance major is distinctive for its outstanding faculty of nationally and internationally recognized artists and scholars who draw from a variety of creative and academic backgrounds, including dance making, choreography,  visual art, creative writing, literature, African diasporic ritual cultures, Hip Hop and streetdance, Indian diasporic dance, Indigenous studies, digital technologies, performance studies, queer studies, and cultural studies.

The B.A degree requires students to take courses in both Choreography/Dance Making and Dance Studies, and eventually choose one track for their capstone project (i.e. performance-based and research paper respectively).  In some cases, students may opt to complete a capstone project in both tracks. The Dance major cultivates rigorous creative research practices as well as critical cultural and historical perspectives on dance, through courses in the studio and seminar. Students examine notions about aesthetics, compositional processes, the body, gender, race, class, and sexuality as part of ongoing conversations in the field. Students are expected to sustain their movement practice every quarter and can choose from courses in Hip Hop, Modern, Ballet, Jazz, West African, House, Capoeira, Somatics, Yoga and Latin American Social Dance, as well as other forms offered by guest artists.

Dance Majors, Minors and those interested in Dance have multiple opportunities to perform including in UCR is Dancing and Spring Forward, the annual concerts featuring original choreography and performance projects by students. Students can also apply to tour with the undergraduate ensemble for the Gluck Fellows Program of the Arts. Other opportunities include collaborating with graduate students on their projects, and in some cases with faculty and guest artists on their research.

In addition, visiting professional dancers, choreographers, and scholars come to UCR frequently to give special workshops, master classes, and lectures. Dance majors are eligible for the Chancellor’s Performance Award, a scholarship of up to $2,000. Student assistantships and other forms of financial aid are also available. Undergraduate majors may apply for research grants and stipends for summer dance studies. Selected students receive $1,500 Maxwell H. Gluck Fellowships.

College Requirements

Students must complete the breadth requirements of the College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences. For a detailed list of requirements, see Degree Requirements.

Major Requirements

The Dance major focuses on two broad areas of study: Dance Making and Dance Studies. After completing a number of shared required courses, Dance majors will choose an emphasis in either Dance Making or Dance Studies and complete a Capstone Research Seminar.

Lower-division requirements (8 units): DNCE 014, DNCE 019

Dance Making (12 units) three courses from: DNCE 115E, DNCE 115F, DNCE 115G or DNCE 115J

Dance Studies (8 units) 2 courses from: DNCE 131/GSST 127, DNCE 132, DNCE 133, DNCE 134, DNCE 135

Production: DNCE 140

Movement Practice (up to 24 units):
Dance majors must enroll in at least one movement practice course per quarter, and must pursue a concentration in two different dance genres of at least 6 units each. Up to 24 units may be counted towards the major from:

a) DNCE 066A, DNCE 066B (West African Dance)

b) DNCE 067A, DNCE 067B, DNCE067C (Modern Technique)

c) DNCE 068 (Somatics)

d) DNCE 069A, DNCE 069B (18th Century Dance)

e) DNCE 070A, DNCE 070B, DNCE 070C (Hip Hop Dance)

f) DNCE 071A, DNCE 071B (Ballet)

g) DNCE 073A, DNCE 073B (Jazz Dance)

h) DNCE 074A, DNCE 074B (Yoga for Dancers)

i) DNCE 075A, DNCE 075B (Dance Techniques and Practices)

j) DNCE 081, DNCE 181 (Dance Cultures, Culture in Dance)

Dance Making Emphasis:

1. Eight units from Dance Making/Practice Electives:
DNCE 167, DNCE 168, DNCE 180(E-Z), DNCE 181*, or any DNCE 115(E-Z) not used to fulfill requirement #2 above.

No more than 4 units may be drawn from the following movement practice courses to fulfill this eight-unit elective requirement: DNCE 066A, DNCE 066B, DNCE 067A, DNCE 067B, DNCE 067C, DNCE 068, DNCE 069A, DNCE 069B, DNCE 070A, DNCE 070B, DNCE 070C, DNCE 071A, DNCE 071B, DNCE 073A, DNCE 073B, DNCE 074A, DNCE 074B, DNCE 075A, DNCE 075B, DNCE 081*

2. Four units from Dance Studies Electives:
DNCE 155(E-Z), DNCE 161/MCS 161, DNCE 162/MCS 162, DNCE 171(E-Z)/MCS 151(E-Z), DNCE 172(E-Z), DNCE 173(E-Z), DNCE 181* or any of DNCE 131/GSST 127, DNCE 132, DNCE 133, DNCE 134, DNCE 135, DNCE 136 not used to fulfill requirement #3 above.

*DNCE 081 and 181 may be used to fulfill either the Dance Making or the Dance Studies requirement, but not both.

3. Dance Making Capstone:

a) DNCE 188

b) DNCE 189E

Dance Studies Emphasis:

1. Eight units from Dance Studies Electives:
DNCE 155(E-Z), DNCE 161/MCS 161, DNCE 162/MCS 162, DNCE 171(E- Z)/MCS 151(E-Z), DNCE 172(E-Z), DNCE 173(E-Z), DNCE 181* or any of DNCE131/GSST 127, DNCE 132, DNCE 133, DNCE 134, DNCE 135, DNCE 136 not used to fulfill requirement #3 above.

2. Four units from Dance Making/Practice Electives:
DNCE 066A, DNCE 066B, DNCE 067A, DNCE 067B, DNCE 067C, DNCE 068, DNCE 069A, DNCE 069B, DNCE 070A, DNCE 070B, DNCE 070C, DNCE 071A, DNCE 071B, DNCE 073A, DNCE 073B, DNCE 074A, DNCE 074B, DNCE 075A, DNCE 075B, DNCE 081*, or any DNCE 115(E-Z) not used to fulfill #2 above.

*DNCE 081 and 181 may be used to fulfill either the Dance Making or the Dance Studies requirement, but not both.

3. Dance Studies Capstone: DNCE 189F

For more information, contact:

Elaine Chacon
Academic Advisor
INTN 3033A
(951) 827-3343
elaine.chacon@ucr.edu

Erika Santoyo
Academic Advisor
INTN 3033B
(951) 827-5487

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