Dr. Madia Cooper, Chair
Disciplines and Degrees Offered Please see a detailed list at the end of this section of majors and courses offered by the Department of Dance. Not all majors are offered at all Brenau locations.
Purpose The Department of Dance at Brenau University educates the individual as a dance practitioner, scholar and artist in a creative, supportive and challenging environment. The department provides a solid foundation in classical ballet, modern, and jazz dance with well designed program plans. Students are encouraged to explore their values while creating a personal philosophy as an artist with responsibility and integrity.
Command of a broad range of movement idioms coupled with depth in at least two areas of technique are essential accomplishments of our B.A. students. In addition, courses in choreography, production, pedagogy, dance history and courses related to the major give background and depth to students’ knowledge of the art form. Performing gives the students the background and experience to begin making works of their own.
Audition and Placement All students who enter into the Dance programs begin their college dance training and will be advised based on the student’s degree goals. Auditions for program continuation will be held in the second semester of the sophomore year.
Students will be placed in technique classes of the appropriate skill level based on their entrance placement class. Students who demonstrate the skill necessary for the next level of work upon completion of a studio technique course will be permitted to enroll at the next level. If not, they will be expected to continue in designated courses at their level of technique until they are ready to advance. Continuing students will participate in a placement class at the beginning of the fall semester to determine current technique level. Students who have increased in technical proficiency may be promoted to a higher level and students who have not maintained technical proficiency may be placed in a lower level.