Dance (Minor)

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The Department of Health and Exercise Studies offers a 16 credit hour dance minor that is designed for students who wish to delve deeper into dance studies in an intellectual, creative, and practical capacity to propel them forward in career, service, and artistry. The student has the opportunity to select the specific courses which best fulfill his/her needs while maintaining an overall balance. A student in the dance minor may be preparing for graduate study or for work as a performer, choreographer, educator, or dance therapist. The dance minor also enhances students’ studies as they prepare for careers and service as arts entrepreneurs or administrators, physical therapists, physicians, or in disciplines such as Africana studies, design, film, and engineering.

The coursework is balanced between theory courses, creative inquiry, and technical proficiency. Recent practicum projects have included:

  • Teaching at area dance studios
  • Serving as teaching assistants in beginning-level Health and Exercise Studies dance courses
  • Choreographing work for the dance program’s Fall Concert
  • Creating dance for camera and dance documentary film works
  • Designing costumes for dance performances
  • Producing a dance oral history podcast
  • Interning with area nonprofit dance organizations
  • Serving as dance captains and choreography assistants for University Theatre musicals
  • Spearheading social media campaigns for the Dance Minor

For more information about this program, visit our website: ​

Department of Health and Exercise Studies
North Carolina State University
Campus Box 8111
Raleigh, NC 27695-8111

Autumn Mist Belk, M.F.A.
Teaching Professor and Dance Minor Coordinator
Associate Department Head
North Carolina State University
Box 8111
Raleigh, NC 27695-8111
Phone: 919-513-1549

Plan Requirements

  • The dance minor requires the completion of 16 credit hours.
  • Students must attain a minimum overall GPA of 2.0 in the minor.
  • Students may not take minor coursework on a credit only (pass/fail) or S/U basis.
  • The program coordinator will certify the minor prior to graduation.
  • A minimum of 12 of the 16 required credit hours must be completed at NC State.
  • Students must obtain a grade of “C-” or better in each of the required and elective courses.
Required Courses
Select two of the following:
Dance and Society
Concert Dance History
Current Trends in Dance
HESM 320Movement Improvisation1
Select two of the following:
Dance Composition - Solo Forms
Dance Composition - Group Forms
Introduction to Laban Movement Analysis and Bartenieff Fundamentals
Dance and Technology
Choose 2 courses in practice/performance:
African Dance I
Horton Dance Technique
Country Dance
Social Dance
Tap Dance
Ballet I
Jazz Dance I
Modern Dance I
Dance Performance in a Global Context
Hip-hop Dance
Modern Dance Performance and Practice
Choose 2 technique courses:
African Dance II
Social Dance II
Hip-hop Dance II
Ballet II
Modern Dance II
Jazz Dance II
Capstone Course1
HESM 304Dance Practicum
Total Hours16