University Catalog 2023-2024

Dance Studies (Minor)

The Dance Studies Minor is a 15-credit hour curriculum designed for undergraduate students who wish to acquire a broad understanding of dance or tailor their studies to suit a more specific interest. A wide range of dance styles and content are offered with attention to the history and sociocultural factors that shape dance.


The Department Head or their designee will certify the minor prior to graduation. The minor must be completed no later than the semester in which the student expects to graduate from his or her degree program. Paperwork for certification should be completed no later than the registration period prior to the student’s final semester at NC State.


Amy Beasley, M.F.A

Dance Minors Coordinator
Department of Performing Arts & Technology
North Carolina State University
Box 7311
Raleigh, NC 27695-7311

General Requirements:

  • The dance minor requires the completion of 15 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.
  • A minimum of 9 of the 15 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: 

DAN 322Dance and Society3
DAN 120Movement Improvisation2
Any other courses for 10 more hours from the following (limited to 4 hours of technique/practice):10
The Horton Dance Technique and Legacy
U.S. Concert Dance History
Current Trends in Dance
Dance Composition - Solo Forms
Dance Composition - Group Forms
Introduction to Laban Movement Analysis and Bartenieff Fundamentals
Dance and Technology
Technice/Practice (Limit 4 Credit Hours)
Dance Performance in a Global Context
African Dance I
African Dance II
Country Dance
Social Dance
Social Dance II
Hip-hop Dance
Hip-hop Dance II
Tap Dance
Ballet I
Ballet II
Jazz Dance I
Modern Dance I
Modern Dance II
Jazz Dance II
Advanced Dance Techniques
Modern Dance Performance and Practice
Total Hours15