Dance Learning Goals and Objectives
1. Students in Dance will acquire proficiency in and understanding of multiple dance disciplines.
1.1 Students will demonstrate technical proficiency in a variety of styles of modern dance, and in ballet.
1.2 Students will have the option to study additional dance forms, including African dance, jazz dance, tap dance, and other forms.
2. Students in Dance will gain scientific understanding of and technical expertise in exercise systems and somatic practices.
2.1 Students will gain strength and conditioning through Pilates training and individually designed exercise programs.
2.2 Students will enrich the quality of their dancing through somatic practices.
2.3 Students will learn the anatomy of the body and how the body works most efficiently, with less chance of injury.
3. Students in Dance will develop the ability to assess their own dancing and experiences.
3.1 Students will learn to determine and express their own strengths and weaknesses.
3.2 Students will develop personal pathways to success.
4. Students will grow as choreographers and performers.
4.1 Students will acquire basic musical skills and a more comprehensive understanding of musicality.
4.2 Students will develop choreographic skills through exploration, improvisation, and the making of studies and dances.
4.3 Students will perform in student choreography in both informal and fully realized dance concerts.
4.4 Students will develop, rehearse, and perform works by professional choreographers.
5. Students will develop basic production skills
5.1 Students will learn the basic skills required to create and run a dance company.
5.2 Students will do the jobs of a production crew, including costumes, lighting, and stage managing.
6. Students in Dance will expand their knowledge and understanding of dance as an art form throughout history.
6.1 Students will see many dance performances in New York City, beginning as freshmen as part of the First Year Connections Dance Major Cluster.
6.2 Students will be able to richly describe dance that they see.
6.3 Students will be able to critically and aesthetically analyze choreographed works.
6.4 Students will comprehend and analyze historical movements in Dance practice, and relate that understanding to the dance of today.
6.5 Students will participate in the reconstructions and performances of historical dance works.
7. Dance Majors will learn about dance in education, and be prepared to teach dance.
7.1 B.A. Dance Majors will have the opportunity to begin to develop the skill to teach dance to students of all ages.
7.2 Students interested primarily in teaching will have the opportunity to become certified to teach in the New York State Public Schools as the culmination of the B.S. in Education - Dance Education Program.
8. Dance Majors will demonstrate proficiency in oral communication related to their field.
8.1 Dance Majors will compose and deliver effective, audience-appropriate oral presentations that develop and support a point; or lead or participate in collaborative discussion of a questions or a text.
8.2 Dance Majors will acquire the skill to use visual, auditory, and/or technological aids in support of oral communication
9. Dance Majors will learn the importance of responsibility and contribution to the Hofstra community and to the dance community at large.
9.1 Dance Majors will form a close collaborative bond with their fellow dance majors, beginning in freshman year by taking part in the First Year Connections Dance Major Cluster Courses.
9.2 Dance students will learn to cooperate through collaboration.
9.3 Dance students will learn the importance of service to their community through internships and work opportunities.