Dance, Minor

This is the first version of the 2024–25 General Catalog. Please check back regularly for changes. The final edition and the historical PDF will be published during the fall semester.

The undergraduate minor in dance requires a minimum of 15 s.h. in University of Iowa Department of Dance courses. Students must maintain a cumulative grade-point average of 2.00 in all courses for the minor and in all UI courses for the minor. Coursework in the minor may not be taken pass/nonpass.

Adding a Dance Minor

The department admits all students to the dance minor without an audition. A placement audition is required to participate in ballet and contemporary movement practices courses numbered 2000 and above, however. Ballet and contemporary movement practices courses are not required to complete the minor. 

Students may email a video, attend a Hawkeye Dance Day in the department, or arrange to visit a class to audition for placement in courses numbered 2000 and above. For incoming first-year students, a short, supplemental application is required to make audition arrangements and will become available to students after they have been admitted to the University of Iowa. See Undergraduate Applications on the Department of Dance website for more information about the first-year admissions process. Students who have already matriculated at the University of Iowa may declare the minor without completing the supplemental application.

Required Coursework

The minor in dance requires the following coursework. Students must complete all prerequisites for the courses they choose for the minor. Please refer to the Technique Placement and Promotion Policy for information on the major ballet and contemporary movement practices sequence of coursework.

Course # Title Hours
This course:
DANC:2060Dance and Society in Global Contexts3
One of these:
DANC:1150/LAS:1150Brazilian Culture and Carnival3
DANC:2065Performing Power/Performing Protest: The Body, Identity, and the Image3
DANC:2085Introduction to African Caribbean Dance Practices3
DANC:2150Brazilian Social Dance: The Samba3
9 s.h. from these:
DANC:1090Dance Production3
DANC:1170Functional Anatomy2
DANC:2020Intermediate Jazz (maximum of 6 s.h. of all intermediate-level coursework will count toward the minor)3
DANC:2025Intermediate Hip Hop Dance (maximum of 6 s.h. of all intermediate-level coursework will count toward the minor)3
DANC:2030Majors Intermediate Ballet (maximum of 6 s.h. of all intermediate-level coursework will count toward the minor)3
DANC:2040Majors Intermediate Contemporary Movement Practices (maximum of 6 s.h. of all intermediate-level coursework will count toward the minor)3
DANC:2050Introduction to Improvisation and Composition3
DANC:3010Topics in Global Movement Practices3
DANC:3030Major Ballet I (mandatory Department of Dance audition; enrollment is limited to the fall semester)3
DANC:3040Major Contemporary Movement Practices I (mandatory Department of Dance audition; enrollment is limited to the fall semester)3
DANC:3050Body/Image: Dance and Media in Discourse and Practice3
DANC:3060Western Concert Dance History: Romantic to Contemporary3
DANC:3070Dance Kinesiology3
DANC:3150Choreography I3
DANC:3250Choreography II3
DANC:3340BFA Movement Practices3
DANC:3530Major Ballet II (mandatory Department of Dance audition; enrollment is limited to the fall semester)3
DANC:3540Major Contemporary Movement Practices II (mandatory Department of Dance audition; enrollment is limited to the fall semester)3
DANC:3700Dance Pedagogy: Theories, Issues, and Perspectives3
DANC:3710/INTM:3700Topics in Intermedia4
DANC:3851/MUS:3851Introduction to the Alexander Technique3
DANC:3852Introduction to the Feldenkrais Method: Posture, Perception, and Pain Relief3
DANC:3853Introduction to Klein Technique3
DANC:4030Major Ballet III3
DANC:4034Ballet Pointe3
DANC:4040Major Contemporary Movement Practices III3
DANC:4452MFA Independent Project Research Labarr.
DANC:4453MFA Thesis Research Labarr.
DANC:4454Faculty Creative Research Labarr.
DANC:4540Major Contemporary Movement Practices IV3
DANC:4880Dance Gala Performance1-4
DANC:4881Graduate Concert1
DANC:4882Undergraduate Concert1-4
DANC:4883Faculty Concert1-4
DANC:4884Undergraduate Event1-4
DANC:4885MFA Thesis Concert1-4
DANC:4886BFA Concert1-4
DANC:4887MFA Event1-2
DANC:4888Special Project Student Performancearr.