The Dance Studies minor at Penn State Altoona is designed to enhance the student's approach to movement in all its many expressive forms; modern, jazz, and ballet.
Bartenieff Fundamentals (Dance 270Z) and Laban Movement Analysis (Dance 472) are required study for all Dance Studies Minors to increase the physical and cognitive understanding, observation, and execution of all movement.
Dance 410, Dance History is required as a path to assist the dancers develop their relationship to past, future and self within the world of dance as a whole.
Students in the Dance Studies minor are expected to successfully complete the highest level of technique offered; Contemporary Movement Lab III. The Contemporary Movement Labs I, II, and III highlight modern dance technique supported by creative processes to enhance the understanding of modern dance as an expressive art form. Improvisation, Dance Composition, and Choreography are utilized in the Labs to bring about new perspectives and approaches to performance and technique.
Most Dance Studies minor students become involved with Ivyside Dance Ensemble, our faculty-directed dance company. Ivyside Dance Ensemble performs every semester in various faculty and student-choreographed pieces.