Offered by the Theatre and Dance Studies department.

The Dance minor at Wheaton College trains students in the creative art of movement, through both practical experience and intellectual inquiry.

Students work towards proficiency in a particular tradition, acquiring both physical and verbal language skills pertinent to their focus, while being exposed to a global awareness of movement and its ability to articulate and express ideas of identity, sexuality, gender, ethnicity, race and nationalism. Students learn to recognize and distinguish the many diverse sources of dance, including historical and contemporary streams of sociocultural influence and the ever-inspiring natural world that surrounds us.

The integration of body, mind and spirit informs intellectual and expressive pursuits essential to the dance minor such as dance technique, choreography, production, aesthetic integrity, dance history and dance ethnography.

The dance minor prepares students for further study and/or careers in the fields of performance, choreography, dance education and administration.

For more information, contact Cheryl Mrozowski, coordinator.

Related programs

Dance minor requirements

Dance minor worksheet

The minor consists of a minimum of five courses.

Required courses

THEA 110 Jazz Dance and THEA 140 Ballet

One of the following courses:
MUSC 262 Vernacular Dance in America
MUSC 292 Broadway Bound: American Musical Theatre

One of the following courses:
MUSC 211 World Music: Eurasia
MUSC 212 World Music: Africa and the Americas
MUSC 221 Music and Dance of South Asia
THEA 276 World Theatre: Global Perspectives

At least one 300-level course.
Two semesters of THEA 320, which is a half-credit course for each semester, or an independent study THEA 399 with approval of the coordinator, .

Cheryl Mrozowski

Professor of Dance, Director of Dance; Chair, Department of Theater and Dance