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Dance Appreciation Minor

Program Overview

The minor (21 credits) is a general program of study designed for those students who are just discovering the joy of dance as well as those who have studied dance for many years. It offers students the opportunity to study ballet and contemporary dance as well as jazz, street dance and a variety of world dance genres. The theory course is combined with an array of stylistic approaches, to place dance in its historical and cultural context.


Minors must be completed in conjunction with a bachelor’s degree.  Please see the University Catalog for complete information on program requirements and policies.  Additional specifications may apply.

Minor Requirements (21 credits)

Dance Core

Dance Electives: Two or more from the following (6 credits):


  • Students with prior experience in ballet and/or modern dance may, with permission of instructor, take all 9 credits of technique courses at the 200 level.
  • All students pursuing the minor must demonstrate a basic level of training in both modern dance and ballet, and therefore, complete a total of 9 credits in technique.
  • DANC 118 fulfills the global understanding requirement. Students who choose to take this course twice for the minor must select two different world cultures.


Dance Appreciation minors at Mason work with world-class faculty in world-class studios. In addition, they have opportunity to see performances by professional dance companies on campus.