Undergraduate (BA) Program
Undergraduate Dance Advising
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The Dance Program keeps communication with majors and minors through our listservs. Information includes internship and volunteer opportunities, advising information, class registration, graduation announcements, and other important information for undergraduate students. Dance majors can sign up for the listserv here and dance minors here.
Dance Student Association
The Dance Student Association at the University of Washington is a great way to get involved and participate in various dance performances and opportunities. Information on contacting the DSA and getting involved can be found here.
There is no formal dress code for Dance Program classes. Students should wear clothing that is loose enough to allow for easy movement, but not so baggy that the instructor can't observe details of how a student is moving. Hair needs to be pulled back and away from the face. Ballet slippers should be worn for ballet class. Bare feet or socks are appropriate for modern. Legs and arms should be covered to limit lotions and oils getting onto the floor surface (this creates a hazard for dancers as the move across the floor). Students in jazz may go barefoot or wear jazz shoes or ballet slippers.
Dance Studies Application (PDF File)
Departmental Honors Application (PDF File)
Internship Packet (PDF File)
Dance Studies Course Plan (PDF File)
The Dance Program does offer students the opportunity to graduate with Honors.& To be eligible to apply for departmental honors, students must have a minimum of 90 credits, a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.30, a minimum major GPA of 3.50, and an identified faculty advisor.To apply for departmental honors, please fill out the honors application above and make an appointment with the dance advisor.
Requirements for graduation "with distinction" from the Honors Program in dance:
• An Honors Research Project, not to exceed six quarters of study, including the following:
- 15 credits beyond the requirements of the Dance major, including:
- Three quarters of DANCE 499, totaling 6-10 credits, as proposed in the Honors application
- Two courses relating to field of research within or outside of the Dance Program, totaling 6-10 credits, as proposed in the Honors application
- Documentation of research in one of the following formats:
- Preliminary research proposal and timeline submitted to faculty advisor during the first week of the first quarter of the Honors Program study
- Final research proposal and timeline submitted to faculty advisor no later than the last day of the first quarter of the Honors Program study
- Oral presentation of research no later than six quarters from commencement of Honors Program study
- A 30-40 minute performance project (choreography, reconstruction, performance, site-specific work, film/video project)
- Preliminary project proposal and timeline submitted to faculty advisor during the first week of the first quarter of the Honors Program study
- Final project proposal and timeline submitted to faculty advisor no later than the last day of the first quarter of the Honors Program study
- Final documentation of the performance project no later than six quarters from commencement of Honors Program study in a format such as:
- An oral presentation
- A 15 page reflective paper
- A public lecture demonstration
- A video documentation of the process
- An alternative format as approved by the faculty advisor.
Lockers are available in Meany Hall both for day-use and for quarterly rental so that students can store clothes, shoes, and other items in preparation for technique courses. The day-use lockers are those that are located outside of Meany 266 and quarterly locker rentals are available outside of Meany 267 and in the locker rooms in the basement. Students wanting to rent a locker for the quarter or for the year must fill out and bring the slip located on the outside of the locker to the advising office. Any locks left overnight on the day-use lockers will be removed.
Participating in internships during your undergraduate education is an excellent way to gain experience, build a resume, and to find the job responsibilities and working environments that are going to be the right fit. If you have an off-campus internship opportunity working in dance or in other areas of interest it is very possible that you can receive credit under Dance 450 or under General Studies 350. Students can receive up to 6 credits of General Studies 350 per quarter and count a maximum of 18 of those credits toward the 180 needed for graduation. Internship opportunities specific to dance are sent out through the listserv and students are also encouraged to investigate and research additional options and areas of interest.
Students in the dance program have multiple opportunities to be involved in performances on campus. Information on auditions for the faculty dance concert, dance majors concert, MFA concert, and opportunities in the Dance Student Association are announced in class, over the dance majors list serve, and posted outside of the classrooms in Meany Hall. Opportunities also exist for students to participate in the Chamber Dance Company performances by faculty invitation. In addition, students are often notified of auditions and opportunities outside of the university with local organizations and companies such as the Seattle Opera, Seattle Theatre Group, and the Village Theatre among others.
The Dance Program currently has four scholarships that are awarded annually to junior Dance majors for use during their senior year. There is no application process. Scholarship recipients are determined by a vote of the Dance Program faculty based on the criteria set for each scholarship. Annual winners of the Dance Program Scholarships are announced at the end of spring quarter.
Eve Green Scholarship
This award is given to a Dance major for artistic promise.
Mary Aid DeVries Scholarship
This award is given to a Dance major in honor of service to the program.
Dance Program Scholarship
This award is given to a Dance major in honor of scholastic merit.
This award is given to a student in the Dance Program based on academic merit and commitment to the dance community (DSA, UW, Seattle, NW, USA, world, etc).
In addition to these annual scholarships, the program also gives two choreographic awards to majors participating in the Dance Majors concert. The awards are determined by special guest judges from the community and are announced at the end of spring quarter.
The University of Washington has a wide range of student support services, clubs, organizations, and other resources on campus that can add to your success, open up new opportunities, and increase your self-awareness.
Participating in a Study Abroad or Exploration Seminar can be one of the most rewarding and enlightening experiences of your education. Although the dance program does not currently have an established departmental study abroad program, students are still able to find University programs that will fit their educational and personal interests. Opportunities can range from 3-4 weeks, to a quarter, to even a year or more. Study African dance in Johannesburg, take general education courses in Rome, or complete your foreign language requirement in Madrid. Find the right opportunity by speaking to an advisor or by visiting the International Programs and Exchanges (IPE) website
Volunteer and Service Learning
Volunteering and Experiential Learning can be very rewarding experiences that enable you to make a positive difference in the lives of others, learn more about yourself and your place in the world, and increase your awareness and ability to help solve some of our greatest social challenges. Tutor students in high schools, serve as a mentor to youth, or volunteer with a high school theatre project. Information about opportunities available at the UW including links to off-campus resources can be found at The Center for Experiential Learning
The entrance to Meany Hall classes and advising is located just off of red square and next to the Odegaard Undergraduate Library.
- Map of Meany Hall
- Metro Transit has a Trip Planner to help you take the bus to campus.
Meany Hall Performing Arts
University of Washington
Seattle, WA 98195-1150
256 Meany Hall
UW Undergraduate Advising
Other locations on campus where you can get academic advice:
Office hours for autumn 2012
The advisor is often available outside of office hours by appointment
- Monday 1:00-5:00
- Tuesday 12:00-5:00
- Wednesday 8:00-1:00
- Thursday 8:00-12:00
- Friday Closed
- Closed on University Holidays. Office hours are subject to change on short notice. If you need to see an adviser, please make an appointment.